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!