Sunday, April 5, 2015

3D Printers Harness Clay to Create Gorgeous Ceramics

Disclosure: This is a guest post.

Recently, clay 3D printing has been a point of fascination for Dutch designers Marlieke Wijnakker and Yao van den Heerik. They’ve figured out a way to create a special filament from clay, adapt a 3D printer to handle the material, and print out gorgeous pottery as a result. In addition, their approach has led to a much quicker production time, with fully realized objects printing out in as little as 15 minutes. It leaves sculptors plenty of time to add idiosyncrasies and nuance to their work, while outsourcing the less interesting labor to a trusted machine. The clay is natural, recyclable, and incredibly strong, so it’s great for the environment and built to last 5000 years without serious degradation. Although it’s not the perfect material in every situation, clay is sustainable in a way that plastic isn’t, and clay’s properties are far better suited for things like bust portraiture. Below, you’ll find out more about the newest printing materials and trends.

  World of 3D printing infographic
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