Produce The Primary Model For Fine Jewelry Faster With 3D Printing

Produce The Primary Model For Fine Jewelry Faster With 3D Printing

In the process of modern jewelry creation-where time and cost of production are limited-the ability to see designs physically in three-dimensions is an important step in fine-tuning pieces before finalization. Whether for prototyping or investment casting, 3D printing can help reduce labor hours, cost and waste involved in designing and prototyping new jewelry concepts. 3D printing easily achieves outcomes that would be nearly impossible using traditional crafting methods.

In general, integrating 3D printing into a jewelry design workflow provides many benefits; however, many of these machines are still prohibitively expensive for most small businesses. 3D printing companies should improve affordability and support materials in order to both encourage wider adoption within the jewelry industry and also allow for more successful investment in 3D printing technology.

BACKGROUND

By profession, Victor Tsai is an assistant professor of design at the Shu Te University in Kaohsiung (Taiwan). He has been lecturing on 3D jewelry design for many years. He is a tech-savvy jewelry designer by nature, whose passion and efforts in the design and creation of jewelry is supported through the use of 3D printing technology.

He understands the various SLA & DLP printer technologies and is familiar with the various types of resins and ABS/PLA materials currently available. He has published three tutorial books on 3D jewelry design with RhinoGold 3D software. Since he was first exposed to and experimented with 3D printing in 2007, he has been inspired by what this new technology could achieve. He believes that as this technology will eventually be available to everyone as it becomes more widely used and implemented.

A 5-year apprenticeship is the typical amount of time currently required for learning the art and craft of jewelry design and production. For those hobbyists or entrepreneurs interested in creating personalized jewelry yet don‘t have this amount of time, 3D printing could help them get started faster. Victor Tsai

CastPro100 xP in action

CHALLENGES / NEEDS

Although Victor appreciates that 3D printing produces jewelry in a smaller timeframe with fewer errors compared to traditional methods, he is seeking a 3D printer that can improve print quality and user experience. In terms of quality, he hopes for smooth surfaces on prototypes without visible traces of printing layers. Printing traces on prototypes transfer to the metal replica, leaving visible marks and resulting in unnecessary time loss and material waste.

The prototype printed (left) shows traces of printed layers which will be duplicated to the primary model (right) through the casting process.

SOLUTIONS

Victor has recently selected the CastPro100 xP as the printer he will use to create the models and printed examples in his third tutorial book on 3D printing technology and design.

Based on DLP® technology, the CastPro100 xP comes with in-house materials that are created especially for high quality applications requiring meticulous detail. Besides providing high printing quality, it also provides users with an improved process experience, from design to finalization. CastPro100 xP’s software also automatically creates support structures for objects when prompted, saving time and ensuring that delicate designs aren‘t damaged during extraction and handling.

The support structure is automatically added to the 3D file. The piece of jewelry and the support structure are printed simultaneously, saving the user time from doing it manually.

RESULTS

CastPro100 xP delivers exceptionally good printing quality. It definitely provide an edge in prototyping a finer jewelry design.Victor Tsai

The result produced by the CastPro100 xP far exceeded Victor’s expectations. Not only were there no traces of printing layers, the support structures created for models were very thin and easy to remove, something which is impossible through the use of traditional handcrafting methods alone.

The CastPro100 xP also allowed Victor begin the printing process much faster using the automatically-created support structure function within the software. These structures can be easily removed without destroying the printed design structure and eliminated the need for additional finishing and post-processing tasks. The biggest surprise for Victor was the overall cost of ownership, which is very competitive compared to similar offerings in the industry. The CastPro100 xP is the ideal 3D printer for jewelry designers, as its relative affordability allows most jewelry designers to own and operate one.

The prototype printed with CastPro100 xP has a smooth surface without any traces of printed layers, eliminating efforts to sand away traces.
CastPro100 xP creates a thin support structure which can be easily removed, avoiding damage to the design structure during the removal process.

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