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  1. I'm impressed by your modeling abilities and very curious to see how this will turn out. There are some differences of opinion about the Lettera 22 (as there are about all typewriters), but it is a widely appreciated little machine. Are there any legal issues with patents or copyright?

    I wonder what materials and techniques you need to use to create certain parts that have to be strong and very precise.

    My advice is to be extremely careful in these first stages. A flaw in design will have lots of unfortunate ramifications later (although, given your 21st-century production methods, it may be easier for you to resolve the problems than it would have been for earlier typewriter manufacturers).

    I will be honest: I agree with one reader's comment on your first post regarding the aesthetics of your design. I don't find the black box inspiring. Frankly, it looks like an unimaginative '70s or early '80s style. With 3D printing, it's possible to create exciting and amazing shapes, and it's a fact that the shell of the machine is what will get many people initially excited—if you make it exciting. I suggest an international design competition. You can specify the basic dimensions, etc. and see what people come up with. I bet you would get some really interesting submissions. Maybe the typewriter could even be available with a variety of different shells. I personally would get much more excited about such a thing, and more willing to consider spending $1000 instead of just paying $100 or less for an old Lettera 22.

    1. Yeah, Im not 100% sold on my original concept either, but its a matter of budget and what will give me the simplest most customizable appearance. The square design is to allow modular panels, that can be 3D printed or carved or whatever the user wants, I will be offering those panels in aluminum and carbon fiber, and later cheaper materials like ABS Plastics and Acrylic. The methods the way this typewriter is what will separate it from others.

      Honestly, when I say foundation I mean the Lettera's Design Philosophy, they went for a extremely rugged design, when I compare the frame of the Lettera 22 to say a Skyriter or a Hermes which have sheet metal frames, or carriage shifts, which is a feature or experience someone might want. I dont want people to get the feeling I am just hitting copy paste on other typewriter designs that will not be the case. It will be designed whole by me and other experienced designers. I wouldnt want to pay 1000 dollars for yester-years typewriter.

      Thats a good idea I may consider that, I will be able to give dimensions and design layout parameters fairly soon. If anyone makes one that looks like a Valentine theyve got my vote.

    2. A customizable exterior is an intriguing idea.

      You might look into the Princess, if you haven't yet. It has a great typing feel (although for some reason, the Princess clones made by Maritsa in Bulgaria don't feel quite as nice). This is a carriage-shifted machine, for whatever that's worth.

    3. Oh, and another machine that's widely admired is the early Tippa made by Gossen.

    4. I have a tippa on the way right now!

  2. Great idea.
    I'm with Richard though on copying an already made design when it comes to patents and the like.
    I really like the aesthetics of the Lettera 22, unfortunately its typing action leaves a lot to be desired. the slippery key tops don't help either, but in 3d printing a bit of surface roughness can be added while still keeping them visually pleasing.

    The other thing I see in 3d printing is the need for different strengths of materials. This is not only in the different plastics available, it is what is needed for the machine. Nice thing with plastic is friction may be more easily eliminated than with metal, but as the part is made smaller and / or thinner the plastic may not be able to be made strong enough and rigid enough I've played around with 3D machine parts as well as some of the other engineers I've worked with and we've found in many tooling, machine parts, and similar applications it still is nowhere near the replacement needed for machined and sometimes cast metal parts. Nice thing is that each day advances are made in 3D printing processes and materials.

    Best of success.

    1. Hahaha, Bill I completely agree the typing action is what leaves me kind of blah about the lettera 22, I prefer my rocket over my lettera when it comes to actually typing on. But I said with Richard response its more of a desigh philosophy foundation not a copy paste sort of Im copying that. I want to build upon all of the typewriters that come before not necessarily just the one. Lettera 22 for me serves as a good foundation because they check so many of the design boxes.

      Im using 3D printing right now as just a prototype process to make sure scale and everthing is lining up properly in the real world, most if not all the parts will be CNC machined, and a few other parts may have to be cast such as the segment, I got a CNC quote for that at 300-1000 dollars.

      Ill have to go over what all and how I intend to manufacture all this in my next post. Thanks!

  3. Well, I'm really curious about this one. But I was also excited when I first heard of the We 'R' Memory Keepers typewriter. I will keep an eye on this one - and I want to write a post about this on my German speaking blog Die Schreibmaschinisten.


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