How exactly do you use 3D printing to assist in the extremely tedious and difficult art of leather book binding? It’s pretty simple actually — by 3D printing the title you want to emboss!
[Luc Volders] is a hobbyist book binder. He’s also recently gotten into 3D printing, by building his own Prusa I2, and even now, he’s working on building a Delta printer. Typically to do a relief or embossed title on a leather-bound book requires a lot of time — and it’s pretty easy to mess up.
He’s done book covers with relief before, by painstakingly carving each letter out with a knife, then gluing leather onto the cover, pressing it into the indent left by carving. It’s not easy.
Then he had an idea on how to do an embossed cover. 3D print your title, glue it on, and add a leather skin. This technique could also be used with a laser cutter (which would be quite a bit faster) and could allow you to do relief based covers as well — simply use the laser cutter to cut out the lettering instead!
Curious about the actual binding process? We’ve got you covered.
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