(3-D CAM) Printing
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Our computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) facility offers state-of-the-art three-dimensional (3-D) printing to produce jewellery models with detailed, intricate features for manufacture. These casting models are printed using computer-aided designs (CAD).
The high precision and speed of 3-D printing means a commissioned jewellery item or a large batch can be 3-D printed with accuracy and repetition.
We offer both CAD and CAM services as part of our digital jewellery manufacture facility.
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What is 3-D jewellery printing?
A wax model of a jewellery item is 3-D printed in order to make a mould before casting into metal. Our high-resolution 3-D printer produces such models from a CAD file which is then cast.
What is the difference between CAD and CAM?
CAD (computer-aided design) is the creation of a design using specialised software on a computer. The design is then used by a computer-aided machine (CAM) such as a 3-D printer to create a casting model.
Is 3-D printing better than traditional wax casting?
3-D printing takes less time, is more cost-effective, and of a higher quality than handcrafted wax models.
What do I need to provide for 3-D printing?
A 3-D CAD file in stereolithography (STL) format is required to 3-D print a jewellery casting model. We offer 3-D CAD services as part of our full-service jewellery manufacturing facility.
What are the 3-D printed casting models made of?
Our printer uses a specialised wax material which melts like standard casting waxes, with negligible ash content in casting. The material is durable for handling and casting fine features, and the high contrast purple color allows for better detail visualisation.
How much does 3-D printing cost?
The cost depends entirely on the cubic millimetres of the jewellery project. This is determined using the CAD software. You will receive a quotation for approval before work commences.
How long does it take to complete a 3-D print run?
The time it will take depends entirely on the scope of the jewellery project. You will receive an estimated completion date with your quotation.
COMPLEX DESIGN CREATION
3-D printing allows more complex designs to be created than are possible by hand manufacturing. Complex geometries and design details such as delicate filigrees, raised text, and detailed stone settings, as well as abstract shapes or interlocking structures can be created with incredible sharpness.
Digital manufacturing not only makes jewellery easier to customise, but also simpler to mass produce. Digital designs are capable of being reproduced to the same standard each time.
QUICK AND COST-EFFECTIVE
3-D printing means reduced lead times and cost compared to traditional model making techniques. There is also less finishing work for the unfinished cast parts because the surface finish is smooth. 3-D printing also allows multiple designs to be produced in a single print. This means it is cheaper to produce low production volumes.
HIGH QUALITY AND PRECISION
3-D printing ensures durable, repeatable, high-quality ready-to-cast jewellery casting models are produced with exact, sharp edges and crisp details. The material ensures a clean burnout leaving behind a clean mould ready for casting. The smooth surface and sidewall quality mean less expensive handwork to produce the final jewellery piece.