Care to print your very own gold bar? In fact, feel free to do it in any design you wish!
With a metal 3D printer, gold, silver and almost any kind of precious metal can be 3D printed into unique shapes and textures!
Take a look at some fine examples at our Valentine’s Day page where you will find beautiful pieces of 3d printed jewellery!
One of the more complex and expensive of the 3D printing technologies available today, metal 3D printing takes many different forms, much like its polymer counterparts.
There’s Direct Metal Printing or Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), which makes use of selective lasers to sinter metal particles to create horizontal layers of metal parts. Almost any type of metal alloy that can be atomised into powdered form can be 3D printed this way. (Editor’s note: In sintering, metal powders are heated to the point of melting before it liquefies.)
Selective Laser Melting (SLM), takes this process further by not just sintering the metal powders, but to melt and fuse them together, creating a stronger structure. However, this process cannot be utilised for all metals, only for a select few like stainless steel, titanium and aluminium.
Recently at CES 2017, a new optimisation module software for 3D printing metal called Agile Metal Technology or AMT was introduced. This will allow users to generate and validate their metal print jobs for the greatest productivity. Find out more in this video by Sculpteo here.
A popular application for metal printers is the printing of jewellery and accessories in precious metals like gold and silver. Technology has improved to the point where the grade and quality of the metals can also be customisable; almost like traditional jewellery you can find in the market today.
With 3D printing, many different designs and shapes previously thought to be impossible to manufacture with traditional jewellery casting techniques are now possible! The Precious Project, led by designer Lionel T Dean is a terrific example of how digital manufacturing is changing the landscape. The project focused on creating 18-carat gold masterpieces using 3D printers, as well as interactive pieces like the Heart Beat for innovative works of art made from pure imagination.
What do you think? Interested to create your very own unique jewellery? 3D print it with Ginkgo3D today! Just contact us at [email protected] and talk to one of our consultants!