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3D printed ceramics for tableware, artists/designers and specialist applications

Huson, David; Hoskins, Stephen


David Huson
Associate Professor of Ceramics, 3D Technologies and Digital Fabrication


Somnuk Sirisoonthorn

Sirithan Jiemsirilers

Siriphan Nilpairach

Thanakorn Wasanapianpong

Pornnapa Sujaridworakun

Nutthita Chuankrerkkul


The Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England has over five year’s experience in the 3D printing of ceramic materials. The first project undertaken was to investigate the use of 3D technologies for artists and resulted in the development of a patented ceramic body suitable for use in Z Corporation 3D printers. After bisque firing this material can be further processed using conventional glazing and decorating techniques.
A follow on project has resulted in a modified ceramic body and the development of firing supports to enable thin section ceramic tableware to be produced for ceramic industry concept modelling and short run or one-off pieces for artists and designers.
This paper will detail the progress of the research and will explain by using case studies and examples of collaboration with a leading UK pottery manufacturer, individual artists and designers how this novel technique can be utilised to form shapes and forms difficult or impossible to realise by conventional forming methods. This potential of how the ability to form ceramic objects with complex internal structures could be beneficial to more specialist ceramics industries will also be explored.

This conference paper was given at the Advanced Ceramics Session at the International Conference on Traditional and Advanced Ceramics (ICTA2013) 11-13 September 2013, Bangkok, Thailand. Published in the proceedings of the Traditional and Advanced Ceramics in the periodical "Key Engineering Materials"

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name International Conference on Traditional and Advanced Ceramics (ICTA 2013)
Start Date Sep 11, 2013
End Date Sep 13, 2013
Acceptance Date Sep 11, 2013
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2014
Publication Date Jun 19, 2014
Publisher Trans Tech Publications
Pages 351-357
Series Title Key Engineering Materials
Series Number 608
Series ISSN 1013-9826
Book Title Traditional and Advanced Ceramics
ISBN 9783038350637
Keywords 3D print, ceramic, whiteware
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