3D Printing in the New Digital Fabrication Lab

In the new digital fabrication lab, students are melding the digital with the tangible by designing and printing tools for their ceramic processes. This is part of a course taught by Jo Kamm that teaches students how to use Rhino 3D modeling software. Jo Kamm’s digital fabrication courses have revolved around combining processes and software: in the past, he has taught students how to replicate the rhino programming through using other free online software, and now he is also utilizing the website Ashlar to help students design tessellating forms that they can turn into ceramic tile shapes.

Emily Souers (senior) is the technician for the class – she has taken two of Jo’s digital fabrication classes and one additional class in Rhino and helps make sure that all of the equipment is up and running. She explains that in addition to making tessellating forms, the students were also making 3D printed “cylinder seals” to generate texture on their forms. One of the students, Kendall Hammond (junior), says that through these overlapping processes he has been able to sketch and think quickly about a variety of forms and textures in new ways. “With Rhino, you have to understand the whole program before you get to use it,” he said, “so learning that process and then applying it made me think everything through – it also brought the unknown back into my work.”

For more information about our digital fabrication processes, watch the video below of some of our printers working.

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Bisqued terra cotta tiles created by Kendall Hammond (junior)

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Detail of the 3D printed tool used to make tiles

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A finished, printed mold form

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