by Laura West and Mark Ganter
As a result of the collaboration between artist (and a bit engineer) Laura West and engineer (and more than part – artist) Mark Ganter, we are making great strides in the Fresno City College Sculpture Lab and the UW Solheim RP Lab for the past few weeks. This went into high gear when Laura West came up to Seattle last week for Ars Mathematica and to finalize some research on the cemetenous material (see posts). As you may have noticed, Mark made and amazing discovery and found a printing fluid (rice wine) that works straight out of the bottle. A few days later, Laura began testing a type of gypsum cement straight out of the bag and Mark joined the party/followed suit/something like that literally within hours.
We have been both testing a number of different high strength specialty plasters and have found several to be amazingly successful. We are presenting last week’s winner.
The recipe is “There is no recipe“. You simple purchase HydroPerm, cut open bag, and pour into machine.
It has good damp strength, great green strength, and air drying seems the best (although we have been known to bake a few). The best part of VOHP parts is you can spray them with water OR gently wash them in water (and the parts get stronger)! You can even use water based paints, stains, and varnishes. The VOHP parts open up a new frontier in post processing options.
“Around midnight before Laura West was to leave her very productive visit at Solheim RP, she ran a test of a USG material called Hydroperm that is often used in metal casting. It printed beautifully. Good strength and very little binder migration (we call this “bloom”). She then decided to run a small test mold and a few small sculptures. Within two hours of starting the print, Laura took the test mold over to the metal casting lab and discovered that it does indeed hold up very well to cast metal. This material is potentially even better than the cementenous formula.”
We have had successful results with a variety out-of-the-bag printing materials since we began our collaboration. Some of them have potential for metalcasting (We would recommend waiting until we get past preliminary testing to try this – we promise to get you results soon). As we test these and other new materials we will keep you posted on this site and open3dp.
"MesoBio" printed in Hydroperm by Duane Storti
Mark has been printing up a series of sculptures in Hydroperm for an exhibition in the ArtSpace Gallery at Fresno City College titled “Rapid Premonitions” They are printing amazingly well. . .
"Moai Bowling" printed in Hydroperm by Mark Ganter
We think this is the best powder that we have found to date. It works for part printing and it works for mold printing!!