3D Printing Salt │ 2014
How could we make a solid material from grains of salt and have control over its shape?
During my minor at ArTechLab (a cross-discipline research lab), I started investigating the idea to 3D print with salt. Salt is a compound with many interesting properties. One of those properties is its ability to be continuously reused. My curiosity towards this matter led me to research how I could use its characteristics to create a solid material out of grains of salt and develop a technique to control its shape. After conducting research into the specific physical and chemical properties of salt and different 3D printing techniques, I succeeded at building a salt paste 3D printer. With this printer, I am aiming to print complex soluble molds for ceramics, plastic, metals, and other materials.
In order to accelerate and deepen this study, I collaborated with Akzo Nobel (industrial expert in salt solutions) to support me with physical and informational resources.