Category: Monotype Composition Caster

Cleaning and refilling the Monotype pot

For the casting job I have coming up I want to use Monotype medium alloy (74/10/16% Pb/Sn/Sb) rather than the softer Linotype alloy (84/4/12%) currently in the pot, which I was using to cast spacing. To do this, I got

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster, Type Casting

Will the real Swing Bold please step forward

I’m getting ready to cast some 18-point Swing Bold (Monotype #217) for someone and I’ve found that my test casts don’t match the samples I received for alignment matching. Each group of 3 letters shows the alignment sample between two

Posted in Font Casting, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

American pump on an English caster? Nope!

As part of test-fitting the parts for lead-and-rule casting, I found that there is a critical size difference between the American and English pump bodies. Both these pumps take a ⅞″ diameter piston. The section of the pump that the

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Converting the Composition Caster to Lead-and-Rule casting

One thing I would like to be able to do with my Monotype Composition Caster is to cast spacing and rule. There is a kit of parts required to make the change-over, and I now have most of the necessary

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

18 Point Mould in Pieces Again

With my test casting using the American display mould set up for 18 points I found that the feet of the type were wider (pointwise) than the heads of the type. This was probably due to dirt being caught between

Posted in Composition Caster, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Yesterday’s dumb move

In my last post I mentioned problems with flash and squirts around the seal between the matrix and the display mould. I have since added a comment alluding to the probable cause of this problem: Forgetting to reinstall the link

Posted in Font Casting, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Making a US Display Mould Spacer—Finishing and Testing

I became so involved in finishing the 18 point display mould spacer that I never took any pictures of the process. Using a flat file, three diamond sharpening “stones” and a wood block coated with polishing compound, I finished the

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Making a US Display Mould Spacer—Roughing

I’ve started making an 18-point spacer for one of my US Monotype display moulds per the drawing in my last post. The material I started with was ⅜×¾″ hot-rolled steel because I had a piece handy. The bar was about

Posted in Composition Caster, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

US Display Mould Spacer Dimensions

I’ve measured all the spacers I have for US Monotype Display mould blade kits. There are two styles (long and short) which correspond to the style of blade front (thin or thick respectively). This drawing shows both superimposed: There seemed

Posted in Composition Caster, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Measuring US Display Mould Spacers

In order to make an 18 point spacer for use in a US Monotype Display Mould, I first have to determine the dimensions required. I set up a spreadsheet for recording the data and measured the dimensions of all the

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

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