In certain circles, ceramics has become a hobby de rigueur (some even call it a popular “pot habit,” if you will). While working with clay is accessible in and of itself, access to a large electric furnace for finishing the glaze is not possible. The Cerambot Eazao suggests a promising workaround, an additive 3D printer that uses clay and porcelain as the printing medium and, with the help of a traditional household appliance, can set and finish the glaze.
Jony Liu, CEO of Cerambot, says the Eazao is designed to give priority to simplicity. The fully assembled design does not require a compressor or a conventional large furnace for sintering / glazing. After designing a model in 3D modeling software, the Eazao begins its work with a syringe extruder. The performance of Eazao’s predecessor, the Cerambot, offers an indication of what to expect.
The resulting piece of clay can be further ground / finished by hand and then placed in a microwave using Cerambot’s own special oven. 35 minutes at full power when the interior reaches the temperatures required to bring the material to a finished and usable state, much like a Play-Doh meets an easy bake for adults.
The microwave process limits the printed designs to relatively small proportions – think small drinking cups – but larger objects are possible without the microwave (or with access to a traditional oven).
Eazao is expected to go on sale with a limited price for early backers of $ 399 before launch, before doubling the price for official retail release later. It is planned to make early launch announcements through the Cerambot Eazao website.