Wooden foot for 3D-printed ceramic vase


I got to use two of my favorite high-tech tools for this piece: The Origin and the Form 2 printer. The 3D object is a print of https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:28123 which the Form 2 can print in ceramic/polymer material directly. The material is bisque fired in a kiln to 1050C, which burns away all of the polymer, and the ceramic particles stick together. I glazed it with https://www.dickblick.com/items/30458-5356/ and fired to 1250C. This whole process works fairly well, but the vase is thin-walled, and some cracking is inevitable near the foot. Instead of ignoring the tiny cracks, I decided to cover them up with a wooden foot that would enclose the bottom of the vase. I used the
https://www.shapertools.com/ Origin to cut a pocket into bloodwood, which would match the bottom of the vase. I then cut around the pocket to free the piece from the stock. I used double-stick tape (Nitto / Permacel) to hold the small bloodwood stock down to the spoilboard, on which there was a bunch of Shaper tape. Born out of necessity, I ended up preferring the visual touch that the wood and ceramic deliver together.


This is beautiful work, Ben. At the risk of turning this into a Shaper post, I thought that shaper tape had to be at the same plane as the work piece. You can put the tape on a spoiler board below the work piece?


Thanks! Yes, having an offset between the plane of the work piece and plane of the Shaper tape works fine as long as the planes are parallel and rigid. It’s very handy for small, expensive hardwood pieces. This setup typically requires some shims to be made (or adjusted) that match the thickness of the stock so that the router doesn’t topple for really small pieces.


Very interesting work !!! I would love to one day find the funds to buy and maintain a Form 2 for personal use, the ceramic and other possibilities like making masters for aluminium casting or molds for injection molding are really interesting.

Would you care to upload a picture with something in the frame to get a sense of scale ?

BTW, amazing work too on the plastic printed circuits ! Any plans on featuring your work with the Form 2 on Applied Science ?


Sure, here are a few photos for scale. The part shrinks considerably from the as-printed polymer form, and the bisque-fired form ready for glazing. There is some additional, but much less shrinkage when going from bisque to full glaze fire.

I did a general sort of video about the Form 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z8uPHL52Q0


Lovely work!