[KwartzLab] FW: [LETPRESS] custom laser graphics
kpmartin at thinkage.ca
Sun Nov 27 22:53:22 EST 2011
Weren't these called "indentured apprentices" then?
But of course, there is again the "gee-that's-neat-why-not-just-use-a-mill" feeling.
The main problem with using a mill is that the sharp inside corners of the letters being carved need a very fine-pointed cutter, while hogging out most of the background works better with a wide cutter. Keeping the fine-tipped cutter sharp and also properly registered with the coarse one is tricky.
I have a DVD released earlier this year entitled "Making Faces: Metal type in the 21st Century" which shows some of the steps involved in typeface design and production of matrices (the moulds for casting the type). Maybe some evening I could bring it in and violate its license for a public showing... This would give some insight into pre-computer methods for producing such fine detailing.
the Papertrail Handmade Paper & Book Arts
New Dundee, Ontario
From: discuss-bounces at kwartzlab.ca [mailto:discuss-bounces at kwartzlab.ca] On Behalf Of Ben Brown
Why can't we just use a shopbot like they used to do in the 18th century?
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