Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Isaac’s Fine Jewelry has been in the jewelry industry for over 30 years providing high-quality designs and bespoke items for discerning customers. Isaac Cohen, who was among the first to embrace affordable AM technologies with a Formlabs system, is now adopting advanced high-speed 3D printing technologies from DLP market leader EnvisionTEC.
Prior to 3D printing, Isaac was using traditional hand-carved waxes or service bureaus to build expensive prototypes. The hand-carved wax was hard to manage, with a great deal of skill required to achieve even close to a consistent, symmetrical shape. Isaac discovered other jewelers were starting to use CAD and 3D printing. Realising its benefits and that it was the future, he initially embraced 3D by purchasing a Formlabs branded machine and materials in June 2015.
Digital was the way to go: it was faster and resulted in better service for the client. Digitalisation allowed him to quickly transfer the hand-sketched concept designs that he’d discussed with his client into CAD. Then, using the 3D Printer he could quickly produce prototypes for the customer to see. Once they were happy the final designs could be printed and sent to the casting house. After casting, Isaac buffs the piece to a mirror shine, sets the stones and polishes it prior to presentation.
After a number of years using a low-cost Formlabs machine, Isaac discovered the new cDLM series from EnvisionTEC and found it to be a better fit for increasing quality and production demands.
“The Formlabs machine was a good starting point and proved that the 3D concept worked,” Isaac explained. “Having seen the cDLM technology in action I realized it was time to step up and upgrade. The cDLM 3D printer and Easy Cast material provide both a superior finish and exceptionally fast prints, that outstrips any of its rivals.”
Isaac now produces rings, pendants and other jewelry in a fraction of the time of traditional methods and his previous 3D printer. The Vida cDLM provides a large build area allowing the production of large items such as bangles, and in addition to its exceptional speed, provides the best surface finish in the market today. EnvisionTEC’s combination of 3D Printers and its range of exclusive materials provides Isaac with a real competitive edge.
EnvisionTEC is globally considered a leading choice among professional and industrial goldsmith jewelers, as well as for custom and large manufacturers for 3D printing jewelry patterns for casting. After over 15 years of materials development and advances, EnvisionTEC’s technology and materials together are now able to guarantee superior detail, precision and a smooth surface finish that requires less finishing.