In certain circles ceramics have become the hobby de rigueur (some even call it a popular “pot habit“, if you may). While working with clay in itself is accessible, access to a large electric kiln to finalize the glaze is not. The Cerambot Eazao suggests a promising workaround, an additive 3D printer using clay and porcelain as its printing medium that allows the aid of a common household appliance to set and finalize the glaze.
Jony Liu, CEO of Cerambot, says the Eazao is designed to prioritize simplicity, with a fully-assembled design that doesn’t require a compressor, nor a traditional large size kiln for sintering/glazing. After designing a model in 3D modeling software, the Eazao begins its work using a syringe extruder. The performance of Eazao’s predecessor, the Cerambot, offers reference of what to expect.
The resulting clay piece can be further sanded/finished by hand then placed into a microwave using Cerambot’s own special kiln; 35 minutes at full power as the interior reaches temperatures required to harden the material to a finished and usable state, sort of like a Play-Doh meets an Easy Bake Oven for adults.
The microwave process does limit the printed designs to be fairly small proportions – think small drinking cups – but larger objects are possible minus the microwave (or with access to a traditional kiln).
Eazao is set to pre-launch with the offering of a limited early supporter price of $399 before doubling the price later for its official retail release, with plans to make early launch announcements via the Cerambot Eazao website.