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T A V S . J Ø R G E N S E N
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"My research is located in the wider context of post-industrial production focused on exploring how digital design and manufacturing tools can be used as the foundation for new models of creative practice in a borderline area between craft, design and digital production. Within this field I have a number of specific project under continual development. One of the central projects over recent years has been the investigation of emerging gestural computer interfaces and the possibility of using these to facilitate a visual evidence of the ‘hand of the maker' in the aesthetics of artefacts designed and produced via digital tools."

Tavs Jørgensen initially trained as a craft potter in his native Denmark. He went onto study 3D Ceramic Design at Cardiff Institute and following his graduation in 1995 he established his own ceramic design consultancy, working for a number of international tableware companies.

In 2005 he was appointed permanent research fellow at the Autonomatic Research Group, University College Falmouth, and since then his practice has been predominately focused on research - in particular investigating how new models of design practice can be developed on the basis of new technology tools. In this research he has explored also how new computer interfaces can facilitate more personal and expressive aesthetics in the artefacts created via digital fabrication tools. He still maintains an active creative practice and his work is regularly featured in national and international exhibitions. Jørgensen is a regular visiting tutor on the Ceramic and Glass course at the RCA and also a guest lecturer at numerous international universities and colleges.

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Reconfigurable Pin Tooling
Over the last couple of years I have been exploring a novel moulding method called ‘Reconfigurable Pin Tooling’. The concept which is also described as ‘Universal Tooling’ is broadly the same principle as the one used for the popular 1980’s Pin Screen toy, which consists of a set of perforated screens in which an array of nails is inserted, enabling impression of hands, face and objects to be made. However, the history of this concept dates back much further. The principle has been explored for at least 150 years as a reconfigurable mounding apparatus capable of producing an infinite variety of shapes.

But despite many attempts by inventors and engineers over the years the technical challenges associated with the concept have never been fully resolved and a real ‘killer application’ has so far eluded the inventors. In many ways it has remained the ultimate but also unobtainable tooling concept.

However, digital technology has in recent years provided increased access to tools which enable new applications and creative approaches to explored with this production concept.

The pieces from the creative investigation of this method of making was first shown in the CRAFT CODE - 011 exhibitions at the Wills lane Gallery in St Ives in September 2011. Another piece form the exploration was exhibited at Chipstone Faundation’s “Tool in Hand” exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Gallery in winter 2011/2012, and work from the project will also be featured the 2012 Collect show at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

Glass investment casting with 3D printed moulds
This research project was initiated in 2010 by senior lecturer Gayle Matthias and research fellow Tavs Jorgensen with an aim to develop method that enable the creations glass moulds directly from three-dimensional computer data without the need for a physical mould pattern.

The concept is based on Additive Manufacture (AM) - a technology that is also commonly known as ‘Rapid Prototyping’ or ‘3D printing’.
The three-dimensional data used in the process can originate from a number of sources including: computer aided design files (CAD), scanned surface data, or CT scan data.

The concept which has been developed is based on method where parts of the mould is printed on a 3D printer, parts which is then surface treated to create a refractory moulds that has structural integrity to withstand temperature needed for investment casting with glass and metal alloys. This moulding method enables a standard Z corp 3D printer to be used as a rapid manufacturing unit without the need for any retro fit or specialist building medium.

See Tavs Jorgensen on "The Minds of Makers" video on YouTube . . . here

Visit Tavs Jørgensen http://www.tavsjorgensen.co.uk

for information please email:
Steve Mattison, International Ceramics Studio

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