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In Search of the Impossible Ceramic Object

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Developments in the area of Digital Fabrication, and particularly 3D printing bring the intriguing prospect of being able to form ceramic objects by a completely new process. David Huson and colleagues at the Centre for Fine Print Research in the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England are conducting a research project into the use of Digital Fabrication techniques in the area of bespoke ceramics. One of the aims of the project is to research the possibilities, and then to develop the methodology of forming a ceramic object directly by the use of 3D printing technologies. The unique characteristics of this process mean that it is feasible to build a ceramic object that would be impossible to make by any of the conventional forming processes. This new process will allow artists and crafts persons to investigate, develop and implement ideas and concepts that were previously unattainable. Two examples of the possibilities are the production of a series of ceramic objects nested within each other and the forming of ceramic articles with complex relief and perforated surfaces.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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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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