Moldmaking

Moldmaking

Digital manufacture in moldmaking processes aka Don’t be afraid of machines

Time: Part 1: 12.-13.11. Part 2: 19.-20.11.2022

Place: C Sundts gate 55, Bergen

Participants: 6

Digital manufacture can increase efficiency, help scale up projects, and add precision and detail without losing the handcraft from artworks.This workshop will focus on efficiently implementing digital manufacturing techniques into the traditional moldmaking processes. From showing the most user-friendly software and machines to use, to addressing specific methods for improving one’s results, we will focus on using computer controlled machines as intuitively as possible.

We will take a practical approach to applying traditional moldmaking techniques to digitally manufactured models through hands-on experiences and technical discussions. Class is aimed for professional artists to give them opportunity to explore their own ideas in different casting techniques and organically integrate new materials into their already existing art practice. Because moldmaking often requires extended hardening times, the workshop will take place over 2 weekends (2 days per week for 4 hours).

Part 1 – Introduction to the basic moldmaking and digital manufacture processes. We will be covering mostly 3D printing and preparing model for silicone casting. Participants will create a 3D printed object, which will be molded and cast in concrete, jezmonite and/or glass. They will make a silicone mold, wax model, and learn how to use plaster. They will be encouraged to explore how to use these processes in their own work.

 

Part 2 – Participants will explore possibilities of incorporating newly acquired knowledge into their own art practise. Whether it is creating new tools to simplify their workflow, or creating models for bigger projects, or designing final artworks. We will discuss and focus on the best option for each individual participant.

The targets of the workshop are all the professional artists in Norway interested in expanding their practice into moldmaking and digital manufacture. Interpreting ideas through the correct deciding of type of manufacture, material or settings. Whether it is lost PLA casting from a 3D printed model, or creating a simple jig to help with moldmaking, or laser cut mold for aluminium casting. We will focus on material based artists who can benefit from new impulses in their practice and want to experiment with casting and moldmaking. The workshop can accomodate 6 participants.

 

I work as a glass artist and a freelancer simultaneously, and this often requires finding the right manufacturing process for both my clients and myself and requires me to consider the factors outside my own work when exploring how to apply these techniques. Therefore I extensively use 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling and experimental techniques with axidraw in my works. I will explain the limitations and advantages of machine use in contemporary art practise and how to implement them while challenging the perceived unapproachability of these digital manufacturing processes. Throughout I will keep the conceptual approach to art as a main focus.