Tagged: Typography


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!


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.