Selectric type element: APL 987


About this Product

A 3D printed replica of the IBM APL 987 type ball. This is usable on Selectric I/II typewriters, though as I understand it it's really meant to be used on an IBM 2741 with "correspondence coding"? I don't really know anything about it, but I've had requests for this.

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The ball is printed with Sunlu ABS-like resin, and is very durable.

Austin Selectric Rescue

Austin, TX
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Meet the Maker

Hi! I'm Dave, a techy/engineery guy who recently discovered and fell in love with Selectric typewriters. I've been collecting unwanted Selectrics from Goodwill because I love getting them working again and I can't bear the thought of them going to the scrap yard, but now I have more than anyone should. I realized I'm basically a cat lady but for Selectric typewriters--I'm running a shelter for feral Selectrics. So the logical next step is to make it a rescue organization and put these noble machines up for adoption after getting them cleaned up and purring (sorry) again.

Once I'd collected most of the existing IBM type balls I wondered what it would take to make new ones. I assumed it would require injection molding, but through a random internet connection I found that UV resin-based printing can indeed produce a working type ball, and then I discovered that even the cheapest resin printers on the market do a respectable job. I spent the summer fine-tuning the design and now, after countless hours of testing, here they are!

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