Students Help to Build a 3D Clay Printer

Kiany Probherbs ’17 demonstrated George School’s 3D printer in action during the TEDxGeorgeSchool conference. (Photo by Eden McEwen ’17)

With the help of Digital Fabrication Specialist Brian Giniewski, students in Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture helped to build a 3D clay printer during fall term. “The printer will enable our students to design and print work out of clay using programs like Google SketchUp, Slic3r, Tinkercad, and other sources like Thingiverse and MakerBot. This printer will be used as a tool in the classroom, much like a potter’s wheel or slab roller,” said Amedeo Salamoni ceramics and sculpture teacher.

With the new printer, students will be able to print parts or all of their work to create vessels or sculptures out of clay. Amedeo plans to give students several opportunities to use the new printer throughout the remainder of the school year.

“It has been a learning experience working with the printer,” says Nick Carbonara ’17 who helped to build the machine and uses it regularly. “I get to learn more about the properties of clay while also gaining experience with electronics. I am excited to be able to keep innovating and experimenting with this new technology.”

Several students also demonstrated the new printer for an attentive audience during a TEDxGeorgeSchool action break on December 3.

Brian is a Senior Windgate Fellow at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. His work has been published in New York Magazine, Color & Color, and New American Paintings. He holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a BFA from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania.