Experiments in Additive Clay Depositions
The Standard definitions and models of additive manufacturing, such as those outlined by ASTM (2012), often assume a layer-by-layer deposition of a material onto a flat surface. The research presented looks to explore what alternative formal opportunities that may arise when challenging these assumptions concerning additive manufacturing. Beginning with the robotic clay coil extrusion process, the research uses a bottom–up approach that asks what types of forms and scales can be generated with this process. Prototypes incorporate techniques such as weaving as a means of fabricating panels that celebrate the inherent nature of the coil itself. The woven patterns are designed to incorporate both assembly logics and performance qualities such as light permeability across a façade component. Through a series of full-scale prototypes focusing on a specific building application, this research works to resolve the seemingly conflicting nature between the inherent mutability of the clay material and the high level of control granted by robotic fabrication processes.
KeywordsAdditive manufacturing Ceramics Clay deposition Weaving
This research was conducted under the guidance of instructors Nathan King and Rachel Vroman during the course: Material Systems: Digital Design, Fabrication, and Research Methods at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Cambridge MA; Fall 2013.
Research supported by ASCER Tile of Spain; Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Design Robotics Group; the Office for the Arts at Harvard, Ceramics Program; and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Fabrication Laboratory.
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