During the Maker Fair Rome 2013 the companies Tecnificio and Lino’s Type presented something that makes old and new technologies go hand in hand: Stampomatica. It uses the technique of old Letterpress printing press to create two models of analogic micro-machines, that print postcards as well as business cards.
Letterpress printing takes us back to the 1400’s. It is said that Johannes Gutenberg has invented the moveable type printing press in the mid-fifteenth century, which became the first example of mass communication, after which letterpress printing turned out to become the primary method of printing and distributing information. There is something romantic about letterpress, because the stamps look very natural and even a bit do it yourself-ish.
The new Stampomatica printers are partly created by a 3D printer as well as a laser cutter. There are two models for this printer. The first one is set to print designs on business cards while the other creates postcards or invitations, announcements and coasters. Customers can choose details like the printing plate’s design and the color of the material and ink themselves.
The major goal of Stampomatica is to show people the beauty of traditional typography. The letterpress printing technique very much contradicts the modern way of manufacturing, but Stampomatica makes us realize old techniques definitely remain having their charms.