Building my 3D printer…

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I am constructing my own 3D Delta printer, so I will be able to print in clay, and hopefully porcelain paperclay. This is really exciting and removes the need to print in PLA plastic first and make a mold before casting with slip. An interesting alternative use for the printer, is that it can print chocolate, silicon, wood paste, etc etc etc. I will post updates as soon as I work out the electronics….

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GLAD conference, Sheffield

I was lucky enough to attend the GLAD conference at Sheffield Hallam University on 27th February 2015. GLAD stands for ‘Group for Learning in Art & Design’, and celebrated 25 years since it’s founding. There were very interesting papers on employability within art & design, yet I found the research from many presenters around the importance of making, being the message we really need to get out there. With cuts to arts education and the lack of resources for making within schools, a generation of kids will be unable to experience materials and the power of making. We cannot underestimate the impact this will have.

I presented a poster on ‘The alternative crit: peer feedback in art & design’, which seemed to gather a lot of interest. A really interesting and worthwhile conference…..

More from Made@EU

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The fantastic group of makers who took part in the Made@EU workshop at Plymouth College of Art. Our final day, and celebration of all we had made.
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We 3d printed a PLA form, then invested it in plaster, burned it out in the kiln [like lost wax], and cast a bronze piece. This is it coming out of the ‘pickle’ to remove the plaster.
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We were shown the wallpaper press, and the possibilities of created digitally manufactured printing blocks.
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Some of the pieces produced at the workshop. We still used traditional techniques, such as hot glass, slip cast ceramics and pewter casting to augment the digital.

Made@EU digital fabrication workshop

I was recently selected to take part in the Made@EU digital fabrication workshop, held in Plymouth College of Art, working with the FabLab, from 9-13 February 2015. This was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about digital processes and how they can support traditional ways of making.