Ceramic 3d Printing by Unfold Design Studio
Updated: Jan 29
From knife to hammer to 3d printer, the influence of tools on a design is not to be underestimated. Yet for a long time the instruments of production were closed systems, which is now changing. Following the personal computer and a range of digital advances, the advent of the personal fabricator has provoked a revival of the idea of “making your own things.” There is a new species of design, semi-industrial craft, and although the definition of craft often refers to work by hand, in this context it reflects a renewed interest in building knowledge through repetition and practice of a skilled trade using the aid of tools.
Unfold’s 3d printing process for ceramics not only harnesses the potential of new technology and materials but also projects the past history of specific techniques into the future. The printer has a great resonance with the way traditional potters handled clay, however because of its ability to produce such fine layers, new forms are possible. Together with Tim Knapen Unfold developed custom software that allows detailed line level control, unlocking a new form language in 3d printing. The ceramic 3d printer has been integrated as part of Unfold's installations L’Artisan Électronique, where it made its first appearance and Stratigraphic Manufactury and has been used for producing ceramics for The Peddler, Open Source Waterfilters and Stratigraphic Porcelain.