3D Printing for Jewellery

The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair was held last week, from 20th – 24th February 2019, at Impact Challenger Halls 1-3. The exhibition theme “Thailand’s Magic Hands” highlights Thailand’s cultural heritage and the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai artisans.

At the event, there were over 800 leading Thai and international manufacturers, exhibitors and exporters to display over 1,800 booths covering all types of products.

The exhibition allows the visitors to enjoy some of the special exhibits such as:

  • The New Faces” – showcasing jewelry products from SMEs manufacturers and designers nationwide
  • The Niche Showcase” – featuring 5 products groups:
    • High Jewelry – jewelry associated with royals
    • Heritage & Craftsmanship – jewelry representing arts and culture
    • Spiritual Power – jewelry of belief and opulence
    • Luxe Men – jewelry for men
    • Beyond Jewelry – other lifestyle products with an emphasis on gems and jewelry materials.
  • The Jewellers” and “Innovation and Design Zone” – featuring innovative products from designers.
  • Thai Goldsmiths Association – Showcasing live demonstrations of gems and jewelry making ranging from wax carving, gems and jewelry engraving, enamel, fancy polishing and jewelry finishing.

This year is the 2nd time ECS Thailand together with 3D Systems participated in the 63rd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair to showcasing ProJet MJP 2500W Wax 3D Printer and FabPro 1000.

The VisiJet® M2 CAST 100% wax material melts like standard casting waxes, with negligible ash content in casting. This material is durable for handling and casting fine features, and the high contrast purple color allows for better detail visualization.

FabPro JewelCast GRN is the green material that is designed to create small, fine-featured jewelry master patterns for gypsum investment casting applications. Pair it with the precise, user-friendly FabPro 1000 to quickly and easily create high-quality show and casting masters.

3D printing is becoming the game-changer for the jewellery industry. It produces casting patterns faster and more efficiently. Traditional jewellery design is a multistage and meticulous process.

Traditional design begins with the designer sketching the design, some of them will model it out in CAD software. Otherwise, once the sketch is approved, it is carved out of wax and re-inspected before casting. If the wax mould is not close to the original sketch or fails the expectations, it has to redo the whole process. This process takes up a large amount of time and typically spans around two to three weeks.

Below is the traditional casting process for jewellery:

Now with the help of 3D printers, you can reduce the time spent to create the casting patterns by 90%; this allows you to have a faster turnover cycle of new seasonal designs and deliver to market faster. Besides reducing the time, you can also reduce the cost of casting patterns by 92%.

Watch the video to learn how the process of 3D printing for Jewellery:

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