Artforge Studio expands its capabilities with 3D printed jewelry designs
Artforged implements 3D printing for jewelry creation
Artforge Studio is the studio of an English artist specialized in innovative and imaginative projects. With over 30 years of experience in fine jewelry, its owner and founder Simon Walker is a goldsmith expert in jewelry techniques.
Intrigued by the competitive and creative value of 3D printing with casting materials and toolmaking, Walker has used 3D Systems’ basic industrial 3D printer, the FabPro™ 1000, with FabPro JewelCast GRN and FabPro Tough BLK. Considering the printer’s precision, ease of use and economy, as well as the quality and durability of the material, Walker believes that the FabPro 1000 is a useful tool for expanding the possibilities for creativity.
The 3D printer offers a new tool to create precise and imaginative designs to Artforge
Many of Artforge Studio’s clients want to restore or recreate pieces of memorabilia that have been damaged or lost over the years; even to recreate something new using inherited gold and precious stones. Walker believes he can offer even more with the creative use of the FabPro 1000.
About the printer
The FabPro 1000 is a basic industrial 3D printer that combines smooth surface quality, accelerated performance, repeatability and a simple user interface with intuitive Sprint® 3D software and high-quality materials. Powerful and compact, it is optimized to produce prototypes of high quality plastic parts; as well as casting models for jewelry at printing speeds up to three times faster than other systems at competitive prices.
The FabPro 1000 3D 3D Systems printer uses light digital printing (DLP) and provides edge detail, precision and surface finish similar to service level agreements (SLAs) with consistent and repeatable parts and run times. With a size of 125mm x 70mm x 120mm (4.92in x 2.76in x 4.72in), the FabPro 1000 can print a part that fills the platform or build several smaller parts simultaneously to generate multiple iterations simultaneously for high-performance printing.
3D resin casting.
Walker occasionally does his foundry and his experience with the material FabPro JewelCast GRN has given satisfactory results. He approaches casting as a science and art and uses both gypsum and dental coating powders, depending on the metal to be used or the part to be cast.
When using FabPro resin, he notes: “GRN JewelCast models printed in 3D are very durable. If you drop a wax model, it may break, but these JewelCast models are elastic, which is very useful.
In his experience, the GRN Jewelcast material, once polymerized, can be used to make moulds; and the ability to carve or store in it opens up other possibilities that allow the jeweler to add individual craftsmanship to the items of his choice. “It’s nice to be able to adapt,” says Walter.