Extreme Ceramics

Stackable 3D Printed Stoneware Facade Components

Extreme Ceramics investigates the confluence of design and digital fabrication techniques specifically as it relates to robotic fabrication and architectural facade systems. This project begun by extracting samples of 2D data from satellite imagery and, after digital manipulation, systematically re-composited the information into a new synthetic landscape. As samples were extracted from their source images, the digital information underwent algorithmic procedures that translated the 2D data into 3D robotic toolpaths for clay extrusion. Over the course of the semester, the project developed into a full scale facade prototype, utilizing the robotic arms at SCI-Arc’s Robot House to extrude the clay form and a custom designed ‘digital paintbrush tip’ to robotically glaze the ceramic finish surface.


Client: SCI-Arc | Adv. Robotic Fabrication Seminar

Completion Date: 2019

Built: Prototype Constructed

Material: Ceramic - Stoneware, Glaze

Involvement: Course Instructors: Herwig Baumgartner & Garrett Sutherlin Santo

Team: Johnny Chen, Zihan Gao, Giovanna Penna Lima, Frank Liu, and Frank Parrado