Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sculpture and 3 Dimensional Printing

Have you thought of 3D printing when you need new ceramic dishes?
Reaction Spiral lamp by Nervoussystems
Adam by Virtox
Invase by Virtox
The company Shapeways has created a 3D printer that allows users to create food safe tableware like salt and pepper shakers, plates and cups. The printer uses layers of ceramic powder to create the object, which is then dried in an oven and then fired in a ceramic kiln at high temperatures to vitrifcation.

A human potter can make normal plates and drinking cups faster and less expensively. I'd argue that his or her work would be better because hand made will fit your hands better. Where this ceramic printing comes into its own is for complex computer modeled figures like the Invase.

Read more about printed ceramics

1 comment:

Beatriz Cunha said...

Wow, amazing technology.
This can be a great tool for sculptors, if the price is not too prohibitive.
Thank you for divulging such interesting info.