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1040 AD

First use of movable type made in Terra cotta

In China, under the Sung dynasty (960−1279), Bi Sheng improved printing tech­niques by inventing the movable type. He fash­ioned clay cubes that were sculpted, baked and assembled onto an iron frame using wax and resin. Due to their fra­gility, these char­acters were later made of metal.

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