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Lecture at National Conference for Cast Iron Art

Posted in 3DP Materials, metal casting, rp/am sculpture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by skaad

Recently I attended the National Conference on Cast Iron Art held at the historical Sloss iron foundry in Birmingham, Alabama.  I was lucky enough to present a lecture on my recent research into the application of Additive Manufacturing technologies to the process of Metal Casting.   What follows are the first 22 slides.  The next post will contain the final images.

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Requested resources

Posted in 3DP Materials, rp/am sculpture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by skaad

I have just returned from giving a lecture at the 2011 National Conference on Cast Iron Art.  I am still working on uploading the full powerpoint presentation from the lecture, but as a teaser here is the reference list that was most requested:

We are getting ready for an iron pour and finals are coming so look for the images from the powerpoint after May 15th.

Presentation at Ars Mathmatica in Paris

Posted in rp/am sculpture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by rpsculptadmin

Christian Lavigne introducing Laura West (left) and Mark Ganter (right) via weblink

Recently Mark Ganter from University of Washington and Laura West from Fresno City College gave a presentation titled why collaboration matters at Ars Mathematica in Paris France.  We discussed the research we started before beginning to work together and more importantly the results of our collaboration.  Since beginning our work together, we have come up with an effective metal casting formula for 3D printing, several materials that print straight out of the bag and a material that casts both metal and glass (watch for upcoming post by Charlie Wyman) well straight out of the bag.  If you would like to see the powerpoint slide show of our presentation head to the post on Open3dp.

About Ars Mathematica from their website:

“2010 is the “International Year of Biodiversity“.
Considering that this is a particularly interesting topic for a meeting of artists and researchers, the association ARS MATHEMATICA proposes an exhibition and an international conference on the subject, opting for original perspectives. It is supported in this effort by the French Association of Exobiology, astronomers, historians, etc.., And by various institutions and companies involved in biology, 3D, high-tech…
The exhibition, conferences, and (subject) performances will be held from Saturday 23 to Sunday, October 31, the CARREFOUR NUMÉRIQUE (CYBERBASE) of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie / UNIVERSCIENCE, 30, avenue Corentin-Cariou , 75019 Paris.”

You can find more information about Ars Mathematica here.  There is also a video of the exhibition and conference site which you can find here.

Plaster Powder VOHP (Version “Out of the bag” HydroPerm)

Posted in 3DP Materials, rp/am sculpture, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by 3dpglass

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!!

Cementenous atARS Mathematica

Posted in 3DP Materials, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 24, 2010 by skaad

This post was written by Mark Ganter and edited by Laura West.

Things have been VERY busy in the sculpture lab at FCC as well at the engineering lab at UW these last days, Laura West and Mark Ganter both recieved an invitation to present physical work and provide a lecture at ARS Mathematica.  On a whim, Laura decided to try a new powder that she was testing straight out of the bag.  Mark rapidly joined in this effort to test this series of materials and has been furiously experimenting as well (it is such an exciting revelation that Mark started printing the next morning).  We will post our results soon and the cementenous metal-casting formula will come this week.

Since we will be discussing our cementenous material at ARS Mathematica, it seemed like producing new work in this material would be appropriate to show off at this juncture.


MesoBio – D. Storti @ 2010

The work was designed by Duane Storti and is called MesoBio.  It is a combination of the calcaneous and talus bones and a surface which is equal distance between the two bones.


Moai Jonchets – M. Ganter @ 2010

The work was designed by Mark Ganter and is called Moai Jonchets.   Jonchet is a French variant of the game called “pick up sticks”.


Backstack VI – L. West @ 2010

This work was created by Laura West, and is part of her “Backstack” series of works.  Most of this series plays with layered back forms, as if they were fallen leaves nesting upon one another.

Please check out the other amazing pieces of art at ARS Mathematica.

Visiting Artist Cynthia Handel

Posted in rp/am sculpture with tags , , , on October 8, 2010 by skaad

This week we had a visiting artist come to the school. Cynthia Handel worked for two afternoon’s with Jason Rogoff, one of my students, Ron Cerkuria and I. The picture below demonstrates some of the results printed on the Applied Technology’s newer rapid prototyping machine. Especially considering Cynthia had no prior experience with additive manufacturing, the results are impressive.

Ron Rael’s work with cement and other materials

Posted in architecture, rp/am sculpture with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by skaad


I had the opportunity to meet Ron Rael of UC Berkley this weekend.  He is working on an exhibition of sculptural models that are all printed in alternative materials (primarily cement).   They are amazing, undulations of form that really emphasize the breakdown in barrier of shape that this technology allows.  The sheer scale of the individual parts is also impressive (the form in the picture below is probably at least 24″ tall).  When you add in the concept of printing these as multistory buildings, his long range goal, they are mindbending. 

If you are anywhere near UC Berkley this next month, you should really consider visiting this exhibition.  There is an opening reception Wednesday October 6, 2010 and the exhibit runs through November 11, 2010.  (link to exhibition information: