Luxury fountain pens are a booming business, with new and increasingly complex designs being introduced every year. They have become a type of status symbol akin to high end watches and jewelry for the elite, and just like jewelry, luxury fountain pens are being innovated through 3D Printing. Dutch designer Rein van der Mast has just announced the Spica Virginis, a titanium 3D printed fountain pen and nib. The pen resembles an ear of wheat, the Spica Virginis is named after the brightest star in the Virgo constellation, translated from Latin as “the virgin’s ear of [wheat] grain”, or the Virgin’s Spike.
An equally breathtaking 3D printed latticework case, a structure “only feasible by 3D printing” van der Mast tells us, accompanies the pen. Beyond the aesthetics of the design, technical benefits include a better stiffness-to-weight ratio than previously seen. The Spica Virginis thus also stands as a demonstration of that shift, illuminating the potential of 3D printing in the growing landscape of customized design. “And it is only getting better,” the designer tell us, “as more machines enter the market for fabricating smaller objects more precisely.”
Julia. “The Pen Mightier than the Sword: Dutch Designer Releases Titanium 3D Printed Fountain Pen.” 3ders.org. 3ders.org, 24 Nov. 2016. Web. 28 Nov. 2016.