3D Typography “Steady As She Goes”

Typography can be described as the art and technique of making language visible.  Words are powerful enough, but digitization has opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users.

3D printing of typography brings a whole new level of creativity and imagination.  For graphic designer and typographer, Luca Ionescu, inspiration comes from the need to make things better or try something new.  That’s why he approached 3D Systems Asia-Pacific to push the boundaries of technology to 3D print his “Steady As She Goes” (see below image) piece.

To produce the art piece, our Prototyping Technician recommended 3D Systems SLS technology and DuraForm ® PA plastic material for the following reasons:
- Unlimited geometric complexity
- Durability (longevity of art piece)
- SLS requires no extra finish
- SLS finish was akin to coral and bone structures of design

Our technician points out that re-work of CAD data by an expert is an essential part of any complex geometry piece to optimize the CAD for SLS build.  Dimensions: 339mm X 492mm

Luca runs Like Minded Studio where he has attracted the attention of Australia’s most creative agencies and high-profile clients from Coke to MTV.  Luca predicts that typography pieces will be made from a variety of both physical and digital methods, including rapid prototyping.

“The possibilities of using 3D printing break the conventions of typography wide open to a new realm of expression through sculptural typographic pieces.  I think as creative’s in design, art and advertising start using different technology to communicate to the audience, type will become more dynamic and interactive,” Luca explained.

Testimonial SLS model

click here for more images of the art piece.

3D Systems Completes The Acquisition of Z Corp


Announced on the 3rd January 2012 3D Systems has completed the acquisition of Z Corporation and Vidar Systems.

The acquisition integrates Z Corp and Vidar products and services with 3D Systems’ extensive portfolio, uniquely positioning 3D Systems for accelerated growth in the dynamic, rapidly expanding 3D content-to-print space.

“This is a historic, game changing event for our customers and stockholders.  Today we gained full colour and high speed 3D printing technology, increased our marketplace presence significantly in verticles beyond product development and direct manufacturing, assembled the largest and most-well prepared reseller channel in 3D printing, and catalyzed our healthcare solutions business”, said Abe Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems.


3D Systems Delivers Affordable New Desktop Printer

Press Release - New ProJet™ 1000 Makes High-Resolution Accessible To Professionals and Students Alike

3D Systems Asia-Pacific announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet™ 1000 personal 3D printer. The new low cost 3D printer makes high-resolution, durable plastic  parts accessible and affordable to educators, students and professionals alike.
Press Release – ProJet 1000 printer

3D Systems Delivers Next-Gen Colour Desktop Printer

Press Release – New ProJet™ 1500 Low Cost, High Resolution 3D Colour Printer

3D Systems Asia-Pacific announced the immediate availability of a breakthrough low cost personal 3D printer, making high-resolution durable colour parts accessible to more designers, engineers, architects, marketers, educators and students.  Press Release – ProJet 1500 printer