Clay is a mineral which can be shaped and formed in different ways. When fired, it turns into ceramics – the stuff of bricks and teapots. While people have been working with clay to make ceramics and porcelain for thousands of years, we only very recently started feeding it into 3D printers to reproduce our digital shapes. As a part of our on-going research onto design and digital fabrication at AHO, I did some initial experimentation with the clay 3D printer. In this post I’ll explain a bit about getting the printer going and how show some initial results and experiments.
William Kempton is a PhD fellow at AHO, researching new design methodology and processes for 3D printing. This research is a part of AHOs initiative in the field of Additive Manufacturing.
Even before starting his PhD research, William has been engaged in 3D printing, particularly in how it might change the patterns of how ‘amateurs’ take part and influence the design of physical objects.
William holds a masters degree in Industrial Design (2013) from AHO, with time spent at Politecnico di Milano. The thesis, entitled ‘3D Printing Unlimited – Is the 3D printer our next home appliance?’, explored the inherent qualities of the technology itself, and though it, how versatile a 3D printer was from the viewpoint of domestic needs and domestic knowledge. A part of the diploma has resulted in a peer reviewed international top level research article, later also presented in Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping (VRAP).
Since graduation, William has been teaching in several design studios at AHO, in addition to holding lectures nationally.