First it was the $14,000 Gold Spica Virginis, the 3D printed pen created by designer Rein van der Mast to resemble an ear of grain and named after the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. As with any new technology, 3D printed pens, even collectible designer ones, are now becoming more accessible. That’s the case with van der Mast’s latest TypeONE 3D printed pen design.
The TypeONE is an affordable 3D printed fountain pen that is equipped with the world’s first 3D printed titanium nib, also a creation of the Dutch designer and technologist. He came up with the world’s first 3D printed fountain pen in 2013, followed by this totally unique nib in 2016.
The handcrafted TypeOne 3D printed pen
Although new technologies are applied, the pen’s creation comes from craftsmanship. Most tools have become digital but they still have to be guided by human hands. In addition, the finishing and adjustment of the 3D printed nib are done manually and with great care.
Rein reports that several fountain pen collectors have confirmed that the nib is very pleasant to write with. Both the slit, that is included in the 3D print, as well as the raised edges along the slit help to evenly and reliably distribute the ink. The approach towards nib manufacturing is game-changing.
The other visible parts are carefully designed and 3D printed in durable, strong plastics. The pen (that only weights 30 grams) comes in two versions: Black and Silver Grey. It is made of plastic filled with very small aluminum particles (alumide) for a mild sparkling effect. The nib comes in three options: fine, medium and wide.
TypeONE to 100
For collectors, a 3D printed display is also available. It consists of a non-uniform 3D lattice structure and is also 3D printed.
To emphasize the small-series-character of the 3D printing manufacturing process, only 99 pieces of both versions will be made, a limited edition for progressive pen enthusiasts as well as seasoned collectors.
The TypeONE is brought to the market by 3Dimensions, a partnership between Rein van der Mast, Dennis van de Graaf, owner of the renowned fountain pen shop La Couronne du Comte, and Bart Koster, owner of Promo2000 and pen distributor.