Boston – (work wire) – Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM) announced today that 925 sterling silver, one of the popular precious metals, is now eligible for 3D printing on the Production System™ platform, including both the P-1 and P -50, which offers jewelry and luxury the fastest way to 3D print jewelry, watches, belt buckles and decorative hardware for handbags.
Desktop Metal is also accelerating the development of additional precious metal alloys in 2022, including 18k yellow gold, with active research and development on rose gold. Desktop Metal and its polymer brand ETEC have a long history of partnering with major jewelry producers around the world such as Cartier, Stuller, Shinola and Swarovski.
“Qualifying precious metals for direct 3D printing on high-speed binder jetting systems is a milestone in the jewelry and luxury goods industry,” said Rick Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “All the freedom of design and customization for 3D printing can now be delivered directly in bulk without all the labor associated with traditional manufacturing processes. Furthermore, this new innovation in 3D printing builds on the solid legacy of our brand ETEC, which pioneered 3D printers for molded models. Lost Wax for over a decade – making us the unparalleled leader in comprehensive additive manufacturing solutions for the jewelry and luxury goods market.”
Partnerships to advance technology and materials development
To develop the technology and materials needed to bring world-class 3D printing quality, productivity, and economy to the demanding luxury and jewelry market, Desktop Metal is partnering with two leaders in the production of precious metal powders and parts: Formula 3D Corporation founded by Christian Tse of Christian Tse Designs & Manufacturing Inc. for the American market, and Neoshapes for international customers. Both of these collaborations aim to enable the luxury goods and jewelry markets to adopt metallic bonding blowing processes to produce end-use parts from precious metals, steel, and more.
Formula 3D Corporation offers designers and manufacturers a complete, end-to-end solution for 3D printing of precious metals – from design to customer-ready high-quality jewelry. A new video released with Christian Tse shows how this luxury design and manufacturing house based in Monrovia, California is using the P-1 desktop metal production system to reimagine its jewelry making.
Metal desktop production system adds extraordinary value to our existing jewelry manufacturing processes, increasing production efficiency, getting new designs to market faster, and offering our customers greater diversity and multiple design options. “We can actually print precious metals in two hours, what we do in two days with casting,” Christian Tse said. “In addition, making jewelry with binder jets allows us to consider new options to circumvent some of the supply chain challenges facing the fine jewelry industry. We can bypass shipping delays and installation costs, as well as avoid fees, by printing precious silver directly, rather than shipping the metal materialistic”.
Neoshapes, a Swiss company based in Geneva, Switzerland, founded by experienced executives in the luxury goods industry, takes a unique end-to-end approach – from powder production and supply to printing and processing of precious metal components. , as well as consulting services to enable industry players to easily transition their production operations to Binder jet technology.
“Binder jetting opens up new horizons for the luxury industry, even more so with the qualification of precious metal alloys, giving more leverage to develop and produce innovative single-file products, leapfrogging the digital supply chain,” said Stefan Feige, co-founder of Neoshapes:
Binder Jetting enters a new era of jewelry making
The production system’s Single Pass Jetting™ (SPJ) technology, which provides high-speed 3D printing of metals, allows goldsmiths to adopt an agile, fully digital manufacturing workflow. Jewelers can have greater flexibility and control over design, allowing designers and manufacturers to scale new designs that were previously impossible or difficult to produce without significant manual labor – such as chain bracelets or necklaces, where links can be 3D printed in place as a piece One instead of one link is collected manually at a time. In addition, jewelers can take advantage of AM for local production, reduce reliance on long lead time global supply chains and provide opportunities for in-house manufacturing.
The benefits of additive manufacturing for luxury goods and jewelry applications are significant:
– Customization and freedom to design in bulk
Up to tens of thousands of jewelry pieces can be printed per day on the production system, and manufacturers can produce the same or unique custom pieces – all in one build.
– Digital inventory provides greater flexibility in production
By eliminating time-consuming techniques such as casting, manufacturers can easily iterate and scale new designs – once a design is completed, printing and production can begin immediately. Manufacturers can also create digital inventories, and digitally store design files to be made on demand, reducing working capital requirements.
– Significant reduction in waste through recycling and reuse
With the production system, all the loose powder recovered during the printing process can be recycled and the powder removed and reused for subsequent prints, increasing cost efficiency and reducing material waste.
The world’s fastest way to 3D print sterling silver jewelry on display at JCK معرض
Christian Tse’s exquisite jewelry designs printed in sterling silver will be on display on the production run from June 10 to 13 in Las Vegas at JCK 2022, North America’s leading jewelry event, at booth number 52025. In addition, Desktop Metal will offer solutions Affordable jewelry casting, including ETEC D4K, a high-resolution, professional desktop 3D printer, suitable for end-use, dental, and jewelry applications.
To learn more about the production and printing system on precious metals, visit: www.desktopmetal.com/production.
About Desktop Metal
Desktop Metal, Inc. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, we accelerate the transformation of manufacturing with a wide range of 3D printing solutions, from rapid prototyping to mass production. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company tackles unmet challenges of speed, cost and quality to make additive manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and fabricators worldwide. Desktop Metal has been named one of the world’s 30 most promising technology leaders by the World Economic Forum, named in the MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies, and the 2021 Winner of the Fast Company Award for Innovation by Design in Fast Company’s Next Big Materials and Objects Company in the Technology Award for Sustainability. For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com.
About Formula 3D
Founded in 2019 by Christian Tse, Formula 3D Corporation is an additive manufacturer focused on precious metals, providing 3D printing products and solutions for the luxury jewelry, dental, medical, and space travel industries. Headquartered in Monrovia, California, Formula 3D aims to revolutionize the manufacturing industry in the United States by providing access to an entire ecosystem of 3D precious metal manufacturing services and products, including micropowders, 3D printing, touchless finishing, and metal alloys. . www.formula3Dcorp.com.
With extensive experience in additive manufacturing to service the luxury industry, Neoshapes is the first integrated specialist dedicated to 3D printing for the global luxury goods sector. With a strong focus on precious metals, Neoshapes proposes a full range of turnkey solutions that ensure increased efficiency and superior quality excellence for partner brands. Neoshapes was created to respond to the ever-evolving needs of the luxury industry, specifically a more personalized connection to consumers with services such as production on demand, limited editions, personalization, and special orders – growing trends that are currently not well served by traditional manufacturing methods. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Neoshapes is fully committed to the 3D printing of luxury goods with core competencies in precious metals, from material traceability, to alloying, powders, printing, finishing and end product traceability, all under one roof.
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