Wednesday: 8.30 – 11.30  | room 45.01.05B
Wednesday: 1.30 – 4.30 | room 45.01.010 Wetspace

Lecturers: Hamish Maggs and Phoebe Richardson

This studio looks at the intersection of new technology and an ancient material- Terracotta ceramic. Students will work with the UR10 robots to extrude Terracotta clay as a manufacturing process. UR10’s are developing as new types of tools for either mass or customised production. They are nimble and safe robotic machines that lend themselves to a wide-variety of applications. New industries will develop around the use of these machines as co-bots (co-workers) in the manufacturing sector. Those that can program and develop applications for these machines in an expanding era of robotics and automation will be in much demand.

Terracotta is an ancient material used since the earliest periods of civilisation. That it is still used today for artefacts and building applications is a testament to its enduring properties. Design as a field has been active in the last decade in exploring the possibilities of extruding ceramics with additive manufacturing technologies as opposed to utilising more traditional methods like slip-casting, pressing or throwing.

The brief will revolve around developing modular wall tile systems that take advantage of terracotta’s properties for enabling evaporative cooling systems. Students will design tile systems that allow for water to run, spray or be dispersed in, around or through cavities printed in the tile design taking advantage of the robot’s ability to print ceramic layers in formations not achievable in other traditional ceramic manufacturing methods.

Students will develop in groups a fully functioning prototype. You will be taught the basics of Rhino and Grasshopper to interface with the UR10s and have a fundamental understanding of the ceramic making process.