Breaking the mould

© 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)

 

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DOWNLOAD: Rapaport magazine April 2018 Jewelry Connoisseur

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DOWNLOAD: Rapaport magazine April 2018 front cover

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