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LEGO Typesetting & Printing Kit

Because freedom of the press belongs to those with a press
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Old-fashioned typesetting, but with LEGOs. Different fonts, sizes, etc. One side of each letter piece has the picture of the letter, the other side is carved appropriately. Spacers, dingbats, and engraved stock photos also included. Kids can lay out a line of text by clicking the pieces together, and put the lines into the frame, and then use the old roller-and-ink method to ink up the page.

The press itself could be built out of LEGOs, too.

smendler, Nov 06 2015


       This is brilliant!
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 06 2015

       I can see this being a hit.   

       Already prints in braille
evilpenguin, Nov 06 2015

       ^ Just foot-notes though...   


       I have on my desk a self-inking stamp that prints a custom message. It came with a tray of hundreds of little rubber letters with teeth on their back which you press into a grid to write your message. I had no particular use for it when I bought it, but the idea of having movable type as an executive toy was difficult to resist.
mitxela, Nov 06 2015

       + good thinking!
xandram, Nov 06 2015

       [mitxela], I have on my desk the digital equivalent of that stamp. It only has 122 little letters and doodads but by pressing them repeatedly it will make text appear in far away locations. I had a particular use in mind when I bought it though.
normzone, Nov 06 2015

       It's called a John Bull printing set, [mit]
pocmloc, Nov 06 2015

       To avoid getting ink all over your Lego, it could be an embossing kit, rather than a printing kit
hippo, Nov 07 2015

       I love it
Voice, Nov 07 2015

       // To avoid ink all over your Lego // Maybe a barrier spray.   

       I am imagining a full blown linotype machine out of technic with modelling clay (setting of course) as the cast material. That would be an engineering wonder indeed. No inky Lego either.
wjt, Nov 07 2015

       I'm imagining a regular lego set with extra blocks that, when they aren't being used for printing, serve as the uppermost blocks in castle walls and such.
FlyingToaster, Nov 07 2015

       With technic, the letters could be on the side, if the connector was male. This would mean the letters are on the bottom and not the top of the castle. The whole castle could print 'Knights uphold honour'.
wjt, Nov 07 2015

       ah, I didn't even consider them being on the side: I thought it was in place of the upper knobbies.
FlyingToaster, Nov 07 2015

       Very clever!
whatrock, May 06 2016


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