A2/3D: a 3D-printed letterpress font

Sep

13-13

2014

12pm - 12.30pm, 2.30pm - 3pm, 4pm - 4.30pm, 5pm - 5.30pm

Free Event

Connecting the newest and oldest forms of printing, this film documents the design of a new typeface, fabricated as a physical font using 3D-print technology, and put to work in a traditional letterpress print studio.

The screening will be introduced by Richard Ardagh, of New North Press, who commissioned the project, and accompanied by a demonstration of the font being printed throughout the day.

New North Press specialises in traditional letterpress printing, a craft long in decline with the rise of modern print technologies. With wood and metal fonts no longer in large-scale production, it's a technique constrained by antique tools. 3D-printing has been heralded as 'the second industrial revolution' and presents an opportunity to see what the pinpoint accuracy of additive manufacture can achieve. This film documents how a new font was born, charting the progress of renowned typeface designers A2-Type and specialist model-makers Chalk Studios from preliminary sketches to first inking and printing at New North Press.

This project was made possible by Arts Council England.

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