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‘Make to the future’ London’s first 3D-printed letterpress font

Film screening + Q&A – connecting newest and oldest printing technologies, Richard Ardagh from New North Press will reveal the story behind crafting the first 3D-printed letterpress typeface in East London, with A2-Type and Chalk Studios.
When Nov 04, 2014 from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM

MakersCAFE, The Old Shoreditch Station
1 Kingsland Rd
London E2 8DA
United Kingdom

Tuesday 4 November 2014, from 6·30 to 8·00pm

Book tickets here

About the film:

‘A23D’ was commissioned by Richard Ardagh of New North Press, a traditional letterpress print studio in East London. Letterpress has been 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.

The 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. Film maker Adrian Harrison follows the progress of renowned typeface designers Scott Williams and Henrik Kubel of A2-Type and specialist model-makers Chalk Studios from preliminary sketches to first inking and printing at New North Press.


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