In this lesson we will discuss the operations that form our ceramic materials into a recognizable shape or product. You will note that we have divided the subject into Traditional and Non-Traditional Forming Processes. This is a somewhat arbitrary division, since some of the processes we have called non-traditional have been in use
for decades and are considered to be quite conventional to the industries using them. On the other hand, we have put isostatic pressing in the traditional category, even though it is a technique that has been widely used for only the past half century. Compared to the “original” traditional processes of pressing, plastic forming, or slip casting, which have been around for centuries or millennia, isostatic pressing is a very new process.