There have been ceramic 3D printers in the past, but most print in very unreliable materials, with detail that leave quite a lot to be desired. Such printers could never print out useful, reliable tableware, like tea cubs, bowls, etc. Today Bristol University students will be unveiling the worlds first 3D ceramic tableware printer.
The printer from the University of West England actually prints in a porcelain material, far superior to what has been seen with past printers.
Professor Stephen Hoskins, from the university’s centre for fine print research which is behind the creation, said: “Our work in 3D printing of porcelain for tableware is world leading, and is based on our patented material. The ceramic material developed at CFPR for use in 3D printing is both aesthetically pleasing and also a functional material, unlike the typical prototyping materials commonly used in 3D printers.”
The machine will be very appealing to artists, designers, as well as manufacturers of tableware and other ceramic products. The entire process of printing, glazing, and firing each piece may still take a few days, but those within the ceramics industry are used to such wait times.
The university is in the process of launching a spin-off company called Argillasys, which is the Latin word for potter’s clay, as they are seeking the commercialization of this technology. The technology is based on patented materials discovered by Stephen Hoskins and David Huson, used in the printing process. Argillasys will feature an online store, allowing customers to customize their ceramics and have them shipped directly to their door. The company expects to launch in late Spring of this year. Discuss this Ceramic Printer at our Forum.
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