Materials


3D-printing offers a diverse array of materials for jewelry design.

 

Cast metals

The cast metals are first 3D-printed in wax with a high resolution printer using my design file. A plaster mold is then poured around the wax and the plaster is allowed to set. The wax is melted away, the plaster form is filled with molten metal and the metal is allowed to harden (lost wax casting). After being released from the mold, the metal piece can be polished to a shiny gloss or left unpolished. The photo below shows examples of polished silver, polished bronze and polished brass.

If you would prefer that your jewelry be printed in solid platinum, 14K gold, 14K rose gold, 14K white gold, 18K gold, 14K gold-plated brass, 18K gold-plated brass, 14K rose gold-plated brass or rhodium-plated brass, please contact me for a nonbinding quote.

 

Steel

In contrast to the cast metals, steel is created by 3D-printing a liquid binder onto a bed of steel powder. The resulting print is infused with bronze and baked in an oven to harden. Depending on the amount of bronze infusion, the print can be more silver in color or more bronze. Below is a photo of two color variants of the Zebrafish pendant.

 

Steel can also be plated with various metals after printing. Some of my designs are available in gold-plated steel, for example. Steel is an interesting material with a slightly pitted surface and a vintage feel but is only suitable for larger pieces with no thin parts.

 

Selective Laser Sintered Nylon Plastic

Jewelry is 3D-printed in nylon plastic by an industrial printer that uses a laser to melt plastic powder in layers. All prints are white and colors are achieved by dyeing the white pieces after printing.