The LUTUM® 3D clay printer is the most versatile digital sculpting tool for ceramists.
The LUTUM® mini was Launched in september 2015. It has a build volume of 45x45x45cm. and comes in three flavours; mini, dual and MXL. It is designed for potters and used as the wet clay 3Dprinter of choice. We, from VormVrij® (pronounce VormVrye, meaning shape free), are proud to deliver our products to clients around the world! [...]
Visit our Online LUTUM® STORE or send us a quote request by email. We also build to specifications and supply separate clay extruders to use on robot arms ore other 3dprinters. Prices for full systems start at €4500. Single extruders are sold from €795.Go shop!
Interested in getting a 3D printed Sculpture of yourself, family or friends? Check the possibilities at our first spinoff company:
We also print to order. Check possibilities at our 3D hubs store or contact us directly by email. To print anything we will need 3D files. If necessary we can also design to specifications for you.
Assembled by hand and crafted with love
Using a 3dprinter for production is not our first objective, unless the shape can’t be created otherwise. We prefer printing a different design each time as this is the strength of the machine. Or printing a small copy of larger work. A series of tableware in one print-assignment etc. Should you be interested in printing castable shapes, a welcoming consequence is the fact you no longer need a warehouse full of casts.
Filters, heating elements, speakers and other fine mazed internal structures are interesting to 3dprint. Even certain gyroids can be printed. Architects can use the 3d printer for new building elements or to insert glaze beforehand. Once fired stoneware can withstand 1250 degrees celcius or when fired low pottery can absorb scent very well. When used as scaffolding it can be scraped out when the clay is leather hard and re-used by adding water.
Create delicate ceramic Jewelry
Using the small nozzles you can create intricate rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings but also beads in all sizes and shapes. As the objects are small you can make them in different sizes in one print assignment. Keep in mind that even stoneware which sinters when fired at 1250 degrees celcius will break when handled carelessly. There are clays available which after firing result in bronze, copper, metal, silver and even gold!
Print and Sculpt
Once the printer has finished the clay is still wet. This allows for final touches by hand. After 3d scanning a person or object you can print a copy or change the scan on the computer. The print will have the right measurements and only needs a human touch to “wake up”. Once it is dry enough you can take out the scaffolding and let it dry completely. A perfect combination of craft and technique.
print and sculpt
3d printing gives you a fast feedback on your new designs. Depending on the object you can even hold it gently right after printing to decide whether you want to make some changes before the final design. When printing in assignment you can show the client several fired ideas and continue with the chosen version. Architectural models can be made for stonelike structures and old heritage like cathedrals can be restored.
The clay we print with is paste like, therefore it is also possible to print with various food pastes. Some prints you may want to heat up or cool down before serving but most pastes are ready to eat. Think about a kids party where every child gets a muffin with their face and name on it. Or a desert being served in a cup you can eat. Even people who can only eat soft food could enjoy a festive meal on a special occasion.
Mass produce small pieces
Shells and other maritime shapes have always been intriguing. With a 3d printer you can make similar inner structures which will not only make the design appealing but strong as well. Printing them in different sizes will give you a wide range of beads or building elements. Print them in multiple kinds of clay or with various glazes and you can create from jewelry to pieces of furniture.
Retail ready Output
A finished clay print needs to dry and get fired. Glaze can be used traditionally or added beforehand. After the final firing, unlike many plastic prints which often remain prototypes or gadgets, a ceramic object is ready to pack and put on display. In case of transport by mail please add enough soft filling in a strong box or crate depending on the size and add plenty of fragile stickers on all sides as ceramics can break.
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Super cool and large prints from one of our French clients! Huge lampshades printed on our LUTUM 2 As you can see the printproces is two folded with the use of […]
Marlieke WijnakkerCEO | General Manager
Graduated from the Dutch Design Academy in 1999 she now researches various clay mixes for printing and experiments with new pastes. Responsible for LUTUM® test printing and implementing new concepts on ceramics.
Yao vd HeerikCEO | Head Developer
Yao graduated from the Dutch Design Academy in 1998. Entrepeneurship is essential for his creative process resulting into layered manufacture with clay. In 2014 VormVrij® | 3D was established and the 3D clay print technique developed was commercialized in a Prototype Printer with the name LUTUM®.
HarryPart time assembly and construction
Harry is an international Loafer by trade, but when arriving at VormVrij® he makes sure we stay within deadlines!
Our youngest, and only available when she wants to learn new and exciting things!
Geertje was our intern from October 2015 until July 2016 and focussed on clay and ceramics. She is now a 3D clay print master.
Ivo was our intern from February 2016 up to July 2016, responsible for assembly and construction of LUTUM® components.
What we do
A message from our manager
The LUTUM® 3d clay printer was not conceived for commercial production. It was developed as a solution for us to print with clay. A clean and friendly material. We have no background in ceramics, nor did we know about 3d printing. But through persistent research into the various challenges we encountered we were able to design a reliable and easy to use machine. While our initial aim was not the sale of our printer we realized we would never have enough time to utilize the endless possibilities and decided to offer it to ceramists. As a result we now serve potters, universities and research centers around the world!