The CLC-System printing process enables the quick transfer of images or texts on mineral surfaces such as ceramics, glass, stone or enamelled metal. After firing at temperatures between 800°C and 1050°C the printed image is bound to the materials and becomes abrasion- and UV-resistant. A test conducted by the Engineering Institute of Geneva (EIG) on the abrasion resistance has proved conclusive.
The research conducted in the CERCCO provides designers, ceramists, artists, architects with a database enabling them, among others, to realise prototypes of great quality, to realise limited series or to apply the technology to projects of unique pieces. Since 2001 a great number of projects have been realised in the fields of art, design and architecture, see the attached pdf. for examples of these realisations.
The aim of this feasability study is the diversification of the surface-treatment and its possibilities in the field of ceramics, watch-making, jewellery and of art and/or design object edition.
The interest of iconographic decor manifests itself in actual tendencies. As a consequence, the project plans to combine the CLCS impression technique (Ceramic Laser Copy System), the PVD deposition (physical vapour deposition), as well as a selection of masking techniques (photo-resist, gravure/ablation laser), in order to obtain motifs with fineness and delicacy in details comparable to photography and producible in a limited edition.
The tested surfaces will be ceramic-type minerals, glass, enamelled metal, sapphire, ruby; with metallic additions. The treated surface will be permanently fixed by firing.
Project registered together with Pr. Dr. Eric Rosset, HEPIA-Geneva, Institut inSTI, conception mechanics & micro technique
Research team HEAD-Geneva : Magdalena Gerber, project manager, Marco Boraccino, designer-watchmaker, Chloé Peytermann, Designer HES in ceramics, Adrien Rumeau, Designer HES in ceramics
Financed by research fund of the HES-SO