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3D Printed Ukiyo-e

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By using this 3D printed Ukiyo-e technique, you can print this classic British repeating wallpaper design. The result is a beautiful picture of birds stealing strawberries! Try a this thoroughly modern version of the ancient art of Ukiyo-e for yourself. More designs to come.

Watch my video below to see how to do the actual printing with acrylic paint.

There are 8 plates in total to print I have named each print to suggest what colour to use and which order they should be printed in for best results, but feel free to experiment, the plates will almost last forever but wash them with cold water and soap to avoid paint buildup.

After 3D printing each plate, use a sanding block and 120 grit sandpaper to make the top surface flat and smooth so it holds paint evenly. This does not take long if you have used PLA plastic. The solid strip of plastic at the right hand side does not need sanding, it is where you should attach your paper with masking tape.


3D printing settings

I use 0.6mm nozzle and a 0.3mm layer. Use settings for printing 100% solids, this will give you a better result than using settings to get hollow infill.

My printer is 300mmx 300mm. I you have a smaller printer with a 0.4mm nozzle you can scale the print down to your bed size, 200m x 200m etc. But scale it down only in the x and y direction, not z direction, because you want to preserve the height of the printing plate as it is important for how this technique works.

  • 3D file format: STL



Designs 19
Downloads 188

Dear Cults and Friends,

Thankyou for featuring my work this month! Now it will be a memorable month for more than just this crazy (but very necessary) lock-down. In the face of the pandemic, 3D printing is showing off its awesomeness all around the world, making emergency parts for hospitals as well as keeping us entertained at home. I'm proud to be part of it. Brilliant!

Merci Cults! Je suis très honoré.

I spent my childhood taking things apart to see how they worked, then I discovered design and started putting things together, now I am an artist and industrial designer.

I only started 3D printing in 2016 and I've learned a lot since, I now prototype various designs of experimental 3D printers and also developing a form of modern 3D printed Ukiyo-e woodblock printing.

Since we are on lock-down here in France, I've been using my time to upload more 3D printed Ukiyo-e 'woodblocks' to Cults, the ones for beginners are free. Try it out and enjoy making something simple beautiful with your mind and hands.

This short video introduces my process -


Bram Tan aka Printer With Attitude



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