Modern jewelry design can greatly benefit from advances in 3D printing technology. 3D printing can help you reduce material costs, iterate on your jewelry designs more quickly, and assess more accurate models to ultimately make more better pieces.
The two main ways we recommend jewelery designers leverage 3D printing technology are:
Read on for an overview of the basic principles for each low-volume production method to help you improve your jewelry design process.
3D printing can be used in the first phases of jewelry design to iterate on the overall form of the piece. We recommend designers start out with cheaper, lower-resolution plastics like PLA to begin with and as you finalize your designs, move toward higher-resolution materials such as VeroWhite to assess finer details of the design.
Once you’ve finalized the form of the design, you can you use 3D printing to create a plastic mold for casting precious metals.
The pattern can be printed in any plastic material that can be ‘burnt out’ of the mold leaving no residue and with a very good surface finish; generally we recommend usingjeweler’s wax.
A casting house can help guide you through the details of casting patterns, but here are a few design tips to help you create excellent molds:
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