Desktop Steel has introduced the qualification of 925 sterling silver on its P-1 and P-50 Manufacturing Process equipment.
The materials is anticipated to open up apps in the jewellery and luxury items marketplaces, with watches, belt buckles and decorative handbag hardware posited as likely applications. Desktop Metal is also speedy-monitoring the development of additional important metallic alloys in 2022, with 18K yellow gold and rose gold on the roadmap.
Through its ETEC (previously EnvisionTEC) subsidiary, Desktop Metal has deep relations with quite a few jewellery producers – including Stuller, Shinola and Swarovski – and is now concentrating on the sector with its steel 3D printing offering.
“The qualification of important metals for direct 3D printing on significant-speed binder jetting systems is a major milestone for the jewellery and luxury merchandise sector,” commented Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metallic. “All the structure independence and customisation of 3D printing can now be delivered immediately at superior volumes without having all of the labour affiliated with conventional production procedures. What’s more, this new direct 3D printing innovation builds on the proven legacy of our ETEC brand, which has been a leader in 3D printers for lost-wax casting styles for extra than a 10 years — creating us the unparalleled chief in comprehensive additive production solutions for the jewellery and luxurious items market place.”
Alongside the qualification of 925 sterling silver, the business has also declared partnerships with System 3D Corporation (founded by Christian Tse) in the US and Neoshapes for intercontinental clientele. Components 3D Company presents designers and brands an conclude-to-conclude workflow for the 3D printing of treasured metals and has adopter the Production Program P-1 device, although Neoshapes also delivers an conclusion-to-end workflow strategy, as very well as consultancy companies, and final 12 months invested in a number of ExOne InnoventPro systems.
Each of these collaborations purpose to empower the luxurious merchandise and jewelry marketplaces to undertake metallic binder jetting procedures to generate stop-use areas in cherished metals, steels and additional.
“Desktop Metal’s Output Process provides remarkable benefit to our present jewelry producing processes, increasing effectiveness of manufacturing, having new layouts to marketplace more rapidly, and presenting our consumers better versatility and several styling choices. We can essentially print in cherished metals in two hrs what we do in two times with casting,” made available Tse.
“Binder jetting opens up new views for the luxurious industry, even far more now with the qualification of important steel alloys, giving additional leverage to produce and develop artistic merchandise from a single file, leaping ahead into the electronic supply chain. The time to marketplace for new creative products is also lessened noticeably, allowing for brand names to better meet up with need while retaining negligible inventories,” extra Stéphane Vigié, Neoshapes Co-founder.
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