Digital Clay - Non-Horizontal Layering/FF

  3D-Print ceramic mass Copyright: © C. Klug

The research field introduces the digital fabrication process of 'Liquid Deposition Modeling' (LDM) and investigates the technical (play) possibilities of extruded, plastic clay for architectural applications.

In LDM, 'non-horizontally layered' structures can be developed that incorporate the special properties of the material. Therefore, in teams, ceramic (building) structures will be designed using algorithmic path definitions, which would not be producible with conventional ‘slicing tools’. In addition, an internally developed software tool for the generation of complex path definitions for 3D printing will be evaluated and subsequently published as open source.

The goal of this research field is to further explore the potential of digital tools in their creative design scope and to evoke new form and process designs. As with manual manipulations, digital tools require a broad range of experience in practical forming methods and processes. The course will also teach programming skills in Grasshopper and the use of the Delta WASP 3D clay printer.

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

Material contribution: 20 euros per student

Christina Klug Vesela Tabakova Prof. Thomas Schmitz