Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design 2014

pp 261-272


Experiments in Additive Clay Depositions

Woven Clay
  • Jared FriedmanAffiliated withHarvard Graduate School of Design Email author 
  • , Heamin KimAffiliated withHarvard Graduate School of Design
  • , Olga MesaAffiliated withHarvard Graduate School of Design

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


The Standard definitions and models of additive manufacturing, such as those outlined by ASTM (2012), often assume a layer-by-layer deposition of a material onto a flat surface. The research presented looks to explore what alternative formal opportunities that may arise when challenging these assumptions concerning additive manufacturing. Beginning with the robotic clay coil extrusion process, the research uses a bottom–up approach that asks what types of forms and scales can be generated with this process. Prototypes incorporate techniques such as weaving as a means of fabricating panels that celebrate the inherent nature of the coil itself. The woven patterns are designed to incorporate both assembly logics and performance qualities such as light permeability across a façade component. Through a series of full-scale prototypes focusing on a specific building application, this research works to resolve the seemingly conflicting nature between the inherent mutability of the clay material and the high level of control granted by robotic fabrication processes.


Additive manufacturing Ceramics Clay deposition Weaving