For one of our loyal customers we have recently experimented with printing moulds. The challenge was a high-detailed scan of a miniscule hand-crafted icon, which needed to be transferred to a mould for pressing leather. We were both curious if the quality of the print would suffice, what the total cost was and how the material would last over time.With one of our partners, GeoPoints, we have scanned the icon in an automated scan solution. Although not all details were captured, the icon was already recognizable. Some extra fine tuning was done in zBrush and the missing details were reapplied. We were curious to find out if our Form2 “Clear” material would be strong enough to withstand the leatherpress and if all the details would be transferred to the print.
The printing of the mould took a while, over 48 hours of printing in the highest possible resolution. Mainly because the mould used the maximum build size of 140x140mm. Pressing with the mould was succesful with all details clearly visible. The client is satisfied with the endresult and the mould will be used by Atelier Goudleer to brand several handmade items.