The digital fabrication of ceramics by 3D powder printing
Huson, D. (2010) The digital fabrication of ceramics by 3D powder printing. NIP26: International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies and Digital Fabrication 2010, 26. pp. 545-548. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/10479
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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. Peer reviewed paper to be given at Digital Fabrication Conference, September 19 - September 23 2010.