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Studio RAP 3D prints 2,850 ceramic tiles for stunning New Delft Blue construction project

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Dutch construction design firm Studio RAP has been 3D printing ceramic tiles for their work on design elements of the pioneering New Delft Blue project in the historic Dutch city of Delft. After printing these tests at Studio RAP’s workshop, the tiles went straight into the kiln at Koninklijke Tichelaar where they were also beautifully glazed.

New Delft BlueUsing an algorithmic approach to 3D pattern design and combining the tile with artisanal glazing is a process that gives us incredible joy.

New Delft Blue is a pioneering project in the historic Dutch city of Delft that reinterprets the world-famous decorative qualities and design vocabulary of Delft Blue porcelain. By fusing 3D clay printing, computational design and artisanal glazing, the architectural potential of ceramics and ornament the 21st century is revealed.
The tiles are 3D printed, which allows for the creation of approximately four thousand contemporary, rich and unique ceramic tiles that together form the two gates to a beautiful courtyard. Using an algorithmic approach to 3D pattern design certain manufacturing constraints (maximum overhang, width, height and depth, shrinkage constraints and internal support structure) are taken into account when generating the geometry of the tiles.

According to Material District, the gates are four metres wide, eight metres high and twelve metres deep. They will be covered in approximately 4,000 ceramic tiles, which are currently being printed.

New Delft Blue

According to Studio Rap, the 3D printed ceramic tiles make for a high-quality cladding material, which offers low maintenance and high durability. The studio also uses this cladding for a residential high-rise project.

This project is being built by BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling and Ballast Nedam Development.

New Delft Blue

Via 3D Construction Printing (3DCP)

Update: December 12th, 2022

This is what thousands of serially additively manufactured ceramic tiles look like before getting shipped out.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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