Author: Babette Wiezorek

This summer ADDITIVE ADDCITED supports the project TON STEINE ERDEN (CLAY STONES EARTH) that takes place at Art Academy Berlin Weißensee and which is part of the greenlab. Currently, the greenlab deals with the manifold relations between Berlin and Brandenburg, in particular it concentrates on a region in the south-east called Oder-Spree. For a long time the natural resources of this region have been sand, wood, coal and clay – by using these natural resources, countless brickyards around Berlin produced construction materials for the flourishing capital. In view of promoting a sustainable building culture, the TON STEINE ERDEN project would like to once again emphasize those cultural and material resources and attempts to develop suitable and sustainable positions referring to the architectural structures that constitute a space: Ceramic and modular surfaces, tiles, bricks and building blocks of all kinds are under examination and are reconsidered in their manufacturing procedure and design.

“The project will give an introduction into working with ceramic materials and technologies from traditional and manual techniques to industrial ones, and it will deal intensively with the potentials of digital tools associated with design and manufacturing procedures of architectural ceramics. An important module in the project will be ceramic 3D-printing, its tool-free and additive procedure allows easily complex undercuts, coiled structures, and even the realisation of only one item becomes efficient with that technology.”
Prof. Barbara Schmidt

In that context, ADDITIVE ADDICTED is responsible for imparting the whole process of ceramic 3D-printing and we support the students in the planning and execution of their concepts. In May 2017 we began with an intensive workshop that inducted the students into ways of working with a ceramic 3D-printer: They learned more about the process itself and the characteristics of the semi-fluid ceramic paste. We’ve expanded on different strategies of generating data and have explored a wide range of examples to expose the potential as well as the limits of this technique. Further, we gave an well-founded introduction to the slicing-software Repetier Host. Repetier Host is not only the printer’s virtual desktop but it also provides different slicing tools which offer a basis to generate the Gcode and to control the printer’s settings. In the second part, the students started to print their own designs. By doing so, they experienced how they can adapt their digital CAD files according to material and technological properties and they realize that even the post-processing of slicing offers a wide range of creative possibilities. In the workshop we used a non-industrial clay that originally came from a forest in Brandenburg near the little village Sauen. To achieve a printable material, the clay was cleaned and processed in such a manner that it finally had the right properties and consistency. In the following weeks we will continue to support the project with our ceramic 3d-printing expertise. We will help to optimize the ceramic materials and we’ll give support to adapt designs to the restrictions of the printing process.

Authors: Babette Wiezorek & Dawei Yang

More information: http://additiveaddicted.de/

Last week we landed in nonwovens heaven, otherwise known as Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. Here all big technical textiles players gather from across Europe and beyond, to showcase their wares, make deals and negotiate. We couldn’t possibly miss this chance to finally meet the nonwoven manufacturers in person, who we have been corresponding with via email for months!

On arrival, the sheer amount of exhibitors was truly overwhelming. Techtextil is an enormous operation: happening only once every two years, in the meantime the company organise similar expos in Russia, North America and Asia. The hall with my name on, 3.1., dedicated to nonwoven manufacture, was only one of many, yet in itself a pulsating hotspot for commerce. The expo site is in itself almost a small city, continuously filled throughout the year with visitors and varying exhibitors from across the world.

The first day began well, resulting in productive talks about potentially having samples made with several new companies that I hadn’t previously been aware of. Friends of mine from the department of Textile and Surface Design at Weissensee art school in Berlin had won a prize for new textile building methods, announced at Techtextil17, so we had something else to celebrate!

Day two had higher aims, with more time to meet exhibitors and some important appointments with factory managers ahead. What proved very helpful was having exchanged emails with many companies in advance, I knew the names of the employees I was looking for, and could approach their colleagues and ask for them, which enabled me to optimize my time, and make a better impression. The main company we have been negotiating with for weeks were clearly in demand, as their booth was always full, and our appointment had to be arranged in advance. Perhaps a good sign, that they are a firm worth their salt! After the day was through, I left the fair feeling positive, that many manufacturers appeared willing to look into our requests and that possibilities are on offer to make nonwoven wool fabrics in Germany/EU. Let’s hope that this networking will result in a sustainable supply chain to produce our fabrics on a large scale in the near future.

Author: Yolanda Leask
More information: http://yolandaleask.com/about.html

Everything that is state-of-the-art technology can not be patented. That means that, as soon as technical innovation has been published, it cannot be legally protected anymore. ‹Shortcut – The Digital Prosthesis› was the outcome of a university project at weißensee academy of art berlin and was presented publicly afterwards. While this led to a quite a few press articles on the one hand, it also meant that patenting was no longer an option – at least in Germany. In the US there’s an important addition to the law: Within the first year (the so-called ‹grace-period›) you’re allowed to file a patent respectively. We decided to make use of this option and filed a US-patent with help of Zimmermann & Partner Berlin. This will hopefully allow us to prohibit copycats and give us a better standing for negotiations with potential partners or clients.

Initiators: David Kaltenbach, Maximilian Mahal, Lucas Rex
More Information: http://digital-prosthesis.de/

We’re proud to let you know that Team Shortcut (David Kaltenbach, Lucas Rex and Maximilian Mahal) has been granted a one year EXIST scholarship, starting in June. The financial support and additional Coaching mean that Shortcut will soon be started up as a company officially, which will be an important step towards realizing the ‹Digital Prosthesis›.
Big thanks to weißensee academy of art berlin, primarily to the internal and external coaches of DesignFarmBerlin for the great support! It allowed us to develop business strategies, build a new prototype and file a patent, just to name a few. The support of the Farm also played a key role in applying for EXIST. We’re very happy and are looking forward to the next year.

Initiators: David Kaltenbach, Maximilian Mahal, Lucas Rex
More information: http://digital-prosthesis.de/