At the command of the 'print' button, 3D printer could produce incredible pieces of 3D confectionery. And now 3D printed sugar is catching on more widely: Canadian designer Philippe Malouin has created a variety of sugar-based plates and bowls using an analogue 3D printer built by himself.
Malouin's custom-made 3D printer features a box frame and a wooden turntable that is powered by a small motor. Grains of sugar fall through a funnel and fall onto the spinning cylinder below to form structures like cylindrical sand dunes. And if a smaller dish was needed he could simply change the diameter of the sand dune.
The resulting shape was used to make a silicone negative, then cast in plaster and given to 1882 to produce in bone china. The final bone china pieces are unique because they retain a sandy texture of the original sugar dishware. Malouin said that sugar was the perfect substitute, as any grains clinging to the silicone could be washed away with water.
The Dunes collection is on display at the Sand & Clay exhibition in London until 22 September.
This is how the gallery describes "Dunes" by Philippe Malouin:
Dunes is a stunning collection of fine bone china tableware featuring skillfully hand-crafted plates and bowls from one of the design world's most applauded new talents. Slip-cast from plaster models, the collection maximises Malouin's beautifully minimalistic patterns through analogue 3D printing. The analogue 3d printer made by Malouin, creates shapes that cannot be designed by hand or computer. Only movement, imperfection and randomised material deposition form the pieces. The shapes formed are carefully utilised and transformed into functional china pieces, highlighting the skill of the craftsman and creating a collection that wonderfully exemplifies its title of - Dunes.
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Wheel Jockey wrote at 9/20/2013 6:44:05 PM:
The "analog 3D printer" could also be made from an old record player, a catch tray, and a bucket with a hole in the bottom hung over it. As a long time potter, you can get the exact same texture sprinkling sand on a freshly wheel-thrown surface, and then brushing off after it has dried. The reason you don't see this surface in pottery is that you will be hours trying to scrub food particles out of the pits.