Digital Clay ‒ Acoustic Panels/FF

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In the WS21/22 the Department of Visual Arts offers a research field (Forschungsfeld) on the topic of ‘Acoustic Panels’ with ceramics. The technical properties and possibilities of Liquid Deposition Modeling (LDM) with extruded, plastic clay are explored with regard to their relevance for new applications in architecture. We will focus on digital design experiments and optimizations (Rhino), as well as the actual manufacturing process (Delta WASP). From the design to the final production, the students develop a prototype component, considering efficient and innovative strategies in the field of additive manufacturing.

The aim is to exploit the potential of digital design and manufacture in its creative scope and to evoke new forms and processes. As with manual handling, digital tools require a broad range of experience in practical shaping methods and processes. In this seminar, the explored question is how ceramics can take on new forms of design by means of digital process developments, taking into account its dynamic material properties. To this effect, we are focusing on the topic of acoustics in architecture in the winter term. The research field is supported by the Institute for Hearing Technology and Acoustics (IHTA) at RWTH Aachen University.

Funded by the program Curriculum 4.0 within the project "Hybrid Thinking Tools".

Material contribution: 20 euros per student

Lecturer: Christina Klug Prof. Thomas H. Schmitz