Hack-o Stamp is an collective, open source effort on hacking photopolymer stamp manufacturing technique, designing a DIY alternative and documenting the process.
The motivation behind this project was explore wide spread availability of stamp making facilities and their cheapness and fastness despite it being a customizable production method. Addition to these properties, production of polymer stamps do not necessitate complex digital interfaces, vector drawings, or a three dimensional mold. A raster image is enough to produce the relief version of that image from polymer. So our questions were how it works and how this cheap and effective process can be used for purposes other than stamp making?
We have conducted initial experiments on basic inputs of this process like photopolymer types, amount of UV light exposure, stencils etc. in a hacked IKEA locker as a temporary cure station. After building a know-how on photopolymer curing, we have constructed a final laser-cut curing station where many variables are more controllable. Resulting curing station and documentation of the process can be found here: Hacking: Materials and Production Methods Website: Hack-o Stamp
//Role: Digital Fabrication of the Curing Station, Graphic Design, Electronics, Material Experimentations
//Instructor: Benay Gürsoy Toykoç