Economist Article – 3D Printers Start to Build Factories of the Future

A shoe sole 3D printed with Digital Light Synthesis (courtesy Reebok)

A few weeks ago the Economist ran a briefing on 3D printing and it’s effects on mass production, alongside an equally good leader article. While it is general in its nature, there are elements in the article about jewellery manufacturing.

Overall, the article both provides a current snapshot of the readily available state of the art in rapid manufacturing, as well as introducing to the general public how current trends in 3D printing are affecting the way commercial and industrial goods are manufactured. They’ve even mentioned in passing a commonly reiterated point about 3D printing’s particular strength in the area of small scale mass production versus using traditional mass production on short product runs.

I’m listing it here as a useful reference for those jewellery CAD/CAM users who may want somewhere to start when communicating to others what the fuss is about with 3D printing.

Economist Article – 3D Printers Start to Build Factories of the Future

i.materialise Article – 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing 3D Models for 3D Printing

i.materialise published an article in their blog not too long ago which I feel is too valuable a lesson for CAD modellers who are serious about 3D printing.

But, just like I normally do here, I don’t normally post these things without adding my own additional advice:

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Something Beautiful in Jewellery – Primal Crafts 3D Printed Nordic Tribal Jewellery

For this month’s Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I present the bold and elegant work of Primal Crafts.

Primal Crafts is the creation of Danish designer and one-man-show Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen from Copenhagen. With a taste for Nordic tribal tattoos and ancient weaponry, and a flair for Scandinavian modernist design, he has been producing some quite remarkable sculptural forms as 3D printed jewellery through Kristoffer’s store on i.materialise.

More after the break.

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3D Printing Industry Blog Article – Best Commercial 3D Printing Services and Online Model Marketplaces

Not too long ago, the 3D Printing Industry Blog released their own list of best choices for commercial 3D printing services where you can release your 3D jewellery CAD models for others to purchase and 3D print.

Right now, it does seem like we are seeing a bit of an uncertain time for the jewellery industry. Every retailer is shifting their attention increasingly online, and while nearly all of the major jewellery manufacturers have embraced CAD, how they’re choosing use technology in their interactions with customers is still very much undecided. Within this uncertainty rests how CAD and 3D printing to order will sit within either fashion or fine jewellery.
At the moment, 3D printing marketplaces have become a kind of digital equivalent of the craft market, with free-wheeling designers using the established platforms as a way of getting attention and money for their talents. Like the old fashioned equivalent, these online marketplaces seem to be helpful for newcomers to get more of a feel for their target audiences.

3D Printing Industry Blog Article – Best Commercial 3D Printing Sites

FormLabs Blog Article – Ultimate Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

The technicians at FormLabs have written a first rate article on painting and applying clear-coats to 3D printed models to turn them from prototypes into sellable parts.

FormLabs' Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

Clear-coated beetle designs courtesy FormLabs and Brian Chan

Considering just about every other area of product design makes use of paint jobs for finishing parts, it make sense there are likely CAD jewellery designers out there who would find this technique useful for their work.

FormLabs Blog – The Ultimate Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

Lockheed Martin Files Patent For Synthetic Diamond 3D Printer

According to a recent article from 3D Printing Industry, Lockheed Martin has just filed a patent for a synthetic diamond 3D printer. And predictably, social media’s imagination has run wild…

diamond-cow

One precious moo… Imagine creating anything you want as a 3D printed synthetic diamond.

In all seriousness, though, this has some potentially very interesting applications for both industry as well as jewellery design.

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3D Printing Industry – Lockheed Martin Patents Synthetic Diamond 3D Printer