Digital Clay - Calculated Collapse/FF

  3D-Print ceramic mass © Xiaoxuan_Liu_und_Guangyuan_Yu

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

In LDM, the special properties of the material, which is still soft during production, have to be included in the design and, to a certain extent, calculated. With the help of algorithmic path definitions (Grasshopper3D), ceramic (building) structures are developed under the aspect of 'calculated collapse', which could not be produced with other methods and materials. The intrinsic self-forming processes of the plastic-soft material, which are problematised during the printing process, are investigated and made usable in this research field by means of a specifically calculated collapse for a specific form formation. 

The aim of the research field is to further exploit the potential of digital tools in their creative design scope and to evoke new form and process designs. As with manual handling, digital tools require a broad horizon of experience in practical shaping methods and processes. Knowledge of Grasshopper3D will be imparted as well as the handling of the Delta WASP 3D clay printer. 


Date: Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Material fee: 15€ per student

Christina Klug  Prof. Thomas Schmitz