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I made a hand-mold (video)

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Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm
I made a hand-mold (video)

A short film illustrating the process of making the mold, engraving a sample matrix and casting my very first letter.


Idea: Creating a simplified version of a traditional hand-mold that faithfully served 15th-19th century typefounders and printers. This will be a centerpiece of my portable foundry. The plan is to cast some ancient Cyrillic and Glagolitic type.

Method: I am using a Proxxon MF-70 mill converted to use CNC, running GRBL 1.0

Findings: There is a fair bit of variation between faces, gotta work more on the pouring technique and make a spring to lock the matrix in place that will allow for faster casting and should improve the quality. When engraving he matrix, the design path needs to be slightly thinner to allow for the cutting bit offset and ink spread.