If you’re not already designing for Porcelain, it might be a great time to start. Why is this?
#1: You no longer have to order your Porcelain pieces in order to offer the product for sale in the Marketplace! While we always encourage ordering your products for a quality check, this allows you to stretch your imagination a bit and offer some unique pieces to your customers.
#2: Porcelain products now ship in 10 business days (rather than 20) for US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia customers, and 12 for rest of the world. That’s a 50% decrease which means less waiting, faster unboxing, taking pictures, enjoying your product, and sharing with the world!
With this exciting news, we had a chat with our Porcelain team in Long Island City to see what they’ve learned, and if they have any new tips for designing. Here’s the jist of it:
1. A 5mm wall thickness is ideal, but make sure that your walls meet our minimum 3mm thickness.
2. Models MUST stand on their own in the kiln; flat bottoms and selecting the correct orientation are key to getting your model on time.
3. If you are adding a foot to the bottom of your model it should be at least 5mm in height if you would like the rest of the bottom to be glazed.
4. Add a hollowed out core to models thicker than 35mm.
5. Holes in your models should always be larger than 5mm. Please keep in mind that depending on your geometry, the holes may still fill with glaze during the firing process.
6. Filleting the edges and corners of your work on the interior and exterior of your model will help with even glaze distribution.
7. For small models, like figurines or busts, solid models are both easier for us to cast and cheaper for designers to make. If it is less than 35mm thick, make it solid.
8. Make sure your orientation selection is correct.
9. Reference the materials page to make the correct glaze selection for your model. There are in depth explanations and sample photos that allow you to see how each glaze behaves. Sample tiles are available at the bottom of the page.
10. If you make a 2 part model, make sure you leave 1mm clearance for the thickness of the glaze. We get models where the top and the bottom of a jar will not fit together after glazing because the designer did not realize they need to consider that the glazes have an additional thickness.
We were fortunate enough to get the insider scoop from Porcelain 3D Printing Engineer Mike Demeo on what makes DRoger’s design work so well: ”This is a great example of a wire model; this works because firstly the wires are connected to a solid section which allows all the wires to fill during casting. Secondly the wires are simple, thick, and placed geometrically and symmetrically allowing us to be able to cut them in only a few sections making it possible for repairs and our gluing process.”
As is the story with 3D printing, sky is the limit! Here are a few more creations to get you fired up (no pun intended)!
We look forward to sharing more tips and inspired products on the many dimensions of Porcelain as our community continues to fuel the creation of a new kind of ‘ceramic’- near and far!