Ceramic Morphologies is a prototype for the additive manufacturing of ceramic building components at the industrial scale. Utilizing a clay extrusion system and 3-axis armature, the project aims to reduce the constraints of existing mass-production techniques, and expand the design space of masonry construction. The prototype consists of 552 unique elements ranging from 261-545mm in length, and 70-150mm in height. 184 elements, representing the entire structure, are displayed in the current installation. The elements can be bonded with mortar for permanent installations or, dry-stacked and secured to a support frame for temporary installations. In addition to highlighting the potential of ceramic 3d printing, the pavilion is designed to test the adaptation of principles of thermodynamic heat transfer to 3d printed clay geometry.
Project Team: Professor Martin Bechthold, Director; Salmaan Craig, Lecturer in Environmental Technology; Nono Martínez Alonso; Jose Luis Garcia Del Castillo; Tiffany Cheng; Kevin Hinz; Namju Lee, Zhiwei Liao; Matan Mayer; Saurabh Mhatre; Zach Seibold, Santiago Serna González; Juan Pablo Ugarte
Sponsor: ASCER Tile of Spain
Coordinator: ITC: Javier Mira
Ceramic Production: Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica: Pilar Gómez Tena, Carmen Segarra Ferrando, Aroa Garcia Cobos
Installation: Grupo on Market
Documentation: Fernando García del Castillo López