3D Printing Clay
3D printing ceramics has inspired a new generation of artists, sculptors, and architects attracted to the ornate and exceptionally detailed shapes that would be impossible or too labor intensive using traditional ceramic processes.
Even though there are hundreds of metals and plastics to 3D print with, ceramic materials have unique properties that are extremely valuable in both high-tech manufacturing and art.
3D printing heightens the appeal of this material because it not only enables you to create parts with shapes not currently possible with any other process, but it is far more cost effective and faster than producing ceramic parts in the traditional way particularly for industrial applications.
Ceramic 3D printers are in a category of their own and within it are distinctly different machines for industry and art. We’ll guide you through the best on the market in both segments.
3D printers have been used in recent years to extrude terracotta to create unique roof tiles, artificial reefs, and even entire buildings.
The terms ceramic and clay are often used interchangeably in art circles to describe different materials for making pottery.
Of course, clay is a type of ceramic, but certainly not all ceramics are made of clay. Clay is a natural material that comes from the ground, and ceramics are various materials that harden when heated, including clay.
When it comes to 3D printing, a wide range of clay material, including ceramic and terracotta, can be extruded through a nozzle to produce final shapes.
Extrusion, or fused deposition modeling (FDM), is by no means the only method for 3D printing ceramic art.
Designers use binder jetting and to a lesser extent stereolithography and digital light processing (DLP) to produce complex ceramic parts from a liquid ceramic slurry.
Text Source: The Best Ceramic 3D Printers of 2022 / all3dp.com
1- Material Syntax: 3D Printed Masonry Facade Systems_F18/ Youtube / David Correa / Universty of Waterloo School of Architecture
2- Clay 3D printing | Delta WASP 40100 | Andrea Salvatori/ Youtube/ WASP Team
3- 3D Printing Clay? The Bottery from Emerging Objects at Bay Area Maker Faire/Youtube/ 3D Printing Nerd
4- 10012016_3D printing clay/ Youtube/ Taekyeom Lee
5- 3D clay printing with a LUTUM® is fun! / Youtube / Yao van den Heerik
6- Tronxy Moore 1 Clay 3D Printer: Pottery-making experience is not required for ceramic 3D printing/ Youtube/ Aurora Tech
7- IAAC’s Postgraduate in 3D Printing for Architecture – 3DPA / Youtube / IAAC
8- 3D printing earth house with Crane WASP | work in progress / Youtube /WASP Team
9- Eco-sustainable 3D printed house – Tecla / Youtube / WASP Team
10- 3D Printers Are Changing The Kind Of Pottery We Can Make / Youtube/ Art Insider/ Instagram:taekyeom
11- Multicolor Clay 3D Printing (from NCECA 2021) / Youtube / Tom Lauerman
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- Rethinking Artificial Reef Structures through 3D Clay Printing / ArchDaily / Christian J.Lang
- Andrea Salvatori creating 3D ceramic art on a Delta WASP 40100 printer (Source: WASP)
- GCode.Clay Project by Emerging Objects Creates Clay Vessels and Smart Cladding with Gcode / 3dprintingmedia.network / Stay up to date with everything that is happening in the wonderful world of AM via our LinkedIn community