Research produced with the Material Processes and Systems Group, Harvard GSD
The paper Ceramic Morphologies: Precision and Control in Paste-Based Additive Manufacturing, presented at the ACADIA 2018 Conference, provides a detailed overview of the project.
Additive manufacturing technologies (AMTs), commonly referred to as 3D printing, are an emerging area of study for the production of architectural ceramic elements. AMTs allow architectural designers to break from established methods for designing with ceramic elements - a process where elements are typically confined to building components produced repetitively in automated settings by machine, die, or fixture. In this paper, we report a method for the design and additive manufacture of customized ceramic elements via paste-based extrusion. A novel digital workflow offered precise control of part design and generated manufacturing parameters such as toolpath geometry and machine code. The analysis of 3D scans of select elements provides an initial understanding of print fidelity. We discuss the current constraints of this process and identify several ongoing research trajectories generated because of this research.