We talk a lot about 3D printers, but most use plastic or resin materials.
Rarely do we have the pleasure of seeing a ceramic 3D printer which uses honest-to-goodness earthen clay to print an object.
The Cerambot does exactly that – it takes your standard Kaolinite clay material and allows you to builds shapes, sculptures and objects layer by layer. It’s also one of the more affordable ceramic 3D printers out there starting at a mere $199 USD.
The printer itself is a delta-style printer with three nozzles (diameters of 0.8, 1.2, and 1.5mm) which allow you to print different thicknesses. Coupled with an industrial linear guide rail capable of high speeds and a mechanical precision of 0.1mm, the Cerambot can supposedly print 20% faster than any other ceramic printer.
Two options are availalble for clay printing with Cerambot products – the Cerambot Air Extruder for use with your own FDM 3D printer and the Cerambot Pro, a complete 3D printer, assembled and ready for use right out of the box.
The Cerambot Pro deserves special mention for its 57 stepper motor (Nema 23), a TB6600 driver, and worm gear speed reducer which stabilizes the printer and ensures a constant, high-quality print. The Cerambot Pro can also be controlled manually or be autonomously via the control board.
No matter the option you choose, the Cerambot off the shelf clay material to make the print-to-part process relatively painless. While we can imagine some issue, necessary work conditions, and required cleanup and maintenance of the extruder, they’ve designed a system that really couldn’t approach clay printing more simply.
The best part about the Cerambot (and really ceramic printers in general) is how the finished sculpture is still malleable even after printing. Just as shaping clay on a potter’s wheel, until the clay is heated in a furnace (sold separately), all the objects can be molded by hand, added to, or just mashed down and thrown back into the extruder for re-printing.
This gives you a seemingly infinite number of tries… just as long as you use the same amount of material.
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