Patent for 3D ceramic material
Hoskins, S. and Huson, D. (2011) Patent for 3D ceramic material. University of the West of England. PCT/GB2011/051069.
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Based on a broad programme of research undertaken by Professor Stephen Hoskins and Mr David Huson, which led to the award of several AHRC-funded research projects ('The Fabrication of Three Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output' and 'Solid Free-Form Fabrication in Fired Ceramic') this patent (PCT/GB2011/051069) was filed for a novel material with wide domestic and commercial applications and which allows the possibility to print ceramic objects directly in three dimensions. UWE has entered in to a licence agreement with Viridis3d LLC (Viridis) granting Viridis the exclusive rights to market ViriClay, a 3D printable ceramic material based on the patented material developed by Professor Stephen Hoskins and Mr Dave Huson. The material will allow the user to produce unique works without incurring modelling and tool costs. It is directly applicable to the whiteware and tableware industry, where it will shorten ceramic production lead times. And will enable designers, makers and artists to produce works that would simply not have been possible without this technology. ViriClay, has wide domestic and commercial applications for the arts and consumer product markets and offers these advantages: • Reduces the total time, labour, and energy required to make a 3D printed ceramic objects by more than 30% • Improves the surface finish of glazed parts • Ceramic prints can be produced from many digital sculpting packages including CAD, 3D scan data, etc • Compatible with standard 3D printers