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InFormed Ceramics: Multi-axis Clay 3D Printing on Freeform Molds

  • Minjae Ko
  • Donghan ShinEmail author
  • Hyunguk Ahn
  • Hyungwoo Park
Conference paper

Abstract

This paper addresses a novel technique of 3D clay printing using a robotic arm along with the architectural applicability of the proposed fabrication technique. In the initial phase of research, we selected the clay material to be used for printing in consideration of its viscosity and developed the clay extruder customized for the material. In the late phase, to verify how effective the robotic fabrication technique we propose is, we manufactured the freeform foam mold and tested multi-axis clay 3D printing on it by using three end-effectors consecutively: hotwire cutter, spindle, and clay extruder. Also, applying the proposed technique to a larger-scale ceramic structure consisting of nineteen panels, we checked the feasibility of fabricating actual ceramic building components with this technique. If this robotic clay 3D printing technique is improved more and fulfills the demands of the industry in future, it will enable cost-effective ceramic modular fabrication for a customized design in architecture.

Keywords

Clay 3D printing Robotic fabrication Freeform ceramics Subtractive manufacturing Additive manufacturing 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Ji-Eun Hwang (Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Seoul) for continuous and generous support. Authors’ special thanks are extended to the staff of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 for their support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minjae Ko
    • 1
  • Donghan Shin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hyunguk Ahn
    • 1
  • Hyungwoo Park
    • 1
  1. 1.B.A.T.SeoulKorea

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