Type & lettering by Ben Johnston
3D design, rendering and 3d printing by Mark Simmons
We wanted to create something that neither of us could do independently and that would really leverage our individual talents; Ben is good at custom type and illustration and Mark is into form giving and making physical things.
3D printed typographic sculptures created to explore the transition between 2D and 3D space through combining two design disciplines; graphic design and product design. The process started with sketches done by hand, which were refined in to vector format, then converted in to 3D shapes in the form of a CAD file, which was rendered and animated with a computer and finally brought back to the physical world using a 3D printer.
The Technical Details:
The final sculptures were 3d printed using a FFF (fused filament fabrication) machine (a Makerbot Replicator 2) using a renewable bioplastic called PLA. Each of the type sculptures consists of 3 pieces - this is due to limited build volume of the printer. In all, each type sculpture took about 50 hours to print.