Archive for April, 2010

Vacancy filled

22 April 2010

We already have someone to fill our internship vacancy. Perhaps it’s our age, but we still marvel at the power of the internet.

Internship vacancy

22 April 2010

One of our interns has had to cancel, so we have a vacancy for the two weeks starting 28 June. Please send us an email if you’d like to take it.

Slide show at The Guardian

14 April 2010

Jon Henley’s piece about us in The Guardian on 4 April was excellent. He and Graeme Robertson were here for the best part of two hours. We showed them the basics of what we do, and they did what they do, which is to take notes, ask questions and take photographs. We thought that the resulting article read really well, and it had none of the small errors that sometimes slip in. Now it’s on their web site as a slide show with forty or fifty of Graeme’s photos and a commentary by Jon.

Out Monotype adventures continue. We bought the drill bits we needed and have already broken one of them. Next time we’ll drill out the bulk of the metal with the 1/8 inch bit before clearing the tip of the nozzle with the 1/16th. However, we still don’t think that the metal is flowing properly, so today we’re going to see if the pump body has become clogged up. It has to be taken out and drilled at over 300 deg C if it’s blocked.

The computer adaptor is now fitted the right way up. After making the correction the die case wasn’t always moving to the correct position so we refitted the adaptor. That seems to have done the trick, and we’ll know more once we get casting.

Monotype: progress and setbacks

8 April 2010

The good news is that yesterday we cast type on our composition caster for the first time. The not so good is that the letters were coming out in the wrong order. An email to Bill Welliver, who developed the computer system we’re using, revealed that we had attached the interface to the caster upside down. We’ve turned it round, but when we started to test it we found that the nozzle that injects the molten type metal into the mould was blocked. We don’t have any imperial sized drill bits in the workshop and we have no intention of fooling around with this high precision machinery, so the next step is a trip to C W Tyzack in Kingsland Road to pick some up.

We feel that we’ve learnt quite a lot in getting this far. We know that we have to take good care of the pump piston, that the machine won’t cast type unless the pump is seated properly, how to stop and start it… All being well this knowledge will result in some usable metal type before too long.