Ever since we introduced our new Porcelain material, we’ve been amazed at the creations our community has made with it. From vases to coffee cups to figurines, we’ve seen some amazing products come to life. Today, we’re excited to let you know any designer will be able to experiment with this beautiful material as we open up the Porcelain pilot program.
When Porcelain was first introduced, we kept the pilot closed so that we could work very closely with the designers in the program. Closed pilots (where we let designers in one at a time) allow us to control the maximum capacity so that we can focus on innovating, experimenting and specifying design guidelines. Because we allow designers to virtually make anything they want, we need to limit the capacity so that we can focus on learning before scaling our operation.
Porcelain is our first in-house developed material so we want to make sure it is as good as it can be before opening up to a larger group. We knew there would be a lot of questions surrounding such a new material and working with a smaller group allowed us to personally connect with them to help guide the design and printing process.
Here’s a few things we’ve learned so far:
We’ve developed our mold generation software and what types of geometry it can accept
We’ve honed our glazes so each unique one looks as brilliant as possible
We’ve expanded our team and standardized processes to get ready to scale the operations.
Because our closed pilot program has been going well, and we’ve been receiving requests from designers dying to join, we’ve decided to open up the pilot to any designer interested in experimenting with this new material. Our goal for this phase of the pilot is to scale up operations and have it ready to offer to shoppers in time for the holidays.
To sign up for the pilot program, and check out guidelines on designing for Porcelain, check out the Porcelain Material Page. Join the conversation on our forum to find comments, questions and other great designs being made.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!