Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  David Huson, CFPR Research Fellow

The Saxby Medal:

Awarded to David Huson by the Royal Photographic Society

award: saxby medal - for achievement in the field of 3-dimensional imaging
awarded to: David huson
awarded by: the royal photographic society
ceremony: 8 September at the Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London.

David Huson, CFPR Research Fellow in 3D Rapid Prototyping, has been awarded the 2011 Saxby Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging, endowed by Graham Saxby Hon FRPS in appreciation of the benefits of 50 years membership of The Society. David has been awarded the medal for the body of work he has undertaken at the Centre for Fine Print Research since 2000.

David has pioneered a series of research projects at the CFPR since 2000. He was awarded funding in 2000-2003 from the AHRC for A practical Re-appraisal of Continuous Tone Photo-relief Printing for Ceramics and Alternative Substrate. This project explored the potential of early photo-mechanical printmaking techniques, including the Woodburytype process, for the printing for high quality photographic imagery onto ceramics and alternative substrates. As a result of the success of this research the 3D printing lab, led by David and Professor Steve Hoskins, was set up in 2007 with HEIF 2 and SRIF 3 funding which allowed the purchase of equipment.

This was followed by an AHRC grant The Fabrication of 3 Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output (2007-09) to carry out research into 3D rendering and 3D printing. This study was undertaken from the perspective of the artist/ craftsperson and sought to adapt its generic, intermediary, industrial role as a tool for creation of temporary prototypes to the production of one off, permanent bespoke or limited edition artefacts. The recent grant Solid Free-Form Fabrication in Fired Ceramic as a Design Aid for Concept Modelling in the Ceramic Industry (2011-12) aims to prove the commercial viability of 3D printed ceramic bodies as a design tool for concept modelling of tableware and whiteware for the ceramic industry.

After receiving the news, David said: “I was surprised and delighted to receive this award as it was unexpected and I am very honoured with the recognition from the Royal Photographic Society. This award reflects the expertise and dedication of the team at the CFPR."

CFPR Director Stephen Hoskins said: “We are very pleased that David’s multidisciplinary work has been recognised by this award. The CFPR has one of the most comprehensive sets of state-of-the-art 2D and 3D printing, cutting, machining and fabrication hardware in the creative arts departments of universities in the UK. By adapting to the changing demands in the market and requirements of the user, David is able to conduct research that has direct application to industry, creative design, science and art. The Centre’s long-term vision is to capitalise on the strengths that have been built over the last ten years to work in new and innovative ways towards novel surface print, design and fabrication in 2 and 3 dimensions, combining a multi-technology approach of using new materials and processes to push forward new ideas and innovation.”

Previous recipients of the Saxby award are:
1998 Professor S A Benton
1999 David Burder
2000 Professor Tung H Jeong
2001 Hans Bjelkhagen
2002 Professor Nicholas Phillips
2003 Jeff Blyth
2004 Jonathan Ross
2005 Robert Munday
2006 Steve McGrew
2007 Dayton Taylor
2008 Not given
2009 Professor Martin Richardson
2010 Dr Trevor J Maternaghan



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