Designer Uses Music Vibrations to Add Cool Patterns to 3D-Printed Ceramics

Andrew LaSane

Designer Olivier van Herpt has been adding a new twist to traditional ceramic production—he uses 3D printing and sound vibrations to shape his creations.

Van Herpt has been experimenting with what he calls "functional 3D-printed ceramics," using a clay extruder that he designed and built himself to create bowls and vases with unique shapes. For a collaborative project with sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven called Solid Vibrations, van Herpt introduced sound to the process.

The designer placed a speaker rig beneath the platform while the printer extruded clay based on his digital input. As the sounds designed by van Broekhoven left the speaker, the waves slightly vibrated the platform, which affected how and where the layers of clay were placed.

The video above demonstrates how the low sound vibrations created swirling moiré patterns in the clay. The exterior of the vase is a result of changes in the vibrations, which created different patterns on the object. To see more examples of van Herpt and van Broekhoven's collaboration, head to the designer's website.

Banner image via StudioVanBroekhoven on Vimeo.

[h/t FastCo.Design]