Additive structures in ceramics



Bild folgt Copyright: Christina Klug

In dealing with ceramics as one of the oldest, natural building materials in the history of mankind, it is necessary to initiate new processes in the confrontation between manual and digital methods. On the one hand, the digital environment enables a precise shaping process that is dematerialized, on the other hand, in additive manufacturing (AM) algorithmic path definitions are possible that could not be produced with manual tools and processes.
Particularly in the case of the technically demanding and dynamically time-variable material ceramic, synergies are expected from established and innovative processes through a specific understanding of materials. Together with the students as Science Assistants, the technical properties and possibilities of extruded, plastic ceramic mass are explored in the AM area with regard to their applicability for new applications in architecture. Design experiments and optimizations (Rhino + Grasshopper), as well as the actual production (Delta WASP) are carried out in recursive loops. The students develop a prototype device considering efficient and innovative strategies in the field of AM from design to final manufacturing.

The aim is to further exploit the potential of parametric programming in its creative scope. Current hardware and new software applications in the field of generative design are ready for this goal.