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.

Printing a Bike using SLS Technology

EADS, the European aerospace and defense group, has unveiled the world’s first bike “grown” from powder, allowing complete sections to be built as one piece.

Known as the “Airbike,” it is made of nylon but strong enough to replace steel and requires no conventional maintenance or assembly. It can be tailoured made by modifiying the 3D CAD file and manufactured in days.

SLS Sample – Gear Cube


 SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)


 It has come to our attention that a few cubes sent out after christmas will have a missing part.  If you are missing the center part – please email info.asiapac@3dsystems.com requesting your missing section.  

Apologise if this has caused unnecessary stress.

 SLS Gear Cube

This clever gear cube was produced on 3D Systems sPro 60 SLS machine using DuraForm ® PA Plastic material.  The cube is assembled from 8 pieces using 8 small pegs and is quite challenging for many of us!

Cube assembly instructions:

- Start with the center part (see image below) and build your cube around this.

- Push small pegs into holes located on the small surface of the center part (make sure the pegs are pushed into the center part as far as it can go)

- Push large pegs into holdes located on the large surface of the center part

- Attach small gears onto the small pegs

- Attach large gears onto the large pegs


-  Twist the corners to allow the gears to move.  First few turns will be stiff, the more turns the more freely it will move.



What is DuraForm ® PA ?

It is a durable engineering plastic ideal for -  

  • Prototypes that require good durability and strength
  • Low to mid volume direct manufacturing of end-use parts
  • Medical parts that require USP Class VI compliance or must be sterilized
  • Complex, thin-walled ducts
  • Aircraft and motorsports parts
  • Enclosures and housings
  • Parts with snap-fits and living hinges
  • Automotive dashboards, grilles and bumpers

CLICK HERE.. Movie SLS 3D printed cube to see how the cube works after it is assembled.  



Fashionable prosthesis manufactured in SLS technology

Scott Summit and Chris Campbell of Bespoke Innovations create prosthesis that allow for individual expression, while delivering essential functionality for the wearer. 

Current mass-produced prosthesis are harsh in context to the human form, Summit says “I saw an opportunity to use design and technology tools to not only return symmetry and individuality to the body of an amputee, but also to offer design, personality and uniqueness”.  Due to the individualised nature of using additive manufacture (3d printing) technology, the fairings that are created alter a person’s life from the moment  they begin wearing them in ways that a mass-produced item cannot.

The parts are 3D printed using selective laser sintering, which fabricates in Polyamide 6 and 12 (Nylon).  “We prefer this material, since it’s strong, accurate, lightweight and even dishwasher safe.  And it’s about the greenest way to create a product, since there is little energy used in fabrication, and generates almost no waste.”