Selectric type element: Papyrus!


About this Product

Here it is, just the thing to annoy your design snob friends! You know they secretly love it. This 3D printed type ball is usable on fixed pitch Selectric typewriters, but works best on dual-pitch Selectric IIs because the capitals are so wide.

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

A couple of clips are included with each order. Leave a note if you need more!

Austin Selectric Rescue

Austin, TX
Free shipping on orders $30+
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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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