#269 Johannes Gutenberg’s System of Movable Type


Johannes Gutenberg’s System of Movable Type

1400s 1455 Johann Gutenberg showing the first proof of bible printed on moveable-type printing press he invented in 1439 (Photo by Sipley/ClassicStock/Getty Images)
While movable type originated in China during the 14th Century, Johannes Gutenberg’s system of moveable type reduced the time and cost of producing the printable word significantly – making the publications of books and literacy available worldwide.

Gutenberg’s innovated system, introduced sometime between 1540 and 1550, incorporated several elements that made printing with interchangeable type workable: an oil-based, fast drying ink; durable and easy-to cast metal alloy for making type; a screw press designed for rapid operation ; and an adjustable mold for quick casting of metal type.

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This landmark was approved as part of ASME Virtual Landmark program


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Announced on Feb. 3, 2019.

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