Material innovations in 3D printing are the next frontier, and Dutch company VormVrij 3D is harking back to an age-old material to find the future. Designers Marlieke Wijnakker and Yao van den Heerik, artists and graduates of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, have created their VormVrij 3D printer to use clay as an alternative to plastics.
We’ve written about them before, and now they’re upping the game by focusing on 3D printing with clay to create precise sculpture.
The VormVrij 3D printer is 33 inches tall, boasts a base of 23 x 31 inches, and is powered by an Arduino with Ramps 1.4 shield. Its design allows clay objects to be 3D printed in about 15 minutes.
“After a year of refining our 3D clay experience by printing the obvious bottles, cups and pots we have improved our printer to be useful to more than enthusiasts who want to experiment with this wet clay technique,” says Wijnakker.
That experience is no less than a re-thinking of how 3D printing can be used from materials to processes, and the pair say their method uses recyclable and locally obtained natural material, resulting in a very durable final product that will “remain functional for 5000 years without any harm to our natural environment.” … (read more)