A new 3D print service has launched that specializes in ceramics: Argillasys.
The company is a spin off from research undertaken at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, UK, where Fabbaloo friend Dr. Stephen Hoskins has been working for some years on this specific topic.
Evidently the research was sufficiently successful to launch a venture based on their findings.
The service operates as a gallery, in which artists display their incredible designs as made in ceramics.
But you can order ceramic prints from other services; what makes Argillasys different? They explain:
Our ceramic material is based upon traditional porcelain and has more of the characteristics of traditional clay, than other 3D printable ceramic materials you have seen in the 3D marketplace over the last couple of years.
We have worked towards achieving a 3D printable ceramic material in which we have confidence for use with a powder deposition process. Our licence partners Viridis LLC agree with us. In tandem with the launch of Argillasys, Viridis have launched Viriclay a 3D printable ceramic material developed by CFPR for use in ZCorp machines.
So their work is definitely not the same as you’d find at Shapeways, for example.
Pricing is quite variable, as it depends on the size, complexity and finishing of each object. In the gallery we’ve seen items as low as £30 (USD$48) and as high as £145 (USD$230).
Currently the service lists five participating artists, but we suspect they may be interested in adding additional artists, should their work be suitable for the service. If you’re a 3D artist, you may consider contacting them for further information.