How can I buy a press?
Here! Get a press!
So … what exactly is “3D” about this press?
The press itself! We are using a modern manufacturing technique called 3D-printing to manufacture most of the parts of the press. It’s basically a machine that can extrude molten plastic and construct a three-dimensional object.
What is the maximum paper size for the press?
The press can print on paper that is 75 x 145mm big.
We are also offering a longer press bed now! It's 75 x 230mm big.
Which techniques can I use with this press?
All intaglio and relief printing techniques can be used with our presses, including etching, engraving, drypoint, mezzotint, aquatint, photo-etching, collagraph, carborundum, chine-collé, monotype, blind embossing, linocut, woodcut, etc.
You can check out some techniques in our ebook!
What kind of plastic are you using for 3D printing?
To keep all our manufacturing as eco-friendly as possible, we are using PLA for all our parts and are collecting all waste to eventually recycle it into new parts. PLA is a plastic made from renewable materials such as corn starch or sugar cane and is biodegradable. It also has great strength properties and is very easy to print.
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes, we can ship worldwide! It’s part of our mission to get printmaking to places where it wasn’t possible before.
Is there a larger version?
Not at the moment, sorry! Even though we might work on a larger version at some point, we are trying to make printmaking accessible and think that the current size for the press is best suited for that. Small artworks can be very fun, check out our Open Press Collection where we challenged artists worldwide to create tiny artworks!
What paper should I use for printing?
There are endless types of printmaking paper and any professional etching paper should be usable with our tiny press. However, we tried paper from Awagami, Hahnemühle, Fabriano and Somerset, they are all great!
I'm not able to get a good print, what am I doing wrong?
You might want to check your paper first. If it’s not picking up all the ink it might not be damp enough. Try letting it sit in water for maybe two or three hours and try again, this might have a great impact on the quality of your print! You can also try and increase the pressure of the press, but do this slowly and see if the results get better.
If you have 3D-printed the open source version, you might want to check if your upper roller is perfectly round. If it’s not, try sanding it to make it run smoothly.
You mentioned something about free plans, how does it work?
Basically, we are not charging for a noncommercial license of the open source-version of the press. Anyone with access to a 3D-printer can print themselves their own press for free, as long as the files are not used for commercial purposes.
We posted a tutorial about how to print your own press, you can read about it here!
I don't know anyone with a 3D printer, how can I get a press?
You will need to find a makerspace or fablab in your area. Universities, schools and local libraries have 3D-printers, lots of people have successfully printed their press that way! Otherwise, you can buy a press from us! We take care of the production, you’ll get a high quality press and can focus on the art-part! Please feel free to send us photos of your artworks via Instagram, we are always excited to see what people do with our presses!
Does the open source version have a metal roller, too?
The free plans for the plans are not designed to have a metal roller, because we want the press to be as accessible as possible. Depending on where you live, it might be quite difficult to find fitting materials. That's why almost all of the parts are 3D-printed to make it as easy as possible for people to print a press! Check out our printing instructions here.
Which 3D-printer do I need?
Any FDM/FFF printer should do. The print area should be at least 150mm in the X or Y axis and it has to be able to print PLA-filament! We love printers from Prusa, they offer great print quality and have a great open-source mindset (not sponsored :)).
Which filament should I use?
We use PLA for all of our parts, because it’s the easiest to use, made from renewable materials and has good strength properties. Other materials such as ABS and PETG might work as well, but we suggest using PLA for all parts, since it’s less bendy.
How do I get small blankets?
This might be a challenge. Lots of people are approaching local printmaking studios and are asking them for leftover blankets. Often times they have damaged or old blankets, you might be able to get a small piece! Otherwise, we will be selling them in our shop, soon!
Can I print the free version and sell it?
No, even though we want printmaking to be as accessible as possible and spread worldwide, we want to do so in a healthy and wholesome way. Please respect the noncommercial aspect of it and contact us if you have any questions or want to sell them in your store!
More questions? Just write us an email!