Here’s a great project that caught our eye recently. Tony Short’s collection of ‘glyph’ containers is an eclectic collection of 3D printable letters. It really is a labour of love and captures the special relationship developing between the worlds of typography and 3D printing.
Tony was kind enough to write some words for us about his fantastic project.
‘My background is in Typography. It’s what I studied at university, and the things I learnt there continue to affect my designs to this day. Normally I work with print or web based design, but after buying a 3D printer a year ago (Ultimaker 2) I started exploring how I could fuse my typographic interests with 3D design. Unsurprisingly I have a HUGE typeface collection, most of which I never get to use day-to-day, being far too decorative, or plain weird! I also felt that a lot of typographic-based designs on Thingiverse were using very basic (OK, dull) typefaces. I wanted to inject some variety, highlight some of the great typefaces, and celebrate some unsung typeface designers. I’d already done some typographic models in the form of boxes, so I thought containers may be both fun and useful. Hence the typographic glyph collection came into being.
I designed all of them in Moments of Inspiration (MOI3D) with some processing in Meshmixer to help hollow out some of the more complex forms. This collection helped a great deal with my 3D design and printing skills, which improved a lot over the 3 month period I was working on the project. The final renders were done in Fusion360, which I’m dabbling in, but the learning curve is steep!
I’ve used the term ‘glyph’ as that’s the technical term for a ‘character/numeral/symbol/accent/punctuation’ within a typeface. At the moment I have the glyphs for A to Z, but if there is demand I’m planning to add the numerals 0 to 9 as well as some other symbols: ampersand, question mark, bang, asterisk, quotations etc. I’m happy to add anything else someone requests as well.’
All of Tony’s Glyphs are available on Thingiverse and we can confirm look A-Mazing! Tony plans to do a collection of carved letterforms next, which would allow people to create their own composite monograms, or add to, or carve into their 3D models. He also has an exciting Christmas project in the pipeline. So watch this space!
As the uses for desktop 3D printing continue to expand we are constantly being blown away by the creations produced by our customers. This project by Steve Cox of CREATE Education is one of our recent favourites.
Currently the University of Sheffield is holding a celebration of the work of Nobel Prize winner, Sir Hans Krebs. Krebs won the Nobel Prize in 1953 for his pioneering work discovering the citric acid cycle, also known as the Krebs cycle. The cycle explains one of the most fundamental processes of life: the conversion of food into energy within a cell.
Steve has produced a collection of large scale models for the university that reveal the hidden nano worlds found in the process of photosynthesis.
The six impressive large-scale models were all printed in Faberdashery Arctic White PLA. Steve chose to use Arctic White as it is a great colour for exhibition models due to the optical brighteners in the filament. As Steve also pointed out, PLA is itself a product of photosynthesis as it’s produced from biomass (corn starch). You can see Steve’s full round up of this fantastic project on the CREATE Education blog.
KrebsFest runs at the University of Sheffield throughout November and is free to everyone. Steve’s prints will be displayed in the Western Bank Library exhibition space until February 2016.
Turn on your printer and get ready to print fun! Yes, it’s that time again – Faberdashery are launching a delicious new set of colours for Summer. And delicious is certainly what they are!
Inspired by candy flavours our pastel collection is pure, unadulterated printing fun. We’ve covered all the pastel shades from refreshing sky blue to warm buttery buff. So now with our original pastel pink – Cherry Blossom Pink – we have six terrific shades of pastel.
The five new colours to play with are: Peppermint Cream, Bubblegum Blue, Sugar Plum, Pistachio Pie and Vanilla Milk.
But that is not all! To celebrate the launch of our new range we created a set of beautiful, 3D printable containers available for download on Thingiverse and YouMagine. Each reflect bold shapes and patterns found in nature and are the perfect complement to our luscious pastels. There are three designs to enjoy: the Cactus Cup, the Ripple Bowl and the Armadillo Dish. The combination of these strong geometric designs with our fun new candy colours makes for some stunning prints.
So take a romp in our new pastel collection and add some playfulness to your prints!
Faberdashery are excited to be exhibiting at London’s Mini Maker Faire. We’ll be joining a spectacular line-up of Makers, designers, artists, crafters, engineers, scientists and technologists from across the capital.
We’re getting seasonal with our stand; showing you how you can Make Merry with 3D printing. Our exhibit includes a spectacular array of 3D prints, designed by Faberdashery, especially for the festive season.
All of the designs are free to download on both Thingiverse and YouMagine. You can find them here:
Thingiverse & YouMagine
Faberdashery are also providing sponsorship for other exhibitors at the Faire in the form of material for their print projects. Visitors to the show will also get the opportunity to win a pack of our filament when they race 3D printed robots at the Cannybots stand.
We can’t wait to meet all you wonderful makers and show you the amazing things we have been doing with our materials. Be sure to come and say hi to the Faberdashery team and grab some of our fun give-aways.
To see photos from the event, head over to our Facebook page.
Are you ready for spooky fun? If not, fear not. 3D printing is the perfect way to ensure you don’t get caught in a dead end this Halloween. Here are some of our favourite freaky prints. Do you dare make them….?*
*Pun alert – we’ve inserted as many halloween puns as is humanly (or un-humanly) possible into this post. If you have a fear of puns please stop reading now!
Wicked Pumpkins Demons are a ghoul’s best friend but pumpkins are even better. Print out Makies fantastic Jack-O-Lantern and insert a string of lights to create these glowing pumpkins. How evil do they look!
Glowing Eyes Ever felt like you’re being watched? These glowing eyes will ensure you alway are. Print out them out in Glowbug Yellow, place them in a dark corner and enjoy their malevolent stare.
Halloween Cookie Cutters A great activity to do with the kids. We have created four halloween themed cookie cutters – skull, pumpkin, ghost and bat. Print them out and have fun making cookies to die for.
Treat toppers Treats or tricks at the ready! Why not combine both? Print out zombie fingers and spiderwebs to give your cakes that extra eeeek factor!
Pet Bat Wings It’s only right that your pets should get in on the Halloween fun. These bat wings make the perfect costume. Just make sure you’ve installed a bat flap!
Skelly Make no bones about it Halloween would not be the same without a creepy skull on show. We created Skelly, the dress-up skull, to bring a bit of variety to your Halloween makes. He comes with 10 different accessories that are sure to tickle your funny bone. But don’t stop there! Why not scale him down and print out a collection of skull beads to wear in true headhunter style.
From all the Faberdashery team we wish you a very fun, scary and creepy Halloween. Mwaaa hahahaha…..!!!
It’s July and the summer is officially here. Now is the perfect time to show off your makes in the sun. Here’s our round-up of the best prints to help you make the most of summer.
Make your picnics memorable with fun and colourful prints. How about this smart Snack ‘Stache. It is divided in two to keep your snacks separate and comes with a slide on lid to keep them fresh in your picnic hamper. Talking of keeping things fresh, why not print off a handy bag clip to reseal snack bags when you’re out and about.
For an extra special picnic this Hexagonal Champagne Glass by Linxer is the perfect print. We made one in Cyber Yellow to add some technopop to our picnic.
For the classic Wimbledon-style strawberry snack you’ll find this simple strawberry huller by Daniel Noree is handy. It’s small, quick to print and makes de-stalking strawberries easier than ever. If you’re taking your pooch out with you on your picnic, be sure to print this Dog Bowl Water Bottle Carrier by Chad Ruble to keep your best buddy hydrated. Of course you may just want to get out for a bike ride in the sun. You can still enjoy a nice coffee though by printing out a handy Bicycle Coffee Cup Holder by James le Febvre. Simply print in a cool colour, attach to your cycle, insert coffee cup and off you go with your caffeine-loaded bike!
Summer just would not be the same without a bit of festival action. These shutter shades by Umake are essential printing for some serious partying. After dancing all night you’ll be glad of prints that turn your plastic drinks bottles into portable showers.
This small one by Hiroaki Nishimura connects to your average 500ml bottle. If you want one that connects to a 1litre bottle you can find a print by Mark Edmondson here (yes, we know it’s meant for watering plants but why not use it to water yourself?)! Finally, for making a bit of noise, you should print these fantastic maracas by Ultimaker.
On the Beach
There are some great prints out there to make your beach trips extra fun. Why not start a large hollow Tardis by Max Beach. Use it to make sandcastles that strike fear into the hearts of Cybermen, Daleks and Sea Devils! You’ll need a shovel though, and you can find a great one for printing here.
Going for a dip? Make sure you have somewhere to stash your cash and keys.This Lolly Box is the perfect accessory for the job!
And when you’ve finished your swim, tame unruly tresses with this Shark Comb.
These are just a few of our favourite summer makes. So what will you be printing this season?
Yay! Spring is finally here and with it comes Easter. We’ve designed the perfect companions for the season of chocolate and candy goodness – Egg Pods. These happy little characters are perfect for delivering Easter treats and will make cute containers after all the goodies have gone!
There are three Egg Pods characters to print: Wilmut the Lamb, Beck the Bunny and Eno the Chick. You can download the files here. Print them out in spring colours and share with friends and family!
Happy Spring everybody!