FA17 3D Ceramic Printing Master Class with Bryan Czibesz

Bryan Czibesz, Associate Professor of Ceramics at SUNY New Paltz, will lead a hands-on workshop and “build-out” on Ceramic 3D Printing for Harvard and MIT students at the Ceramics Program. A 3D printer will be constructed during his visit that can be accessed by students after the workshop for research purposes. Czibesz is an artist grounded in the tradition of object making who asks questions of authorship and authenticity through varying degrees of engagement and dislocation between the hand and material manipulation.  Read more about Bryan here.

The workshop will be held at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard at 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA 02134.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE OVERVIEW (subject to change – participants will be updated with any changes prior to the event)

Saturday, September 30, 2017  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Intro presentation and discussion: Organization of tools and materials; Robots, 3D printing, extrusion based ceramic 3D printing community; Digital files appropriate for printing (this is short and can be repeated for multiple classes)
  • Overview of parts and materials, machine design
  • Assemble machine (crowd sourced)
  • Lunch
  • Finish hardware construction, talk about customization
  • Finish electrical and electronics
  • Load firmware and test machine

Sunday, October 1,  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Finish, test, and/or adjust machine based on machine; troubleshoot as necessary
  • Presentation, demo, and discussion: 3D models, how to generate and process them (stereophotogrammetry, Rhino, Blender, MeshMixer, other software), gcode and extrusion printing parameters (Slic3r)
  • Demo and discussion on clay preparation
  • Set up test prints and work on 3D models
  • Lunch
  • More design, printing, and manipulation of printed parts
  • Discussion of Student led projects

Students enrolled in this class who are not taking a full length Fall term class at the SAA will not have SAA ceramics studio access.

Bryan Czibesz 3D Printing Ceramics Workshop. Image courtesy of the artist.

Bryan Czibesz 3D Printing Ceramics Workshop. Image courtesy of the artist.




  • September 30, 2017
    9:00 am