The design of a printed pot has to be worked out beforehand in every detail as the printer will do exactly as instructed. We have to use our knowledge of how clay behaves to make viable designs, rather than working partly by feel as we used to do. There are three stages to the technical design.
We use the Rhino 3D Computer Aided Design program to get the idea onto the computer screen. This stage is very precise as Rhino works to one hundredth of a millimeter. The photo shows the four different views of a shell vase design in Rhino.