Taekyeom Lee: A Masterclass


Title: 3D Typography Soap

This masterclass will guide participants to design and make unique soap letter using CAD and 3D printing technology. Soap is an essential item of everyday life for washing, bathing, and other types of housekeeping. Soap-making history goes back a few thousand years, and soap-making was a highly technical and secretive process. During the pandemic, it became one of the much-needed items of everyday life. 3D printing is one of the groundbreaking technology of our time. It has various advantages, such as speedier iteration, single-step manufacturing, affordable production, and customization. However, the biggest downside of the technology is the turnaround time.

3D printing can take from hours to days to complete depending on the size and intricacies. Casting is one of the oldest manufacturing methods. Casting has the advantages of low costs, is ideal for small quantity production, and speedier production compares to 3D printing. This masterclass proposal derived from Taekyeom Lee’s project Tangible type with soap which suggests a new approach toward experiential design and tangible typography in the age of the pandemic with a mundane item, old methods, and new digital technologies: soap, mold making, casting, 3D printing, and laser cutting. Using soap involves multi-sensory experiences using vision, smell, and touch.


The masterclass is structured to provide hands on experience and a personal approach to 3D design, 3D printing, and casting.

The masterclass would be covering these topics:

Introduction to intro-level 3D modeling
Understanding of 3D design and 3D printing
Working with materials (silicone, soap, candle wax, etc)
The process of mold making and casting
How to combine old and new digital methods
participants can make soaps after the workshop

Dates & Location

Saturday 6th November, 2021

1 day; 3 hrs / day

Knowledge Tower Floor 9 - Classroom 2

18+ years


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Taekyeom Lee

Taekyeom Lee is an educator, researcher, and multidisciplinary designer using the artist’s material and artistic sensibility. He is currently an…