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Technology is clearly the future. 3D printing is becoming more and more accessible and is helping many sectors advance. Prototypes, models and spare parts for machines in 3D are already a reality, but technology is also advancing in the creative industries. For instance, 3D jewellery is closer than you might think. Read all about the benefits and drawbacks of this technology in the jewellery industry.
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So 3D jewellery is certainly not out of the question. Actually, the artistic and creative sector already benefits from the technology in the production of, for example, pottery, lamp housings and watch cases.
Jewellers are already using innovative equipment or technology to craft custom-made diamond rings of the highest possible quality. A first step towards 3D-printed jewellery?
- Print using different materials in all possible shapes
- Prototypes are less costly
- Less material wastes
- Your jewellery is custom-made to perfection
- The jewellery is completely symmetrical
Sadly, there are also some drawbacks:
- Printing is quite slow
- Certain printing materials are expensive
- Your jeweller needs to be highly skilled to craft the perfect piece
It is still a pricey investment for the jeweller, which can amount to 100,000 euros. The costs of purchasing printing materials, such as wax, and 3D printer maintenance should also not be underestimated.
The design options should be thought through carefully, as technology will never be able to replace the creative process of the designers. The craftsmen should of course also be familiar with the 3D software and printers or be trained.
Unique designs, such as reversible necklaces, hollow bracelets or modular jewellery, are also within reach thanks to revolutionary 3D technology.