3D printed jewelry is not just a matter of technology. The newer cohorts of jewelry designers entering the industry have started becoming familiar and acquainted with 3D Designing Softwares and training on 3D printers, as opposed to the traditional ones.
With 3D printing, jewelry designers are able to produce designs that would be incredibly difficult to hand carve in the traditional manner. The traditional processes would have their own limitations in terms of design and time and ofcourse the cost. For a jewelry part to be made by the “ Karigar” or “ Babu” would involve a timeline of 7-10 days and some scope of tolerances still expected. But via the modern day “CAD-CAM” processes, the timelines are much reduced to barely 2-3 days and with much higher accuracy and no scope of re-work involved.
The production of jewellery is one industry that has embraced 3D Printing. 3D printing is now used to create the patterns for investment casting and to print jewellery directly.
The reduction of turnaround time and involvement of the customer in the designing process are two benefits that can be greatly achieved by the process of 3D Printing. A Jeweller and customer can discuss the design, and the customer can in no time hold and try on a physical piece of jewellery. 3D Printing in jewellery manufacturing also allows customization without any dependence on the required quantity.
The process from design to production is easier and faster via additive manufacturing, as compared to hand carving. The samples can be tailored based on the customer’s requirements, and after 3D printing, can be manufactured with lost-wax casting, thereby reducing the cost and time of making customized jewelry.
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