3D printing finds its way in just about every aspect of jewelry manufacturing, due to the widespread adoption of CAD software among jewelry designers. Even in traditional manufacturing, with vulcanized silicon molds, the initial model is often 3D printed using high-temperature resistant photopolymer resins. Jewelry prototyping for size and shape verification is complemented by the use of directly 3D printed wax and resin patterns for direct casting and serial manufacturing. The next evolutionary step is direct metal 3D printing, although further down in our timeline.

Wax for 3D printed direct casting has been used for almost two decades with Solidscape material jetting technology. Over the past decade, jewelry manufacturers and jewelry 3D printing service providers have been introducing castable resins with both material jetting and vat photopolymerization technologies. Today those technologies are evolving with the introduction of low-cost systems (sub-$5,000) and high-productivity (layerless DLP) systems, opening the door to a new phase of growth and more widespread adoption for serial production of more complex and customized products. Directly 3D printed precious metal jewelry is the next step, however the complexity of the technology and the high-initial investments required mean this will remain an opportunity limited to a few highly experienced companies for the near term future.

Relevant sectors for jewelry 3D printing include hardware (photopolymerization and metal powder bed fusion), materials (photopolymers and precious metal powders), jewelry-specific 3D printing service bureaus, jewelry-specific CAD software and 3D printed jewelry applications.

Stakeholders in jewelry additive manufacturing range from manufacturers of AM systems (with a specific competency for castable materials), to suppliers of gold, platinum, silver and other precious metal alloy metal powders optimized for AM systems, to adopters of AM focusing on the many applications for the jewelry sector. Leading providers of technologies and materials for jewelry AM include Stratasys, Solidscape (now part of Prodways), 3D Systems, EnvisionTEC, EOS, Concept Laser, Sisma, ReaLizer (DMG Mori) as well as precious metal powder providers such as Cooksongold, Legor, Progold, Hildebrand and Heraeus, among others.

  • Estonian company, Cloud Factory, raises €2M in seed funding for on-demand 3D printed jewelry - including design, production and fulfilment.

    Cloud Factory, one of the world’s first companies to use direct metal 3D printing to scalably manufacture fine jewelry, cost-effectively and sustainably, has raised a €2M ($2.1M) seed round, led by Change Ventures, one of the leading early-stage funds in the Baltics. Participants in the round include Superhero Capital, a…

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  • Cooksongold is a jewelry manufacturer that has been around for more than a century and is referred to as a “one-stop shop for anything jewelry”. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that it is one of the biggest jewelry manufacturers—and one of the most advanced companies in direct precious…

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  • Jewelry brand Eternha has chosen CRP Technology and its Windform GT, glass fiber reinforced composite material, commonly used to manufacture high resistance and advanced applications, to create some of the elements of their Men’s collection bracelets. This is an absolute novelty in the jewelry sector Jewelry brand company Eternha was…

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  • Sterling silver qualified on Desktop Metal's Production System. Offering comprehensive solutions for jewelry and luxury goods manufacturers.

    Desktop Metal has qualified 925 sterling silver for 3D printing on its Production System platform, including both the P-1 and P-50 – offering jewelry and luxury goods manufacturers one of the fastest ways to directly 3D print high-quality jewelry and accessories such as watches, belt buckles, decorative hardware for handbags,…

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  • Legor and HP collaborate on precious metal development. Intending to disrupt the luxury jewelry and fashion accessories industries using AM.

    HP Inc. and Legor Group SPA have entered a strategic collaboration for the development of precious metal materials for HP’s Metal Jet system. Legor, a leader in metals science and production of best-in-class alloys, powders, and plating solutions, is the first to produce specialty precious metal materials for the jewelry…

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  • Fitchwork is a fashion-focussed, product design practice that combines geometric research with novel design and 3D printing

    Fitchwork is a collaborative architecture, fashion, and product design practice founded by Travis Fitch. Driven by an obsession with pattern, Travis combines geometric research with novel design and fabrication tools to create radical-yet-rational forms. Since its conception, in 2016, Travis has collaborated with an array of different companies to create…

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  • French company AddUp, a metal AM hardware manufacturer and service provider, joined forces with KIF Parechoc, one of the flagship companies in Swiss precision watchmaking subcontracting. The companies will share their know-how in microtechnology and watchmaking applications to jointly develop innovative part designs and new mechanical functions. From the precision…

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  • Imaginarium, a large 3D printing service provider in India, supported Kotti Srikanth in his quest to achieve a Guinness World Record for the most diamonds set in one ring. Kotti Srikanth, owner of the Diamond Store by Chandubhai, a unit of Hallmark Jewellers, in Hyderabad, set ou to break the…

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  • PicoFAB 3D printer Lumi Industries

    Italy-based 3D printer manufacturer Lumi Industries has announced its newest product, the PicoFAB, a low-cost resin 3D printer ideal for producing small and intricate prototypes and products for the dental and jewelry sectors, among others. The PicoFAB, which will retail for under 150 euros, is powered by a compact light…

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  • Figure 4 Jewelry 3D Systems

    3D Systems has launched a new Figure 4 production system dedicated specifically to the jewelry market. The machine—called the Figure 4 Jewelry—offers high speed printing as well as high precision and fine feature detail capabilities. It is optimized for particular applications, including jewelry casting patterns, master patterns for molds and…

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