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Art Meets Technology in Digital and Beautiful Ways

By using 3D printers to produce prototypes rather than conventional hand-made models, artisans are accelerating production, cutting costs, and enhancing flexibility.

People from all around the world have always admired Chinese porcelain for its distinct beauty, with the Southern Song Dynasty official kilns being particularly well-liked due to its grace. A ceramics manufacturing expert named Xiao Heqing used 3D printing to speed up the manufacture of porcelain from the official kilns of the Southern Song Dynasty while retaining conventional ceramic techniques.

The complicated new Southern Song Dynasty official kiln porcelain production process is altered by 3D printing in the initial stage, the creation of the molds. The quality of porcelain and the shape of porcelain molding are directly impacted by mold-making.

Making the master pattern and turning the mold are the two key procedures.

Traditional mold-making method

The master pattern and plaster casting technique serve as the foundation for the conventional mold-making process. The clay is cut and trimmed to create the master pattern, and then the plaster is poured into the clay mold to create the production mold.


  • Producing a complete master mold requires a lot of time because making clay molds is difficult and laborious.

  • The master mold will need to be revised and recreated because the clay mold is difficult to retain and is quickly destroyed. As a result, the maker must take additional care when rotating the mold or keeping it.

  • The creation of clay mold is more challenging for beginners and necessitates extensive industry knowledge.

3D printing mold-making method

The porcelain's shape is created using 3D design software, produced using a SHINING 3D AccuFab-L4K 3D printer to create the master mold, and then used to turn the actual mold.


  • Making the master mold with 3D printing and digital design is quicker and more effective.

  • Using design tools to create porcelain shapes promotes inventiveness and enables the presentation of more delicate elements.

  • The master mold is simple to save, allowing for seamless mold turning without the need for master mold revision and accelerating the process.

For more information on SHINING 3D solution, please contact your local Dynagraph representative.

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