Monthly Archives: July 2011

Hello and welcome to our new site! It is a great feeling to be opening the doors to Faberdashery for the very first time. Here at Faberdashery we are selling a fabulous range of PLA filament for desktop 3D printing. Our filament comes in both 1.75mm and 3mm diameter, in a glorious rainbow range of colours. It has taken some testing and tweaking to get our filament just the way we wanted it – superb roundness, vibrant colouring and of course, great printability. So we are super excited to be releasing it to all you Thingsmiths out there, and even more excited to see what you will do with it!

What’s more, we are selling print filament by the meter! Buy as much – or as little – as you want. Gone are the days of reams of print material left languishing by your printer because you were itching to try the latest filament. Gone are the times when you had to buy an enormous ream of one colour just for a single object. Now you can buy a rainbow selection of print filament safe in the knowledge you only have as much as you need and that you won’t be breaking the bank. Go and try it out now folks and let us know what you think in the comments.

Why Faberdashery has a letterpressed logo…

In 1457 Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type and the printing press. In doing so he changed the world. How?Being able to produce written word en-mass meant ideas could be communicated better, faster and across greater distances. The number of people who could afford to have books in their homes increased dramatically, as did literacy. Suddenly a new world of knowledge and communication opened out before people. The social impact of printing press technology was enormous.

In many ways 3D printing is like the printing press. It is the technology that is set to; not just revolutionise products and manufacturing; but to set a new standard for how we share knowledge and understanding of the objects that surround us. When we conceived the idea of Faberdashery we were inspired by the parallels in the printing press and 3D printing.

We loved the idea of our  logo being an analogue production, just as 3D printing ultimately is and this is why we decided on a letterpressed logo. Letterpress printing is carried out now by just a handful of experts who are keeping the tradition alive. The process is a stunning and underrated art, and those that do it are true craftspeople. Our printer was no exception. His studio is a wonderland of mind-blowing machinery and gorgeous prints and his work is inspiring. Just like a 3D printer, a letterpress is a machine where you can really see the magic of technology in action. The machines themselves are awe-inspiring and the results not only look amazing but also invite you to touch, feel and fully experience the type on the paper (just the way a 3D print impels the observer to handle it).

We would love to see the preservation of typefaces through 3D scanning. Last year Yara Khoury and Melle Hammer created the first 3D printed typeface with their Kashida-arabic and Kashida-latin 3D fonts. The results are beautiful. Check out also the cool stuff RichRap over at richrap.blogspot.com has been doing with his 3D printed business card.

 

We all have our favorite. The world would be a sad place without it. The best brands are recognizable by it. Colour. In short, it’s a powerful thing. We know at Faberdashery that the filament you print with is vital to making your projects the best they can be. That is why we have launched with 18 fantastic filaments. Some of these are brand spanking new and exclusive to Faberdashery! Whatever your project, we will have the filament to suit it.

So what have we got? To begin with there is our rainbow range. This includes all seven colours of the rainbow, and a few extras thrown in for good measure. For prints that need bold primary colours this range is perfect. Then there is our metallics range, for when you want bring some shimmer and shine to your designs (for some ghetto fabulous prints check out our Bling Bling Gold). There is also our is a translucent range, comprising of Glacial Blue, Jade Green and Crystal Clear. These beautiful translucent filaments will print to a delicate semi-opaque finish. We also have a neutrals range. This includes our fantastic Architects Stone, and our gorgeous Buttercream. Our neutrals are great for models and projects needing an understated finish. Of course we also have our monotones consisting of Classic Black and Arctic White (P.S. Our Arctic White contains optical brighteners that give your prints that whiter than white finish).

We have tried to cater for all tastes and print projects. We want our filaments to excite, amaze and inspire. If you visit our shop and feel like a kid in a sweet shop then we have done our job. However we’re not stopping there. Oh no! Even as you read this we are working on our next filament range. It will be coming out soon, so watch this space!

Well, that is it for now. We are very excited and can’t wait to see what you will do with our filament. So, without further ado, let’s get printing!