Jewelry industry, although using ancient techniques, is turning to modern technologies such as computer jewelry design and 3D printing. This recent turning point has revolutionized the design and manufacture of jewelry for barely 20 years. We are moving from the thousand-year-old technique of hand sculpting wax, which takes a lot of time and does not allow us to make very complex pieces, to digital printing with a new adapted wax that allows speed and flexibility of use.
Thus professionals save time and money:
By making plastic prototypes from which they select the final jewel after presentation to the client.
By using a suitable and burnable wax, it is possible to print a model of jewelry which will be used to make a mold using the lost wax technique. This practice tends to develop strongly even among small craftsmen.
By directly producing the jewel in precious metal using 3D metal printers, starting directly from a digital file. But to date, this printer version is very expensive and therefore reserved for a few large companies.
A quality 3D printer makes it possible to obtain smooth surfaces. Therefore the resolution of the printer is essential because the jewels are small objects with a lot of details. Also smooth surfaces are essential to create molds for lost wax casting.
The 2nd essential machine is the 3D scanner which allows you to obtain detailed digital files of an existing jewel of which you want to capture all the details to better reproduce it later. Starting from this scanned jewel, it is possible to duplicate it or modify it on the computer to make variants. The scanner requires a very high resolution to capture very small and precise details.
On a personal level, everyone can have fun making fancy jewelry and plastic accessories by downloading inexpensive files from the net and then printing them on a simple desktop 3D printer.
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