Late 2015 Dagny Thurmann-Moe asked if I could help her with 3d-design and the subsequent 3d printing of some ideas she had for a tea set and some dinnerware. She had already been in contact with Andreas Engesvik, who is an established designer in Norway, to make the general form and 2d design she wanted.

Sketches 0I recieved handdrawn sketches of the different objects and immediately got to work on the 3d models. Apart from the spout and handles on the kettle and cup, everything was pretty symmetrical and fairly easy to model in 3d. All you have to do is to trace a spline over the sketch and then apply some kind of revolve, or lathe to generate the 3d model. The eight indents/notches were added afterwards by scaling selected vertexes in the 3d mesh.

Dinnerware Render 00_KOnce I was done with the basic 3d modeling I rendered some images for Dagny to review. 

Dinnerware Render 2A couple of adjustments were made to the spout and handles before I went on with the 3d printing process.

Changes 1I had to figure out the most practical way of how to physically print the objects. I always try to avoid support material, but I ended up using a lot of this on the plate and saucer… Support material has to be painstakingly removed afterwards, and it could leave ugly marks and even ruin the print.

Support Material 2Based on the design changes I decided to model the spout and handle as separate elements, secured in place with a couple of small pins within the model. This worked out great from a visual perspective, but when handling and holding everything would have to be glued once the design was locked.

Spout and Dishes 2All objects were printed on a MakerBot Replicator and an Ultimaker 2 using 0,4 mm nozzles. Layer height was set to 0,15 mm and 0,2 mm with speeds around 50 mm/s. Printing time for the kettle body was 16 hours, and total printing time about 55 hours for all the parts.

Kettle Cover 2Now, almost two years later, Dagny has finally released her dinnerware together with Magnor Glassverk and it looks amazing!