Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures printed in 3D

23.05.2013 by Michael

Update: Here are new pictures of the final model on Thingiverse


STL, OpenSCAD, DXFs and Processing Sketch at Thingiverse


Update 2: Made it to London Science Museum! “3D: printing the future”


After watching Grant Gee’s documentary “Joy Division” i decided i have to print the iconic cover of their first album “Unknown Pleasures” in 3D.


Unfortunately i could not find a single vector graphic or 3D model anywhere. There are articles about the history of the graphics, Peter Saville’s artwork and PSR B1919+21. I even tried to visualize PSR B1919+21‘s waveforms. But in the end i spend an evening tracing the waves by hand while watching ESC.

The resulting SVG file was extruded and rendered in Processing with Richard Marxer’s Geomerative and my RExtrudedMesh extension. OBJ export was accomplished with OBJExport.

The Processing sketch didn’t create a manifold 3D model and i couldn’t fix it in time. Thus i rewrote the sketch in order to export DXF layers and extruded them in OpenSCAD. Now there’s a printable STL on Thingiverse:


The print is still not perfect. Skeinforge did a much better job than MakerBot slicer. Maybe the white PLA filament itself was the problem.

SVG Version:



SVG vector graphics

OBJ file for printing

Processing Sketch

STL, OpenSCAD, DXFs and Processing Sketch at Thingiverse


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