Functional 3D Printed Ceramics by Oliver van Herpt
Updated: Jan 28, 2020
When Herpt first started researching 3D printing the technology was an exciting and interesting one. But, the desktop 3D printers on offer were unable to produce things at a human scale. Large and medium scale functional design objects that we use such as bowls, plates & decorative objects could not be made. The objects made with desktop 3D printers were also low in heat resistance and could not be food safe. Industrial 3D printers could make food safe objects for everyday use but these would be too costly to produce.
The 3D Woven collection comprises of a weave pattern reminiscent of the days of artisans. 3D printing has the potential to bring back the unique and individualized objects that artisans make. But, this time it is a machine who manufactures the final product. Each unique vase in this collection shows us the potential of cutting edge technology while reminding us of the days of yore.
Herpt designed and made his own clay extruder and experimented with many different types of clay. Iteratively improving his process and testing brought him closer and closer to a solution. A breakthrough came when he decided to move from mixing clay with water. By redesigning his extruder he could use hard clay instead. This lead him to be able to make larger items with higher levels of detail.