Project "StoneFlower"

“StoneFlower” is a 3D printer using Paste Deposition Modeling (PDM) technology. Simply speaking, it builds the objects from materials, which flow under pressure and do not after deposition. It can be porcelain, clay, wax, plaster, soldering paste, paints, polymer resins or even food. Now we experiment with soft clays for ceramics.

 

For those, who wish to try ceramic 3D printing at home, we designed an affordable full-functional “SF Clay 3D Printing KIT” that can be installed in many desktop FDM printers.

 

Why ceramics?

Ceramics is durable, food safe, heat resistant, mechanically strong, cheap, recyclable and sustainable material that is suitable for both a prototyping and a small serial production in handicraft, art, design, and architecture.

 

Technology

PDM technique lets printing at much higher rate, as compared to desktop FDM printers, which use thermoplastics. One can easily control the process choosing the nozzle diameter in the range from 1 to 6 mm. The layer thickness may vary from tiny 0.3 mm for precise printing up to 3 mm for maximal performance.

 

Printer

·      Printing speed reaches 100 mm/s

·      Build volume 50 x 50 x 50 cm (in vertical direction can be extended up to 1 m)

·      Nozzle diameter from 1.5 to 6 mm

·      Precision in XY plane: 12 µm

·      Precision in Z direction: 0.6 µm

·      Colorful touchscreen

·      Auto bed leveling

·      Firmware supports G-code, generated by Cura, Slic3r and other popular 3d printing software

·      32-bit electronics for fast and easy printing

·      WiFi

·      Printer dimensions: 84x88x84 cm

·      Weight 20 kg

 

Future

“StoneFlower” is designed as a simple, accurate, fast and versatile instrument for artists, designers, architects, tutors, researchers and hobbyists. We are running a startup around it to make “StoneFlower” available on the market since year 2018. 

 

Team

Anatoly Berezkin, Dipl. Eng., PhD in Chemistry, Habil. in Physics and Mathematics, CBM.

Being a researcher at the Max-Planck Institute in Düsseldorf, Anatoly got acquainted with 3d printing of resins from viscous components in the year 2013. During his collaboration with the German company Covestro AG he published a couple of research papers about the principles of this process.

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b03031

http://aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.4901727

In the next few years at Technical University of Munich (TUM), he gained a hands-on experience in the development of automated research equipment, building CNC routers and 3D printers in a free time. I the year 2017 he studied Business Management, developed Ceramic 3D Printing KIT, and prepared the launch the start up around it. In StoneFlower team Anatoly is responsible for the product development, general business management and certification.

 

Stanislav Mironov, Dipl. Eng. Stanislav has graduated from Technical University of Munich, and joined the project after internship at Electro Optical Systems GmbH (one of the world leading companies in additive manufacturing). In the startup Stanislav takes care about PR, marketing, and supply chain.