3d printing ceramics

3D printing ceramics with Bussoga

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.

Printed porcelain decoration

Printed porcelain decoration

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.

You might seen the pictures from the roadtrip, here is how our workspace look right before starting our day. Bussoga‘s HQ are awesome!!!

Bussoga HQ

Bussoga HQ

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.

Josep mixing porcelain

Josep mixing porcelain

This design is from Irina from Bussoga and it is our favourite print of the day. Worth to say it was painfully designed with Curv3s (undo feature request, still pending to implement).

Printed girl face

Printed girl face

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.

Printing clay at big with big nozzle

Printing clay at big with big nozzle

Closer look the big nozzle prints.

Printed thick layer pots

Printed thick layer pots

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.

3d printed cup test

3d printed cup test

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.

Day one results

Day one results

Printing ceramics day one results

Printing ceramics day one results

Soooo when is our next roadtrip?

THANKS TO BUSSOGA FOR THE INVITATION!

Did we said already that Bussoga is awesome?