3D-printer for ceramics




There are printers that work with sugar and food coloring, using these components as consumables to create edible confectionery masterpieces. Were created and 3D-printers, used to work as different types of plastic and metal powder to be sintered and layering to give the final shape. However, ceramics until recently was not available as material for 3D-printing devices.

Porcelain manufacturing process is accompanied by prolonged handling and drying in special installations at high temperatures. Creating even simple patterns porcelain utensils or cookware requires the attention of a few technology experts and extends certain basic steps.

Students from the University of Bristol decided to correct this misunderstanding and led by Professor Stephen Hoskins (Stephen Hoskins) created a three-dimensional printer for printing, which works with clay. This printer is able to create a complete blank for the heat treatment that would become familiar to us ceramic cups, plates or the original statue. Submitted samples of products to the video look very dignified:

Need to make some clarity: in fact, the idea of ​​creating printers working with clay, appeared earlier. The same company 3D Systems demonstrated earlier this year, the unit CeraJet, whose function is listed manufacturer of ceramic tableware. There were other prototypes of 3D-printers, but they all share one thing: because of the type and structure of used consumable products do not have sufficient reliability and quality. Put simply create a strong cup that does not differ from the dishes, made the classical method of preparation is not possible.

As for 3D Systems CeraJet, then the model of the printer and can print at least the dishes, but still formally came later than the draft of Mr. Hoskins and his wards. About a year ago, has already been demonstrated the first working example of 3D-printer, so the professor, his colleagues and students deservedly received the title of the pioneers in this field.

Of course, the key stages of the process have not changed significantly. The printer takes the brunt of the problem – giving pottery original form required to further move to the subsequent firing and glazing applications of its parts. Migrating virtual model into a full clay workpiece requires a lot of time, but now the production of porcelain items become available even at home. However, with the amendment but that the buyer has a large apartment, because the overall size of 3D-printer for ceramics comparable with washing machine.

The composition of the base material, which “prints” submitted by the unit was created and patented by the same Professor Stephen Hoskins. Basic is a clay powder, which, connecting layer by layer, turns into a coherent shape. The device, according to the authors, should attract the attention of designers and artists, as well as major producers of various ceramic products.

The invention is not only purely scientific character, but its creators intended to bring dividends in the form of income from sales of the device. Over time, the authors of the draft plan to register their own company and open an online store. The printer itself will undergo further modernization and undergo the necessary improvements.

Now a priority for all professionals involved in the development in the field of 3D-printing will become a full-fledged device that can work with glass.

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