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Viridis3D and UWE Announces License Agreement for ViriClay

 
The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) and Viridis3d LLC (Viridis) are pleased to announce that they have entered in to a licence agreement granting Viridis the exclusive rights to market ViriClay, a 3D printable ceramic material developed by Professor Stephen Hoskins and Mr Dave Huson of UWE’s Centre for Fine Print Research.
 
This novel material has wide domestic and commercial applications and will allow the possibility to print ceramic objects directly in three dimensions. It will also allow the user to produce unique works without incurring modelling and tool costs. It is directly applicable to the whiteware and tableware industry, where it will shorten ceramic production lead times. Excitingly, it will enable designers, makers and artists to produce works that would simply not have been possible without this technology.
 
ViriClay, has wide domestic and commercial applications for the arts and consumer product markets and offers these advantages:
- Reduces the total time, labour, and energy required to make a 3D printed ceramic objects by more than 30%
- Improves the surface finish of glazed parts
- Ceramic prints can be produced from many digital sculpting packages including CAD, 3D scan data, etc
- Compatible with standard 3D printers
 
David Huson and Stephen Hoskins, researchers from the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, have developed a new innovative ceramic process using a ceramic powder designed to go into a standard ZCorp printer, which normally prints in a plaster based material. Using the patented ceramic printing process it is now possible to successfully print, glaze and fire a porcelain type body to 1200 degrees C. The ceramic object can then be rapidly glazed and decorated – a quantum leap in the world of 3D printing.
 
Professor Stephen Hoskins, who spearheaded the research, said: “We have proved a conceptually new approach to 3D print in ceramics. This development means that for the first time it will be possible to print rapid prototypes in ceramic. Prior to this ceramic prototypes were cast in plastic or plaster so it was not possible to fire a prototype and test the glazes.”

 

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