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The Digital Fabrication of Ceramics by 3D Powder Printing

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David Huson and colleagues at the Centre for Fine Print Research in the School of Creative Arts at the University of the West of England have recently successfully completed a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project into the use of Digital Fabrication techniques in the area of Art/Craft ceramics. The research project has developed a methodology for the 3D printing of ceramics by replacing the proprietary powder in a commercially available powder/binder 3D printer system with a specially formulated ceramic powder. This process has been shown to be a viable procedure for translating 3D computer generated models in to physical ceramic forms that can then be fired and further processed. This paper will detail the progress of the research throughout the project and use examples from current artwork projects to illustrate how these novel techniques have been developed and refined to allow artists and crafts persons to investigate and implement ideas and concepts that were unattainable by conventional forming methods.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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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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