Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

David Huson

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Senior Research Fellow

David leads an internationally acclaimed research team in the field of 3D rapid prototype printed ceramics. He was awarded the 2011 Saxby Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging in recognition of his pioneering research. His body of work includes A practical Re-appraisal of Continuous Tone Photo-relief Printing for Ceramics and Alternative Substrate (2000-2003). Funded by the AHRC this project explored the potential of early photo-mechanical printmaking techniques, including the Woodburytype process, for the printing of high quality photographic imagery onto ceramics and alternative substrates.

As a result of the success of this research the CFPR 3D printing lab, led by David and Professor Steve Hoskins, was set up in 2007 with funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund and Science Research Investment Fund - which allowed the purchase of equipment. This was followed by an AHRC award for 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 AHRC grant Solid-Free-From Fabrication in Fired Ceramic as a Design Aid for Concept Modelling in the Ceramic Industry (2011-12) aimed 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. David and Steve were awarded a three year AHRC award in 2012 Can Egyptian Paste Techniques (Faience) Be Used For 3D Printed, Solid Free-form Fabrication of Ceramics? to investigate a contemporary 3D printable Egyptian Faience material.
David has given over sixteen peer reviewed conference papers at international conferences since joining the CFPR as a research assistant in 2000, including three focal papers at the IS&T Digital Fabrication Conferences 2007, 2008, 2009 and he will moderate the NIP28/Digital Fabrication 2012 roundtable on 3D Print. He has an extensive industrial background, working in research and development in the ceramics industry for 20 years as a ceramic engineer, production manager and company director for Enoch Wedgwood Ltd, Infrared International Engineering, Phoenix Ceramics and the Moira Pottery Co. He is in the unique position of having extensive experience of current 3D printing technologies, alongside technical and commercial experience of ceramic whiteware production. Previous posts include; production quality control management as a technical manager in charge of materials and process; research and development experience in production management, and commercial experience from running his own company (Phoenix Ceramics). His research has led to new processes for photoceramic imaging and ceramic 3D printing.

Research Grants Awarded

2014-15 3D Printed Ceramic Spin Out Company, AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact & Engagement in partnership with Sibelco UK, £29744, Co-Investigator

2013-14 Combining digital print technologies with 18th Century underglaze ceramic printing to retain an industrial heritage process, AHRC Follow-on Funding £119,446, Co-Investigator

2012-15 Can Egyptian Paste Techniques (Faience) Be Used For 3D Printed, Solid Free-form Fabrication of Ceramics? AHRC Research Grant (Standard) £385,672, Co-Investigator

2011-12 Solid free-form fabrication in fired ceramic as a design aid for concept modelling in the ceramic industry, AHRC Follow-on Funding £119,854, Co-Investigator

Dave's current CV

contact: David.Huson@uwe.ac.uk