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Dutch Artists Create 3D Printed Ceramics Using Sound Waves

by • February 10, 2016 • No Comments

ceramic-print-soundOlivier van Herpt, like most artists, discovered himself dissatisfied with the artistic capabilities of traditional 3D printing devices and 3D printing materials.

“When I initially started researching 3D printing the innovation was an amazing and informative one,” the Dutch sculptor says. “But, the PC 3D printing devices on contribute were unable to turn it into things at a human scale. Large and medium scale functional turn it into objects that we use such as bowls, plates & decorative objects may not be turn it intod. The objects turn it intod with PC 3D printing devices were in addition low in heat resistance and may not be food safe. Industrial 3D printing devices may manufacture food safe objects for day to day use but these may be too costly to turn it into.”

ceramic-3d-printing device-soundHonoring the old adage “if you want a thing done right, you’ve got to do it yourself,” van Herpt spent two years producing his own one-of-a-kind 3D printing device capable of printing with clay. Clay 3D printing devices are yet a thing of a rarity, and the ones that exist need specialized clay filament. Van Herpt turn it intoed and turn it intod his own extruder that was capable of printing with ordinary, garden-variety complicated clay.

Van Herpt, an industrial turn it into graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, began via his printing device to turn it into tall, thin ceramic vessels in a range of striking shapes and textures. His work has been well-received, and he has continued to hustle the limits of creativity and turn it into by tinkering with the capabilities of 3D printing devices. He has worked collaboratively with several other artists to incorporate other ideas and media into his work; in his latest project, he has partnered with spatial sound turn it intoer Ricky van Broekvhen to turn it into “Solid Vibrations.”

Van Broekvhen, a musician who holds degrees in turn it into and architecture, uses sound to turn it into shape, movement and imagery in his arresting visual art. Van Herpt had observed the satisfactory lines the 3D printing device turn it intod on his clay pieces, and decided to work with those lines as art in themselves. He enlisted the assist of Van Broekvhen, who mounted a speaker at a lower place the print platform; that speaker was and so utilized to play several various low, vibrating sounds, that rose up through the print platform and cautilized it to vibrate with the tones as the printing device laid down layers of clay. The outcome was a series of pots with satisfactory grooves or rippling textures – visual representations of sound turn it intod permanent.

Those visual representations take most forms; a few of the finished works resemble woven wicker, others call to mind complete scales. The patterns are beautifully neat and uniform, as if they were etched by an industrial machine instead of a printing device being shaken by sounds. Looking at them, you can’t assist but try to imagine the kinds of sounds that may have produced their creation.


The project is ongoing, and while the duo have so far only utilized abstract sound tones in the system, there’s no reason why additional very own sounds mayn’t be utilized – speech, or music. Just imagine a clay pot with your favourite song or album etched onto it in a woven pattern, or your child’s speech recorded in satisfactory ripples on a cup. Would a vessel inscribed with the chanting of monks inyet a peaceful feeling in the observer? On the other hand, may punk rock turn it into a chaotic appear? The project lends itself to endless possibilities for experimentation.

This is not the initially time artists have utilized sound to turn it into 3D printed art. We’ve seen intricate, complicated jewelry turn it intod by printing the sound waves of only a few words, and sculptures turn it intod of the frequencies of nature. Solid Vibrations is one-of-a-kind in that the digital middleman is cut out – pretty than printing images digitally produced of sound waves, the printing device moves with the rhythm of the sound waves themselves, directly imprinting them into the clay. It utilized to be that sound and vision were two separate elements, but a new and absorbing art movement appears to be growing: art that blurs the line between the senses. Discuss in the Pushing the Boundaries of 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.