With the goal of, one day, 3D printing sustainable homes for those in need, WASP has positioned themselves as pioneers in the process of ceramic 3D printing. And, though their Big Delta 3D printer will be the primary tool for producing these homes, the Italian company has also made smaller clay extruders available for desktop 3D printer owners. To demonstrate the potential and limitations of what they call LDM (Liquid Deposition Modeling), WASP teamed up with artist Francesco Pacelli.
Pacelli has become familiar with LDM through his work as an academic researcher at Politecnico di Milano’s 3D printing lab, LAB+. Due to the use of wet materials, LDM is limited in terms of geometries and may collapse, dry, and shrink during or after the printing process. For that reason, the material may be key to the technology and Pacelli has begun working with WASP to both widen the types of ceramics that can be printed, as well as determining the proper mixture and printing parameters for LDM.
Bilinski (2015) - Francesco Pacelli (IT)
One in a series of new 3D printed ceramics by the artist making an historical connection between the contemporary fabrication methods of 3D printing and traditional ceramics crafts, made in collaboration with a traditional ceramics workshop in Faenza, Italy. The final piece created combines both visible clues of contemporary digital fabrication, such as the layers created in the vertical building of digital 3D printing, alongside the opalescent aesthetic of the traditional ‘full fire reduction’ glazing technique developed in the Renaissance period.