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Digital Fabrication Techniques in Art/Craft and Designer/Maker Ceramics

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While the development of rapid prototyping and digital fabrication technologies has transformed the production of models and prototypes in the industrial ceramics world, the use of these techniques in Art/Craft and Designer/Maker ceramics has been minimal, due to the cost and complexity of their implementation.

The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England is conducting a research project into facilitating the use of digital fabrication techniques in the area of Art/Craft and Designer/Maker bespoke ceramics.

The aims of the project are to develop methodologies and practices to allow the Art/Craft and Designer/Maker ceramist to use and fully utilize these technologies.

The project is investigating three main areas:

The use of 3D printing technologies and CNC machining to translate a computer generated three-dimensional virtual model into a mould capable of producing a bespoke ceramic artifact.

To research the possibilities, and then develop the methodology of forming a bespoke ceramic artifact, directly by the use of 3D printing and other rapid prototyping technologies.

The use of laser scanning equipment, reverse engineering and digital fabrication techniques to facilitate the production of short runs of bespoke ceramic artifacts

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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