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Inspiring 3D gems
Tuesday, 14th April 2015

Inspiring 3D gems
IN the multi-billion-dollar jewellery manufacturing trade, recent rapid developments in 3D technology and scanning equipment are providing artists with easier alternatives to traditional design methods, in turn creating limitless possibilities. 

3D printing really shines in its capacity to customise a product to users requirements and, to showcase the very latest 3D technologies for the jewellery sector, Rapid 3D and Kemtek recently hosted a special one-day open house in Johannesburg, inviting long-established designers and up and coming entrepreneurs to test the waters with a range of novel technologies and materials.  Five new-age 3D printing stations were in action, including the all-new Mcor IRIS True Colour printer that prints on paper and is equipped with an ICC colour map of more than one million colours; the Envisiontec Desktop XL with digital light processing technology that produces high-quality models in numerous materials; a ZPrinter 450 that creates affordable colour 3D models; an entry-level Projet 1200, plus a Blueprinter M2 with Selective Heat Sintering, which is used to fuse layers of thermoplastic powder.

‘Several international designers are bringing their skills and understanding of three-dimensional forms to new tools and technology, particularly exploiting the design freedoms provided by 3D printing,’ states Pauline Bullock, co-owner of Rapid 3D. ‘And, whether they’re looking for an entry-level 3D printer or a top-of-the-range system that takes jewellery design to the next level, our expert team can assist in finding the most advanced and effective systems for individual needs. Having an open house to present the latest technologies provides the ideal environment for potential customers to watch each unit in action and get a feel for what can be achieved,’ she adds. ‘For instance, the Projet 1200, from 3D Systems, is ideal for small, precise, detail-rich parts and casting patterns such as jewellery. Smaller than most coffee makers, and faster than baking a cake, this new printer is economical to own, safe to operate anywhere and simple to use. And for those designers looking for a truly unique and eco-friendly system, there’s the all-new Mcor IRIS True Colour printer that even creates physical 3D objects made of common office paper from a 3D data file.’

The Rapid 3D and Kemtek team invite designers and traditional printers alike to visit the dedicated demonstration centre in City Deep, Johannesburg, to see why 3D printing is making a lasting impression in numerous industries.
For more information, visit www.kemtek.co.za or www.rapid3d.co.za.



Sharing there in-depth knowledge of 3D printing at the recent Rapid 3D/Kemtek open house were Dave Bullock, Pauline Bullock and Gavin Leggott.
Mcor’s advanced IRIS 3D printer utilises paper to print spotless jewellery casts in numerous colours.
Small, precise, detail-rich parts such as jewellery casting are produced quickly and efficiently on 3D Systems’ entry-level Projet 1200.



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