Feb 9, 2016 | By Tess

The Dutch industrial artist, Olivier van Herpt, who previously brought us impressive 3D printed and functional ceramic pottery, as well as an extruder capable of 3D printing in beeswax, has now ventured into a new realm, as he has combined both sound and ceramic 3D printing in his latest project called Solid Vibrations.

The project, which is a collaboration between the Eindhoven Design Academy graduate and sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven, explores what the physical effects of music or sound are on an object that is being 3D printed. The result? A collection of striking, and uniquely textured ceramic pots and bowls, each possessing a distinct moiré pattern.

Van Herpt, who was previously inspired by the texture created by the 3D printer itself as it deposits layer upon layer, is no stranger to turning error into art, so when he noticed by chance that loud music effected and deformed an object he was 3D printing, he decided to roll with it.

After experimenting with sound and 3D printing technology, van Herpt and van Broekhoven found fascinating results after mounting a speaker beneath a ceramic 3D printer platform. As they played varying sounds and low frequency beats from the speakers, the vibrations emitted from them moved and altered the pattern produced by the 3D printer, regardless of the 3D printed file being executed.

Van Herpt’s partner in the project, Ricky van Broekhoven, the founder of Studio van Broekhoven has specialized in creating fleeting landscapes of sound and physically rendering noisescapes in the past, and now with Solid Vibrations, the duo have found a way to permanently encapsulate sound. As eloquently stated on van Herpt’s website, “A moment in time, a song a sound, they can now become objects that encapsulate the moment forever.”

While for now their 3D printed ceramic pieces have been made with the help of steadily paced low frequencies, what is to say that your favourite techno song or strong bass riff could not be translated into a design object? Imagine being able to decorate your home with a David Bowie “Heroes” 3D printed vase, or a Drake inspired fruit bowl—the possibilities are endless.

Designer Oliver van Herpt has for the past few years been pushing the envelope of additive manufacturing technologies. As mentioned, he has experimented and created 3D printers for the purpose of 3D printing in ceramic, he has also introduced beeswax as a potential material for additive manufacturing. As acutely stated on his website, “Tinkering with digital fabrication technologies, the industrial design graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven constructs methods and means of production that meld together seemingly divergent worlds.” Having tackled the worlds of sound and 3D printing, we wonder what van Herpt will do next.



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