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Stampomatica: when letterpress meets 3D printing


Thanks to Stampomatica, letterpress is becoming accessible to people other than grumpy old typographers and dedicated type hipsters.

This said, you’ll still to be geeky enough to create 3D models of things you want to letterpress and print it in 3D. Stampomatica is just the tool that will allow you to use this 3D print to do letterpress by hand at home or at work.

Stampomatica is available in two different models: a small handy press to print business cards and a postcard size lever to create stationaries and paper goods like invitations, announcements, coasters and so on.





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Link About It: 3D Printing for Animals

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Many people have hailed 3D printing as the technology of the future, and it’s true—from medicine to construction and even clothing, there’s no doubt that 3D printing is here to stay. One of the warmest ways that we’ve seen the technology applied, though……

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Get 3D printing and make some money in 2015

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Acquainting Yourself With the Specifics of the Printing Process

For graphic designers in this day and age an increasing amount of the day’s workload is prepared for the digital medium. The move to a digital environment has elevated work destined for print to a more exact practice, requiring adjustments to the finished product that might not be immediately apparent.

In this article we’ll be taking you through some of the nuances of preparing print-ready posters with optimisation tips to have things rolling off the press as smoothly as possible. However, just as with digital work the best place to start is with a solid understanding of what the client wants.

If you’ve been given a solid brief, you’ll be able to get your head around the specifications of the job. For example, are you adapting logos and branding that have been designed in-house, or are you responsible for moving that branding forward with a redesign?

What’s Different between Print and Digital?

If you’re used to mainly digital work, be sure to distance yourself from that mindset and go into things with a fresh pair of eyes. In a lot of ways it can be liberating no longer having to worry what a design will look like on mobile phones and tablets, or worrying about what the alt text on a certain graphic would be.

Presenting your work in CMYK can stop anything getting lost in translation

On the other hand, screens go on pretty much forever within the limits of good taste, posters definitely do not. It can be surprising to see how many habits designers have picked up since the dawn of the digital age which seem second nature to the job now.

Find out who is printing the poster. It’s possible that they’ll require final templates to conform to different specifications, a quick email now to confirm can save tedious reworking and fiddling further down the line.

  • What file format is the printer looking for? You’ll usually be asked for a .pdf.
  • Is file size an issue?
  • What colour mode does the printer use? Printers mainly use CMYK.

Get to Know Your Audience

What about the differing impact print has on the audience? After all, although the skills you’re employing to design your poster are fundamentally the same as preparing, say, a flyer to post on social media, the way your audience interacts with them are profoundly different.

The web is a highly interactive medium, any work you do there will be presented with accompanying links for those wishing to know more. With print you’re working in inches, not pixels and you need to convey your message at a glance, but in a way that then demands further attention.

Your ace in the hole here is that you’ll be producing a design to go on a physical product. Be sure to fully capitalise on the emotional connection that comes from having an audience see your design in the flesh and not just on a screen.

When considering the target audience, do so not only in terms of design, but also delivery. How is the final printed piece going to be distributed? What size will the printed poster be?

  • A4 will suit customers handling the poster similar to a flyer.
  • A3 is best for small or medium venues where it can be viewed fairly close-up.
  • B1 is for use in display stands on the high street, in train stations or similar.

A lot of this is likely to be covered in your initial meetings with your client, or can be easily caught up on now you know what questions to ask. What tends to cause a lot of back and forth between designers and printers (sometimes with the mutual client as a frustrated go-between) are the technical specifications to bear in mind at the design end of things.

As mentioned before, the RGB colour mode is used mainly on displays like computer monitors. Printers favour CMYK as it worked better in a subtractive colour scheme, resulting in a wider range of better colours.

Presenting your work in CMYK can stop anything getting lost in translation. The most common applications used by designers, Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator all provide the means for you to switch to working in this mode.

Presenting your work in CMYK can stop anything getting lost in translation

Consider what the poster will be printed on, using what. What ink does the printer use? What paper will the poster find itself on in its tangible form? Without detailing all the major combinations thereof in impossible depth, suffice to say that a quick bit of research can net you some handy hints as to what colours might look best.

For example, your printer could be using soy based inks, which are eco friendly and cost effective, that give you beautifully rich colours and have a low resistance when it comes to rubbing off. On the flip side, if you’re printing window stickers or metallic boards, your printer will use white inks so careful consideration of how that contrast will work for your design.

Elanders uses wet inks which allow the paper to absorb the ink rather than laying on top of the paper in a similar fashion to toner printers. As for paper, if your printer is using a digital press, they tend to utilise SRA3 paper whereas lithographic or offset presses use 80gsm thin paper, which is ideal for books. They, however, use a 400gsm board that they find to be ideal for most printed communications such as invitations and greetings cards.

Know Where Your Print Is Coming From

Just as important as the materials used is the method used. You and your client will likely be faced with the choice between lithographic printing and digital printing. The former, also known as offset printing, works by transferring the inked image onto the printing material by means of a plate and rubber roller. The plate transfers the ink to the paper, attracting the inks loaded into the print machine. Meanwhile, the non-imaged areas attract a water-based film that keeps them clear.

You and your client will likely be faced with the choice between lithographic printing and digital printing

Digital printing, on the other hand, uses an image which is transferred directly onto the medium chosen for the poster. It probably goes without saying that the setup costs for a run of digital printing are far lower than an offset equivalent.

Digital printing lets you personalise documents, not so handy for posters but useful for projects like a direct mail campaign. It can be set up easily, allowing you to print on demand and stay in control of your costs. Overall, it’s the far cheaper option.

That being said, offset printing has its place. Where digital printing tends to use A3-sized plates, offset printing uses plates of B1 size, roughly nine times larger than an A4 sheet. This makes offset printing more suited to larger print runs and lets you turn out huge volumes of print at the highest quality. Maps, brochures and other large-scale print jobs which require immaculate precision are best handled with offset printing.

Presenting your work in CMYK can stop anything getting lost in translation

The transition between working for digital and print can be a tricky one. Thankfully, by spending a little time acquainting yourself with the specifics of the process your printer will be using, you can ensure that your design skills translate as well as possible.

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Three 3D printing designs that push the envelope

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If there’s one field in the world of design that’s moving at breakneck pace, it’s 3D printing. Not only are 3D printers now readily affordable, but the range of products you can create with them grows daily. For those wishing to exploit their design skills to create saleable 3D-printed products, CGTrader is a great resource of information and ideas. And the winners of their latest competition shows just how far 3D designers have come with the technology. 

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Cool Hunting Video: Thornwillow Press: From papermaking to printing and publishing, this upstate NY-based company does it all while keeping modern technology at arm’s length

Cool Hunting Video: Thornwillow Press

When upstate in Newburgh, NY recently, we visited Thornwillow Press headquarters. Founder Luke Ives Pontifell (who started the company in 1985 as a labor of love) guided us through his diverse collection of printing processes and presses, as well……

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How to prepare a model for 3D printing

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3D printing can be a frustrating business. You’ve stroked and sculptured your character to on-screen perfection yet, somehow, your character crumbles when you try and print it. As you read on, we’ll explore some simple techniques that will help you tweak your models for successful 3D printing.

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5 ways to make your 3D printing cheaper and more reliable

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It’s understandable. You’ve finished your design and you want to 3D print the model as soon as possible. The chances are however, if you just hit the print button and hope, you’ll be heading for disappointment. That’s because there’s a real knack to 3D printing.

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How 3D printing is rescuing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Annie Pfeiffer chapel


Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most admired architects of the 20th century, and one of his masterpieces is on a Florida campus.

The problem with architecture that pays attention to details is that some of those details can be very costly to repair. Creating bricks that require a lot of manpower is time consuming and costs a lot.

Once again, 3D printing seems to be the perfect solution to create these pieces at a cheaper price, as you can see on this post.





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5 printing companies to get your marketing material at a low price

A marketing budget typically covers costs for advertising, promotion and public relations. This can cost you very expensive but for your benefit, below I have researched five printing companies that help you get your marketing materials at a low price. Have a look!


Uprinting – the trusted printer of choice – has a Superior quality printing and great customer service with fast turnaroud. Because of this, businesses, graphic designers and everyday consumers trust UPrinting for their printing at best possible price. UPrinting is all backed up by their 100% Quality Guarantee!



PsPrint – a high quality online printing services that you can trust – offer premium, eye-catchy and affordable print marketing with benefits including top quality, fast turnaround and dependability you can trust. It is an eco-friendly printing company, and offers a choice of recycled paper stocks and soy-based inks.



Mimeo is the innovator of on-demand cloud printing services and a leading online printing company offering digital distribution and printing solutions. Thousands of customers rely on the company’s award winning document management tools and print on demand solutions to lower document related costs while improving employee productivity.



Moo – the next day printing rush – has the full range of sumptuous business stationery that prints the things you make and gets them to you in perfect condition. Order before midnight and your prints are ready on the nest day. It also offers a dedicated account managed service and easy online ordering system.



PrintPapa provides the best service at the best price in the fastest time. High quality work, low minimums & fast turnarounds are what PrintPapa do best. Whether it’s printing your brochures, flyers, business cards, vinyl banners, window clings, posters, signage, presentation folders, or booklets, PrintPapa does all. Simply log on to and place your order online.


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