CERAMETRICS | Bachelorarbeit 2017

Parametric Ceramics

The digitalisation of the Industry is influencing the way in which traditional materials are being taken into form. Ceramic materials like clay, earthenware, stoneware, grog and porcelains have been until now hand modelled, thrown at the potter´s wheel and cast moulded. Additive manufacturing processes are proposing a fourth way to take ceramic materials into form.

The Internet and Social Media are generating an interconnected society, in which the access and distribution of information are rapidly accelerating. This phenomenon is allowing makers the construction and personalisation of complex High-end technology projects, by assembling different knowledge building blocks from different sources.

Sora: a low-budged desktop paste printer is born out of the will, to have full access and management over a 3D clay additive process, for experimental and prototyping purposes. The way in which the material is deposited over itself along the different layers generate new morphologies, that differ from other traditional ceramic processes. These outcomes and their eventual functional applications are still to be tested and discussed; but could enrich the ceramic properties in other industrial fields, in which these material play an important role.

To define the way in which the clay is extruded, I decided to use parametric modelling strategies. The movements of the printing nozzle are defined by different algorithms and script. Some of the printed results differ importantly from the original CAD design and are the result of a human intention and a computational/mechanical potential. This iterative design process, in which human intention and digital technology are combined, creates the grounding base of Cerametrics: a craft; but this time of digital nature…

PROF Burkhard Schmitz | PROF Carola Zwick | PROF Jozef Legrand