As I begin to experience the system and explore it's capability I'll happily share my observations here on my blog.
A big thanks to E3D. There's lots more on the development on their own blog here.
|Jonathan setting a clay print on the WASP printer.|
|A simple hollow cylinder always forms a good test print for tuning in the printer. Photo: Johanna Aaspollu.|
Cylinder Diam 50mm approx.
|Clay is cut in thin slices using wire, and dipped in water for an initial wetting. A fork is used to increase the water contact area with the clay. The complete softening process is illustrated in full in the video below (20min).|
|Above shows the air pressure control valve which keeps the piston under force against the clay in the cylinder.|
|Above: Jonathan opens the air valve, increasing the air pressure to about 4 Bar. Clay begins to flow at a slow but steady pace from the connected pipe. This pipe then gets connected to the push-fitting in the extruder printhead assembly.|
|Above: Jonathan shows a clay base placed on an MDF disc.|
|Above: Jonathan tuning the flow via the printer control panel.|
|Above: 5min in Blender, allowed Jonathan's experience to draw this object and move quickly to get something printing to demonstrate the process end-to-end early on in the workshop. Good strategy. Impressive result.|
|Above: A mix of objects printed during the workshop. The majority original creations, the lower two from Thingiverse thing:969262 and thing:1063915.|
|Above: Once fired the object is transformed in strength and appearance.|