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The future of 3D Printed Ceramics with NCECA

by • March 21, 2016 • No Comments

Technology is not a replacement for hand made. It is yet, a tool that
can add worthwhile value to your work.

Last week, the Shapeways Porcelain team attended NCECA, the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts 50th anniversary conference. Now, I am not a native member of the Ceramic Arts community but I can honestly say that
the next of digital ceramics art is quite, quite bright.

Shapeways porcelain team Liz New and Albert Pfarr on exhibit with our 3D Printed Porcelain

Tech is Not a Four Letter Word to Hand Made

Ceramics is historically a hand made
tradition, so when Shapeways arrived at NCECA, I was excited to see that
the tech-centric, 3D-printed porcelain was not only succeded in well inside the community, but that
ceramicists are innovating their own additive ceramic processes as well.

Overall, we saw four processes of 3D-printed ceramics at NCECA: Clay extrusion, FDM mold producing, powder-based ceramic printing, and our quite own Shapeways special, porcelain printing.

Each of these technologies contribute informative
and various benefits to manufacturers; for instance, extruding wet clay allows for for the creation of odd profiles that
can be adonlyed by hand after printing, ultimately creating a additional fine-touch experience for manufacturers.

If your goal is to and so sell that
product, you can bring it over to Shapeways (3D scan it, maybe?) and use our platform to manufacture certain
piece is distributed to your customer base. Eliminating the require
to continually reproduce additional talked of creations by hand ultimately allows for the artist additional time to focus on creating new work.

Extruded Ceramic, exhibited by SUNY New Paltz

Clay extruded pot with hand-pinched detailing at the top by Bryan Czibesz

The majority of the 3D Printed ceramic processes were showcased in the initially at any time Clay Fab Lab exhibit at NCECA. The Clay Fab Lab was spearheaded by Shoji Satake of West Virginia University, and exhibited the work and processes of over five various universities of around the U.S.

Some of our favourite work of the Clay Fab Lab was made by Bryan Czibesz (SUNY New Paltz) and Richard Burkett (San Diego University).

IMG_0358-1Bryan Czibez and Richard Burkett with their 3D printed ceramic work

The presence of digital fabrication methods at NCECA reflects how swift an overall paradigm shift is in full swing for the ceramicists’ manufacturer community. Whilst innovation can nat any time replace handmade
traditions, it is a new tool that
allows for for exploration of one-of-a-kind shapes and thoughts to come to life in this rad medium.

Overall, our experience at NCECA was incredible
. Not only did I learn so much of the ceramics practice, but I learned of the core values of producing, allowing and mentorship that
keeps this community operating on a higher frequency. You may truly feel the rising energy of the conference hall as it filled with artists every day.

What else did we do while in Kansas City? Well, we managed to manufacture a few new friends at Maker Village KC and host a last minute meetup where we talked shop, drank beer, and hung out around the fire pit — that proved to be a successful escape of the hectic St Paddy’s Day festivities that
were bringing over the streets of Kansas City.

Kansas City manufacturer Jo Kamm, Maker Village KC co-founder, Nick Ward-Bopp and friends!

Of course, we mayn’t leave Kansas City without checking out the legendary BBQ. We capped off our long days with burnt ends at Arthur Bryants! (It was a week filled with BBQ for me. You can read of my SxSW protein bingeing here.)

IMG_0299Liz New, Albert Pfarr & Garth Johnson at Arthur Bryants BBQ

Interested in exploring printing an thought in porcelain via 3D modeling and printing? Join us at Shapeways.com or only email me, kat@shapeways.com and I can assist you get your project started.

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