This was a research in attempt to replace the "hand signature" of the traditional craftsman with the one of the contemporary technologies. The Turkish coffee cup was used as a study case.To emphasis the differences of the time needed to create new and complex structures and decorations, then, and now days. The ABS wire 3D printer was chosen. its most noticeable disadvantage (comparing to the STL 3D printer for example) is that the support material for the model is made from the same material of the model itself. The first try was to take a generic glass, draw a 2D arabesque pattern on it, using CAD software, and with a simple action, we multiplied it around the cup and extruded it. While setting the cup for print, it accidentally got placed on its side and not on its base (the red cup).

This was the breakthrough of this project. Because of this mistake, the printer built a massive support which created a special new structure/pattern around the model, which was different completely than the one we designed. This led to the understanding how manipulate the printer to create a very complex structure, only by the way we place the cup in the printer's tray, using the most generic cup shape a base.

Another try was checking how much we can push the printer's limits to create more and more complex structures, by increasing the angle in which the cup was places on the tray. When placing it in gentle angles, new handles for the cups, that weren't in the original CAD model, were created.

When placed in an acute angle, the printer created distortion, the model collapsed and the printer stopped working before it finished building the model.




In Collaboration with Ehud Eldan

Photography: Oded Antman