Collabos are great. Collabos with great people are DOUBLE great! This is the story behind the first day sharing printing and ceramics ideas with the folks from Bussoga.
Disclaimer. IF you do not know who Bussoga is, they are the masterminds behind all the awesome tiles that we have been using as dishes for the pasts few months.
Our first goal was to set up the printer, after some minor issues (losing our end-effector at the train station) we were all set to start the tests.
During the day mainly we tested two types of materials. White clay and porcelain. Probably the coolest lesson learned during the day was how to start working to get the right consistency for each one of them (still lots to learn yet, but gotta start somewhere :)). Also how to link consistencies with the printing parameters (speeds, nozzle sizes, designs,…).
Here you can see Josep from Bussoga getting the porcelain mix right. It took us a couple of attempts to get the “right” consistency. Porcelain allowed to use small nozzle diameter (1.5mm) but without a hard consistency we could get tall prints.
During all day we jumped from porcelain to clay several times. Clay happened to be a harder horse to tame. Through each try (wetting it more) we tested lots of different configurations: speeds, pressures and nozzles. One of my favourite was the ultra big 12mm nozzle prints looks just cute.
Closer look the big nozzle prints.
After some trial and error we got a thinner clay that could be extruded with a 3 to 4mm nozzle. Was hard to get the right consistency. The day was arriving to the end but we managed to print a few attempts.
Overall it was a fantastic experience, that we are sure is going to drive into tons of ideas (it is already) and hopefully some more upcoming cool projects?
Here a couple of pictures from our results.
Soooo when is our next roadtrip?
THANKS TO BUSSOGA FOR THE INVITATION!
Did we said already that Bussoga is awesome?