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Re: 3-D Printing

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  • Barbara Hauser
    There are versions of these machines that print in metal. My hope for them, as a printer, is that we ll be able to reproduce press parts. See
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 17, 2011
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      There are versions of these machines that "print" in metal. My hope for them, as
      a printer, is that we'll be able to reproduce press parts. See
      http://www.economist.com/node/18114221

      Barbara

      --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Erik Desmyter <erik.desmyter@...> wrote:
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      > I was that "one member who shared his experience on Letpress with an inexpensive 3D setup" and this experience was one day of playing with 3D at the MIAT in Ghent, Belgium a few months ago:
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      > http://armina79.blogspot.com/2011/04/3d-printer.html
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      > 3D printing technlogy has without any doubts some potential and different materials are already possible so I doubt the material choice will be the limitation. However as always quality has a price and if you need fine details it takes forever to 3D print large plates. Every printed "dot" or "pixel" is still a circle with a (too) large diameter and we had many horizontal printing lines and sometimes air gaps so that cheap set-up & material we used had no potential for quality letterpress.
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      > Best regards,
      > Erik
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      > > I have been sent innumerable links to Facebook showings of 3-D printing and this seems to be quite intriguing to folks, especially on Briar Press discussions. Mostly there, other than the usual rants about definitions are the wonders regarding the innovation as if it were a replacement for metal type. This seems to center around its physicality, which is what this is all about. But is a plastic wrench really a replacement for a hardened steel wrench? Of course not.
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      > > No one however considers such technical concerns like ink film laydown and pickup. Plastic, and I am not talking photopolymer plates here (unless you are foolish enough to print on really old photopolymer plates), is a quite inadequate letterpress printing surface.
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      > > Not that there isn't a value to 3-D recreations but printing? Somewhat of a bad choice of wording that has led to misconceptions.
      > >
      > > Gerald
      > > http://BielerPress.blogspot.com
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      > > Yahoo! Groups Links
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