Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a new technique in jewellery and watchmaking that offers true design flexibility compared to traditional manufacturing. Previously the only way to craft was to remove materials – limiting creativity – now, with Additive Manufacturing it’s added. This offers more designs choices such as mimicking nature, fine detailing and complicated structures to create striking pieces.
Your design begins as a CAD file, which is then converted into a cross-section – creating the necessary layers to build your design. Adding our Advanced Precious Metal powder, the piece is built in layers and fused with a high powered laser. Once each layer is completed, the build plate drops down to create the next layer and this process repeats until it’s completed. We remove the powder, hand polish and finish your item to your required standard.
Create fully articulated pieces as one, adding movement and flexibility to your design – without additional build time or assemblies. It is possible to create pieces that spin, bend or clip together easily. This movement is difficult if not impossible to achieve using casting or wax-resin printing.
With Additive Manufacturing, not only can stones or other objects be set like traditional jewellery, it is possible to insert them into the build – adding more possibilities for crafting your pieces.
The weight of your piece can affect it’s cost, especially when working with precious metals. Traditionally manufactured jewellery is typically higher cost due to the dense components. When using Additive Manufacturing, it’s possible to remove unnecessary materials by creating hollow structures inside your design – without affecting the overall beauty of the piece.
Adding multiple metals to your piece allows you to create eye-catching pieces. Our process allows for faster and easier multi-metal integration. We build the parts as one, making it faster to craft and create your piece.
We’ve made our bureau service as a way for all jewellers and watchmakers to explore what is possible with design. Offering a bespoke print service for your designs in any of our precious metals. Allowing you freedom from casting or moulding, our service is open anyone who works with CAD design and wants to print small or one-off pieces to create their own collection. Our team of experts are on hand to help you craft your idea, helping you optimise your designs for 3D printing.
Your collection can be built in as little as 24 hours. Our machines operate overnight and without operator supervision. We build multiple pieces together to reduce materials used as well as reducing time to completion.
We aim to provide you with everything you need to be able to produce your pieces, offering you:
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