Just when you think technology has gone as far as it can, something new arrives. Enter 3D printing technology. It’s capabilities and potential uses seems to grow daily.
Invented by Chuck Hull, 3D printing has a history that goes back a few decades. In recent years, 3D printing has sparked growing interest.
Transforming Jewelry Making
Applications of the technology are appearing in science and product manufacturing. In the jewelry industry, this means a revolutionary method to designing and creating pieces.
Some printers use scanning technology to create objects. Other printers interface with 3D design software. A jewelry designer creates a piece using software or scanning. The printers use a variety of printing materials. For instance, resin, plastic, and powdered metals.
Skeptical about fine metal 3D printing? Skraep is doing just that. Using a crumpled piece of paper for inspiration, Skraep is manufacturing jewelry. Their pieces are created in yellow gold, bright gold, and white gold.
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3D printers are readily available. The capabilities, features, and prices range from home use to industrial. As with most technologies, 3D printers and supplies are certain to become more affordable. They will most likely become common appliances in the home.
Most printers use plastics (found on spools), resins, ceramics, and powder metals to print. The uses are only limited by the creative imaginations of designers. Technological develops are always on the horizon. Researchers are currently developing metal ink for 3D printers.
Some printers can create simulated gemstones and metal pieces. Natural gems, such as diamonds, can not be created using 3D technology.
Research before purchasing a 3D printer for home or small business use. Smaller printers are evolving and need refinement to become user-friendly. Also consider your goals and uses for a 3D printer. For me, I would use it to develop and manufacture jewelry pieces with a fine metal powder. These objects will need specific features and printing capabilities, resources, and materials. Research always answers questions and helps to make a better purchasing decision.
Jewelry created with 3D printers reaches amazing dimensions. The pieces have angles, curves, and geometry that normally requires hours of handwork to make. The jewelry is beautiful and sweeping.
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With maturity, 3D printing technology will become flexible and purposeful to average consumers. For jewelry designers, 3D printing can open areas of design and production.
The creative potential of the technology offers exciting opportunities.