People have always strived to be more attractive by wearing accessories and perhaps even to demonstrate a certain status with them. But additive manufacturing has also found its way into this very old industrial sector. Prototypes, moulds, or even finished collections are now produced on the 3D printer.
"3D printing has revolutionized the jewelry industry. 99 percent of our production now comes from 3D printing, and the quality of the products is now so high that you can justify a piece of jewelry made in this way as the basis for six-digit value stones," says Jacob Yoon, General Manager Golden Century Casting. A big advantage, for example, lies in a more cost-effective production and at the same time in an extreme acceleration of the work processes.
For jewelry designer Isaac Cohen, additive manufacturing has also changed the work he is so passionate about: "3D printing, with its possibilities, has brought this passion to a new level. The jewelry designer from Boca Raton, Florida, for example, uses a 3D CAD program to quickly produce pieces of jewelry designed as prototypes from plastic. This allows customers to try out different sizes. Marie Boltenstern has also discovered additive manufacturing for herself and produces her individual pieces and colored collections additively. The result are pieces of jewelry made of plastic as well as gold.
In addition to the economic advantages, additive manufacturing also offers numerous other advantages for jewelry designers: Unusual geometries and structures can be selected without having to take into account the limitations of traditional manufacturing processes. Furthermore, a wide variety of individual designs are possible: for example, the incorporation of an oscillogram of a sentence spoken by the user can be incorporated up to the adaptation of the shape to the anatomy of the wearer.
Numerous highly specialized processes have now been developed in the production of jewelry. This enables designers to have their elegant designs cast by service providers into moulds. For example, wax moulds are then 3D-printed by corresponding equipment, in which rings or cufflinks, to name a few, are created. And exceptionally special geometries made of precious metal are created when the laser melts gold powder in an industrial metal printer.
If you too would like to bring a little revolution into your production, we recommend that you visit Formnext, the leading trade fair for additive manufacturing and modern industrial production, from 10 – 13 November 2020 in Frankfurt am Main. Here you will find a wide variety of AM systems, the associated materials and upstream and downstream process steps as efficiently as possible in one place.
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