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Towards a standard: Designing an open-source clay measuring tool

Jorgensen, Tavs; Lightfoot, Sonny

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Sonny Lightfoot


Abstract: This paper describes early stage research into the development of a common standard for measuring clay hardnesses in craft and design practice. The research has emerged in the context of the development of 3D printing with ce-ramic paste. The paper initially provides the wider context and motivation for research followed by a review of the development of this new area of practice – an area of innovation that has largely been driven by individual design practi-tioners through an open source approach. The paper also outlines existing ap-proaches for measuring the plasticity and hardness of clay. The paper presents key research objectives in the aim of establishing low-cost methods that can be used for measuring ceramic paste consistencies for 3D printing, as well as other ceramic production methods. In response to this research challenge a 3D printed design for a simple measuring devise based on the ‘Fall Cone’ principle is pre-sented.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name DRS 22
Start Date Jul 25, 2022
End Date Jul 3, 2022
Acceptance Date Feb 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 17, 2022
Publication Date Jul 17, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2022
Keywords Ceramics, Paste 3D Printing, Open Source, Instrument Making
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