Title: The Future of Small-to-Medium-Scale Production of Ceramics: The Use of Thermoplastic Polyurethane 3D Printing to Produce Molds in Educational Institutions
Stream: Arts Practices
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Badar Almamari, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Using 3D printers to create molds for ceramics arts and industries is one of the new techniques influencing these creative fields. The role of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) in the creative industries has received increased attention across a number of disciplines in recent years. It is well known that TPU is a flexible, durable material, and it is considered a suitable material to create ceramic mother molds because of its abrasion-resistant thermoplastic nature. However, the most important reason to use TPU in ceramic plaster molds is that the plaster can be extracted from molds very easily and all the copies will be typically similar to each other. There is an urgent need to address the problems associated with using this technique in ceramics educational institutions. The aim of this paper is to experimentally explore the use of TPU 3D printing in developing ceramic molds and draw the attention of mold-makers to the best practices to solve these challenges.
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