May.27, 2013

Inspired by Grant Gee's 2007 documentary on Joy Division, German blogger Michael Zoellner decided to print the iconic cover of their first album "Unknown Pleasures" using 3D printing.

In 1976 four English young men from Manchester formed a rock band, Joy Division. Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style that pioneered the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Three years later the lead singer, Ian Curtis committed suicide just as they were on the brink of worldwide success.

English art director and graphic designer Peter Saville designed the cover of the 1978 album "Unknown Pleasures". The image used on the cover is based on an image of radio waves from pulsar CP 1919 and Saville reversed the image from black-on-white to white-on-black. This image became well-known and was described as "iconic" reflecting a pulse of power, a surge of bass, and raw angst.

Unfortunately Zoellner could not find a single vector graphic or 3D model anywhere. "There are articles about the history of the graphics, Peter Saville's artwork and PSR B1919+21. I even tried to visualize PSR B1919+21's waveforms. But in the end I spend an evening tracing the waves by hand." Writes Zoellner on his website.

"The resulting SVG file was extruded and rendered in Processing with Richard Marxer's Geomerative and my RExtrudedMesh extension. OBJ export was accomplished with OBJExport."

Later Zoellner rewrote the sketch to export DXF layers and extruded them in OpenSCAD. Now you can download a printable STL on Thingiverse.

The model was then printed on Makerbot Replicator 3D printer with white PLA filament. All the data are published under a Creative Commons license.

(Credit: Michael Zoellner)


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