Creator of the first 3D printed fountain pen in the world


More Design Research

To explore more of the potential of 3D printing related to fountain pens I tried a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) 3D printer, one made by in Holland by Ultimaker. And applied a bronze filled filament from ColorFabb. More on the website of ColorFabb:

Also included is the latest version of my additvely manufactured fountain pen nib (patent pending), world's first !

First review of the 3D printed titanium nib

A beta version of the Spica Virginis was tested by Dries Bleus. About the nib:
"The medium-broad nib is ground to a stub and it writes like a dream. Being titanium, it offers a good amount of bounce, and some line variation if necessary. The feed provides a generous flow and keeps up well."

Spica Virginis, titanium 3D printed fountain pen and nib

DORDRRECHT, The Netherlands – The Dutch designer and technologist Rein van der Mast is about to disrupt how fountain pens are made. Instead of relying on proven technology like turning, a couple of years ago he started 3D printing titanium fountain pens and now he also 3D prints  its fully functional nib. This enables him to create complex design features and even mechanical assemblies in a single 3D print.

Early in 2013 the first 3D printed fountain pen was revealed by Pjotr, the artist name of Rein van der Mast. After more than three years, required to overcome various technological challenges, there is now the Spica Virginis, resembling a spike of wheat and named after the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, where the virgin holds a bundle of spikes.

Pjotr, Spica Virginis
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Aerospace and automotive

Shortly after Van der Mast had introduced the first 3D printed fountain pen ever made he became the Manager Design & Engineering of a Dutch start-up called Additive Industries. Today this company has sold several of its impressive machines. Its clients are well known firms in aerospace and automotive. There he was able to extend his skills in additive manufacturing, another term for 3D printing. Van der Mast: “In case of the Spica Virginis design has priority over technology. Back in 2013 it was the other way around.” To demonstrate the potential of 3D printing in customization he started with one of a kind designs. Van der Mast: “Having only one piece to carry the design effort results in a pricey object.” So today his goal is to create small series. Each piece however has its unique serial number included in the 3D print.

Printed nib

Van der Mast also 3D printed the pen’s nib. “It is amazing what one can create by 3D printing. The nib is printed in titanium with the slit included. The current model is rather straight forward. This way however I can create very complex ink channels and precisely affect the way the nib interacts with the paper as well as the pen's user. And of course, this way one can also create very complex shapes for esthetic reasons.” The results stimulated him to convert his effort into a patent application.

FEA of nib 
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Creating an object virtually and digitally enables its designer to test it before it is made physically, saving time and costs. So Pjotr put his 3D printed titanium nib (patent pending) into Inspire 2017 of Altair and ran this simple test. In the animation above one can see areas with tension (orange) and compression (green). Slight modifications in the nib’s design will have different results, enabling the designer to modify the nib's ‘flex’ in detail.

Also the pen case is extraordinary. Its structure is very complex and called a ‘lattice’. Structures like this are only feasible by 3D printing. Common benefits are in better stiffness-to-weight ratio. "And it is only getting better as more machines enter the marked for fabricating smaller objects more precisely."

Pjotr, Spica Virginis
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The Spica Virginis is exclusively available at La Couronne du Comte.

More info and images are available under DESIGNS.

Follow Pjotr on Instagram

From now on you can follow Pjotr on Instagram !

Explorations by Pjotr

Pjotr frequently explores the latest techniques to achieve the best possible results. This activity is named Research and consists of combinations of design and technology driven explorations with gold plated 3D printed titanium parts, 3D printed golden parts, 3D printed ceramic parts, enamel (including the plique-à-jour technique ) and gemstones.

Plique-à-Jour (titanium, 18k gold plated, enamel)
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3D Printing metal parts

The founder of Pjotr, Rein van der Mast, has joined the management team of Additive Industries. This company owns multiple state-of-art machines for printing metal parts. With these machines and several suppliers to Dutch high-tech industries Additive Industries' focus is on exploring the potential of additive manufacturing and building better printers than currently available.

Being its Manager Design & Engineering Rein is looking for ways to improve industrial productivity. He expects this to become beneficial to Pjotr.

Below is one of his latest design, a fountain pen to be 3D printed in stainless steel (316L).

Meteor (stainless steel, gold)
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More experiments

Pjotr used the abdication of HM Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands in favor of her son HRH Prince Willem-Alexander in multiple design experiments. The result shown below is camp and includes a crystal block. Inside this block there is a line 'drawn' by laser. When looking at this line from one direction one finds the silhouette of the former queen of the Netherlands. From another direction there is the silhouette of her son. The double portrait is an idea of Pieter Adriaans, artist and professor in learning and adaptive systems at the University of Amsterdam.

Double face (gold, art crystal)
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Pjotr in Pen World magazine, April 2013

Pjotr is now in Pen World magazine, on 3 1/2 pages ! Pen World (Houston, Texas) is one of the leading magazines in the world on exclusive pens.

Pen World magazine

Pjotr also on Twitter and Facebook

Pjotr is also available on Twitter andFacebook:

Pjotr and SOLide extending their research

One of the most important elements of Pjotr is innovation. So he is constantly looking for new and better methods to deal with the themes of his clients. Because of this, recently he asked SOLide to look for new methods that might be suitable.

He modeled a simple pen. Its shape derives from the upcoming abdication of HM Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands in favor of her son HRH Prince Willem-Alexander, April 30, 2013. Since the focus should be on the large parts, he asked SOLide to install a standard rollerball cartridge.

Today there are various methods available, all having specific pros and cons. Pjotr would like to know them in every detail. For example, one could high-res 3D print the main objects in plastic and plate them with gold, a method that is expected to prove it os a very cost effective one. One also could have them fully 3D printed in gold, which requires much more gold, of course. One also could 3D print the objects and use them as tools in an less direct process, called lost-wax casting.

And even more extreme as well as exclusive methods are available today, like 3D high-res printed in a very hard ceramic material, a process that has already been used succesfully for the creation of the casing of watches.

Pjotr will keep you posted on this !

Torch (gold)
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