While 3D printing is integral to Coded Clay, it is only one step in the long process that it takes to craft each piece individually for you. In fact, there are numerous steps from design to fabrication to finishing. While we won’t bore you with every step we would like to highlight some of the unique aspects of our process. We hope this helps you better understand the time, care, and effort we put into crafting each piece.
Step 1: Design
We always begin with hand sketches, which are then modeled in a parametric design program that allows us to quickly test multiple designs options. Once we settle on a final form, we use custom scripts to design the intricate movements of the machine (hence our name, Coded Clay) and thus create our unique surface textures.
Step 2: Fabrication
Each piece is 3D printed individually on 3D printers that we have custom built. While the fabrication process is pretty mesmerizing when seen sped up (such as the timelapse off to the side), the actual fabrication process is fairly slow.
Step 3: Firing + Finishing
Once printed, each piece must dry for several days. When dry, it is fired in a kiln twice - once after it initially dries and once again after it is glazed. Glazing is another critical part of the process and one that is done entirely by hand.