Typography Enhances 3D Printing

3D Model Typography

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” art piece.

To produce the art piece, 3D Systems Prototyping Technician recommended 3D Systems Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) sPro™ 60 printer using 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 

In most cases, an expert technician is required to rework the initial CAD data to enable complex geometry pieces  like this for 3D printing.  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.