Most of the leading 3D printers use ABS plastic which can’t be reused again. This is a problem because plastic is not the most environmentally-friendly material to waste. The ClayXYZ Printer now being funded on KickStarter uses the ordinary run of the mill clay (essentially, clay is just mud and just as biodegradable). You can dissolve it in water and reuse the material over and over again. That’s pretty environment-friendly and cost-effective too.
Just load the clay, download the model and click start to enjoy the process of creation. You’ll be able to use ClayXYZ to print out a cup of your own design, and fire it in a kiln. After that, the cup can be directly used to drink water.
The makers of ClayXYZ invite you to “turn any of your ideas into reality” You can design a vase, bowl and even a lampshade for your favorite lamp. Clay XYZ has already uploaded a huge range of 3D pottery designs to its website, so casual users will just have to download these, edit parameters like thickness and fill ratio in the slicing software, and send them to the Clay XYZ 3D printer for the object to be made. Plus, more experienced design-savvy users will be able to easily implement their own creations. Once the objects are 3D printed they can be glazed or decorated further with paint and other extras, before being fired in a kiln to finish the job.
Work together with your children to design artworks, to explore the world in a brand-new way. You can build your own pyramid, the Great Wall and even the Empire State Building!
Clay XYZ was founded in 2015 by a ceramics artist John Fray. He studied ceramics for 5 years and was eager to get as many people as possible involved in his passion. He found that access was limited for many due to the difficulty of the pottery process, and thus saw 3D printing technology as a ‘’magical tool’’ that could bring ceramic designs to life in a much more straightforward way. There were already machines that could 3D print with clay on the market, but the industrial ones were very expensive, and the desktop models were found to be lacking. The Clay XYZ is intended to be a fun to use 3D printer that will also produce accurate results with high quality material properties.
A very Early Bird pledge of $699 will get you the entire 3D printing system including 2 clay tubes and a toolkit. The regular early bird price is $749, and after these have gone the standard offering for the whole set will be $799. The extrusion device alone is available for $399, or $349 if you get your money in on time. Pledging $29 or more will also get you a nice gift box, with 5 beautiful vases demonstrating what’s possible with this machine. The Kickstarter for the Clay XYZ has already made over double its initial $10,000 goal, and will keep running until July 8. Delivery is expected in March of 2018.