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 Printing Almost mainstream


Computerworld —  Professional solid modeling tools such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks and 3-D printer kits costing less than $1,500 are making 3-D printing cost-effective and time-saving, says Computerworld in a comprehensive overview.

Richard Smith used a consumer-grade 3D “plastic jet printer” (The RapMan) and a computer-aided design…

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 to unveil Cubify

Video:  Cubify 3D Printer

3D Systems corporation plans to unveil its Cubify.com 3D software for creating designs for 3D printing on mobile devices, tablets and Kinect.

Along with the intuitive 3D apps, a personal printer, the Cube 3D Printer, has been specifically designed to turn any digital canvas to a physical model.  Priced at US$1,299, the printer is ready to print right out of the box in a wide range of vibrant colours.    

The Cube 3D printer will be fully commercialised during the first half of 2012 – so keep an eye of this space.


NY Times: The wow factor of 3D Printing



Earlier this year the New York Times published this interesting article about 3D printing.

“3D printers are the best thing to come out of the labs in a long time because they allow for the manipulation of reality instead of virtual space…”   

click here to read the full story about the wow factor of 3D Printing.

A sneak peak inside the design hot-house of Apple.

THE design studio where Jony Ive reigns, on the ground floor of Two Infinite Loop on the Apple campus, is shielded by tinted windows and a heavy locked door. Just inside is a glass-booth reception desk where two assistants guard access. Even high-level Apple employees are not allowed in without special permission.  Click here to find out what’s behind the doors and why a model is worth more than an image.

Read full article from The AGE 25th October 2011