Until now, ceramics was a craft that had little digital influence. For this reason, it was exciting to mate this craft with a new technology. The starting point was an ancient form and a CNC Styrocutter.
Step 1: 3D Modeling & CNC Styrocutter
- The initial design process started by 3D modeling the ancient form of a jug in Rhino.
Upload it into the CNC Styrocut software and decide with how many cuts the styrofoam will be cut (it is only possible to decide on the number of cuts, but not the position at which they will be made)
- The CNC styrocutter starts off with a styrofoam block on a rotating plate. The cuts are made with a hot wire. Only possible in vertical and horizontal ways. These technical limitations made it possible to create uncommon abstractions and evolutionary lineups of the different stages along the production process. The ordinary details such as holes, free spaces and round elements, suddenly became challenges, that were adjusted in the 3D model
Step 2: Plaster Mold & Porcelain Casting
- Once the plaster mould is build and completely dry it is possible to cast the porcelain
- the thickness of the object to cast depends on the time the porcelain stays inside
- when the right thickness is achieved the rest of the porcelain can be poured out and dried before firing