Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Making of Kitschpot

Kitschpot was designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman for the Designers in Residence programme exhibition at the Design Museum, 2013. 

3D printed Kitschpot

The original file is modeled and textured in Rhino version 5 and exported to VRML format. At Lee 3D we opened the file in Magics for checking before 3D printing on the ZPrinter 650 colour 3D printer.
Part sanded sitting on the 3D printer

Two sets were made. One was rubbed down and sent to CP Ceramics where a mould was made ready for slip casting the forms. 

As a 3D printer this image really appeals to me. Parts that come out of the printer are covered in plaster powder and need time to be revealed. These cast parts come out so clean and crisp it must be a joy to work with this process.

Slip cast Kitschpot still in the mould 

After firing, the cast forms have shrunk, which is a normal part of the ceramics process. The 3D printed pattern bears the mould makers marks used to ensure that the moulds will part easily and releasing the cast forms. The colour in the patterns is permanently faded by now, probably indicating the parts were wetted at some point in the mould making process. 

The Kitschpot pattern with offspring

Another attraction to casting from 3D prints is that many parts can be produces form a single mould.

Kitschpots sitting around waiting for glazing

The exhibition of 3D printed forms designed by Adam Nathaniel Furman will be on display at the Design Museum,  from 4 September until 12 January 2014.

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