Introducing the 3D printed gingerbread stave church!
YOUTUBE VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6eZp_2E8tY
This project has been driven by a single idea – to additively fabricate a gingerbread house, or stave church in this case. Gingerbread houses are usually made as flats, then cooked and finally assembled. The real challenge for me was to make a dough that hold itself upright, which normal gingerbread dough doesn't do very well. To achieve this i have been working at formulating a custom dough (which is still subject to change), as well as modifying the printer to print liquid-based materials with a heated nozzle.
The printer i have been using is a WASP 2040 delta with a modified clay extruder, which they sell as the LDM extruder (Liquid Deposition Modeling). The printer's extrusion process is two-fold – a large cylindrical tank with liquid material is pressed to the extruder with 4.5 bar pressure. Then the material is feeded through the nozzle with a mechanical screw.
In order for the dough to dry quickly, I have modified the nozzle with a heater block, which heats the dough to 85 degrees C.
For this project i have been printing with a modified WASP 2040 delta printer in LDM mode. Gingerbread dough is a challenging material to print with, and for this occasion I have modified the extruder with a heater block, which provides 85degrees C to the nozzle.
Cinnamon 2 tbs
Cloves 1 tbs
Ginger 2 tbs
Flour (type 0) 600g
30g Sunflower oil
Icing the house