Emerging Objects Utah Tea Set

Emerging Objects multi-material printing

Emerging Objects are a 3D design and printing company based in San Francisco. The company is lead by Ronald Rael, from the University of California Berkeley and Virginia San Fratello, from San José State University. They print in many different types of materials, making them a multi-material printing company. They describe their work as 3D printing solutions for environments, however, the work I find most interesting work is their object design and extraordinary multi-material printing experimentation in salt, sand, and tea. It grows 3D printing beyond the proof of concept stage into real commercial solutions.

Utah Tea Set – Printed Tea

This tea set (2015) is printed in the material it is made to serve ‘tea,’ with Emerging Objects calling it

‘characteristically self referential’

The form of the Utah teapot is one of the first digital files ever developed. The tea set is complete with cups and spoons, however they do not describe the print as usable.

Cool Brick – Printed Ceramics

Emerging Objects Cool Brick

Image by Emerging Objects

The cool brick is an evaporated cooling system which coverts warm air into cool air through evaporation. The brick was exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design in 2015. It is stackable and can be built by layering with mortar. The ceramic material is printed in a lattice style structure and porous to allow for it to hold water for cooling.

You can view my experiments with 3D ceramic printing here.

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Utah Tea Set by Emerging Objects

Cool Bricks by Emerging Objects


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