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.
You May Also Like
Ahead of Public Listing, New Members Join VELO3D Board
VELO3D announced the addition of three new board members ahead of its highly anticipated public listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the new ticker symbol “VLD.” The...
AM Investment Strategies: SPACs, Spats, and More in 3D Printing Finance
The AM Investment Strategies summit from Stifel and SmarTech Analysis went off without a hitch on September 9, 2021, bringing together some of the leading executives and experts from the...
3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: September 12, 2021
Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a busy week of webinars and events, both virtual and in-person! RAPID + TCT and FABTECH will both be held in-person this week...
AM Investment Strategies Profile: 3D Systems
3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) CEO Jeff Graves attended the SmarTech – Stifel AM Investment Strategies 2021 summit on September 9, 2021. His leadership of 3D Systems has seen the firm...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.