Gutenberg press first step in a 'model printing museum'

What did Gutenberg's first wooden printing press look like? An impression of the print pioneer's 1436 original is helping raise funds for a Sydney museum.

A project to support Penrith Museum of Printing is offering 3D printed models of the press at the same time as raising awareness of the museum in Sydney's outer west.

Stefan Peters - who tells GXpress the museum has become the main activity for his wife Nichanan and himself - says the models are made with a wood-filled polymer. "Next in series will be a Albion press then a Linotype," he says. "This way we shall try to make a model printing museum."

Even with modern 3D print technology, making one of the replicas still takes a day, after time spent creating the model, which is based on images found in woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer. More details on the museum website at

The museum is pen from 10 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

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