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What You Need to Know About Typography and 3D Printing

May 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 173

If you've read about Steve Jobs, you would surely know about typography. How he managed to make typography a part of computers we use today. It is as though, one of the finest arts of making words visible has been introduced to us all over again, but on computer by late Steve Jobs.

Typography is beautiful art/technique that gives life to the dead words. It makes language elite with various typefaces, fonts, line length and spacing, and plenty of other features. And more was added to the beauty of this art when typography embraced 3D printing.

Typography got digitalized and paved way for hundreds and thousands of people to have a career as visual designers. Being a designer needs imagination and creativity, and the level of imagination has gone to a new level with typography and 3D printing coming together.

Graphic designers who have an urge to "think-outside-the-square" and push the boundaries of technology are exploring the options of 3D Printing. One such designer, is Luca Lonescu. He approached 3D Systems Asia-Pacific to learn new things and go to the next level in using 3D printing technology. For he has created an art piece called "Steady as She Goes" which needs sheer dedication and utilisation of 3D printing to reproduce the detailed, complex object. Previously it would have taken months to recreate his pirate typography art piece using traditional machining tools or hands-on fabrication.

Check out the reasons why people are recommending 3D Systems, maybe this is what you're probably looking for as well.

• Limitless Geometric Complexity

• Speed, models recreated in days

• Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printing process doesn't require extra finishing

• SLS parts are made from a durable plastic that has longevity and ideal for art models, lights or furniture pieces

Luca runs a studio with many art forms of typography. His attraction to 3D printing has allowed him to explore the physical art form of typography, as seen in the picture below:

3D Systems Asia-Pacific uses several 3D printing technologies to best match customer applications. In the case of Luca's project, SLS plastic sintering process was used to provide a robust model that had a similar look and feel as a skeleton. SLS technology is also used to create models for prototype design validation and end-use applications in the automotive, medical, whitegoods, electronics and defence industries.

Let's discuss how it can be of help to a visual or graphic designer.

3D Printers

3D Printers are for everyone, i.e. from a professional to a production house. There are different systems for individuals and for professionals which are of high quality and are durable at the same time. Moreover, they're absolutely easy to use and save you lot of time by automating almost the entire work.

Manufacturing Services

3D Systems is not just about 3D printing technology. They also provide design productivity tools, machining of plastic and metal parts, low and high volume injection Rapid Prototyping, die casting and other manufacturing services like pad printing and packaging. With engineers located in Australia, USA and China, 3D Systems is able to take your project from concept to completion, whatever the application.

Ever since Typography embraced 3D Printing, things have changed a lot. People now have more "freedom-of-design" to express their meaning without being limited to traditional manufacturing techniques. And above all, the options will continue to be endless as materials and 3D printing technology continues to advance.

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