Additive Manufacturing has been adopted by Dutch designer Rein van der Mast to produce a series of complex and innovative fountain pen designs under his Pjotr brand. Having started using the technology in 2013 to design unique titanium fountain pens, van der Mast has now incorporated a fully functional additively manufactured nib in his latest design.
The new Spica Virginis fountain pen’s body and nib are additively manufactured from titanium powder. “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 aesthetic reasons,” stated van der Mast.
Van der Mast originally produced one-off pen designs to demonstrate the potential for customisation in AM, however a small series production run of the latest pen has been undertaken. “In the case of the Spica Virginis, design has priority over technology. Back in 2013 it was the other way around,” added van der Mast, “Having only one piece to carry the design effort results in a pricey object.” Although multiple copies of the Spica Virginis pen are produced, each piece has a unique serial number included in the 3D print.
More information on purchasing the pen can be found here