Boeken van plastic | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 30, Issue 2023
  • ISSN: 1381-0065
  • E-ISSN: 2772-7726



Unorthodox as it may seem, 3D printing can be applied in book production. This contribution features seven books for which the 3D printer has been used. Three of the featured works have a 3D printed binding; they have been custom made, and hand-bound, by artisanal bookbinders in collaboration with 3D print designers. Another work, published in a regular print run, comes in a 3D printed slipcase. The fifth work is a unique production by a designer and an author; its pages, all in braille, are 3D printed. The final two works have been 3D printed in their entirety – pages and binding: one is the result of a mass project with hundreds of participants, and the other a designer’s individual project.

The 3D printer offers novel possibilities for making books as well as new perspectives on book design, as it re-emphasizes the three-dimensionality of the material object.


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