© Written by Rachael Taylor for Rapaport
The use of 3D printing has revolutionised jewellery design, making impossibly complex shapes as simple as the push of a button (well, that and hours of going cross-eyed in front of a CAD program).
This technology is moving forward again. Not only can jewellers print moulds for casting, they can now print directly in gold, silver and platinum by using precious-metal powders that solidify and build up layer by layer.
Fans have praised the productivity boost it enables, and heralded the end of waste and mess — though pieces still need to be finished by hand. Detractors, however, have declared it too expensive, with some choosing instead to add precious flourishes to 3D-printed nylon designs.
This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of Rapaport magazine. Continue reading to see layouts and download a full-sized PDF of the feature and front cover. (Main image: Boltenstern)
DOWNLOAD: Rapaport magazine April 2018 front cover