Remember the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa? Musically, this was one of the world World Cups in history. Not only was the cup’s anthem ‘Waka Waka’ by Shakira received by Africans as an insult to traditional African music, also traditional African music wasn’t at its best at the time. Yes, we’re talking about the Vuvuzelas. Everyone remembers the noisy plastic horns that originated from Africa, but rapidly found their way to any corner of any street in any country – arguably except for North Korea.
And right now it’s 2014. Four years after. Are you horrified by the possibility of new instruments popping up out of nowhere? Well, you’ll probably find it good to know that you don’t have to search the internet for the best earplugs this year, as this year’s Wold Cup instrument might be a lot less noisy. Let us introduce you to the 3D printed KXX, an invention by Michel Cornelissen from Utrecht, The Netherlands. It is a 3D printed percussion ring that produces a rice-ish sound, that actually sounds like you’re on a holiday somewhere far from your own rainy country.
An engagement ring is not that kind of thing you usually order online. If you can’t fit the ring beforehand, there’s a huge risk the ring won’t fit properly. Nevertheless, there are online retailers that sell wedding rings online, and one of them is a company called Brilliance. They’ve probably experienced this disadvantage of their online model, so what they came up with is a smart solution, using 3D printing techniques.
Their new program is called 3D Ring and it enables you to order 3D printed versions of the ring before the actual sell. If you have access to a 3D printer, then a 3D print file will be sent to your computer. Users who don’t have a 3D printer themselves, can receive 3D printed rings from Brilliance by post. The 3D Ring program also allows people to 3D print their rings in different sizes, so customers can accurately find out which size fits best.
Dutch department store Hema will be selling personalized 3D printed jewelry, as the company has announced it will soon be offering a service where customers can create their own necklaces and bracelets online. Hema will be the first giant retailer to offer a service which enables common customers to personalize their own jewelry online, after which a 3D printer will print out the objects. In addition, it will also be possible to buy 3D printed phone cases online from the retailer.
However, the company is not the first big retailer to 3D print jewelry. Last October, US retailer Neiman Marcus added a limited edition of 3D printed jewelry to its online stock. In order to be offering such a service, the company teamed up with Dutch company Shapeways.
Scott Camazine, the biologist behind the 3D printed skull projectFrom Nature to Art, has successfully launched a new campaign on Kickstarter, called Skulptures. It’s a collection of skeletal memorabilia, miniatures of animal skulls that can be worn as pendants and earrings.
The biologist is a passionate lover of the natural world. “I wanted to capture the details of the structure and essence of each animal in the collection,” he writes on Kickstarter. Camazine has used bronze, brass, silver and gold for its miniatures and his Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded with as much as 5.336 dollars of the required 4.000 dollars.
Merry Christmas! Looking back at 2013, we have to conclude it was a great year for 3D printing. We’ve seen many interesting 3D printing start-ups as well as big, growing companies, in a wide variety of working fields. It appears that in almost every imaginable field some-one is doing something with 3D printing. So also in the Christmas field. Right now we print a way into Christmas 2013 and introduce you to some great 3D printing tutorials for Christmas.
As you probably know, websites such as Shapeways and Thingiverse are useful for the DIY-3D printing-community. For instance, if you would like to create some nice ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. On Shapeways people can buy (or sell) their own 3D printed ornaments, but if you’re really into creating your own decoration for the Christmas days, you should definitely check out what people have been doing at Thingiverse. Most of you will probably expect a lot of futuristic decorations, but what we in fact found out is that for every taste there is a 3D printed ornament. Below you can see a couple of the most striking open-source 3D printing ideas for Christmas.
There’s a new 3D drawing pen on the market, which is named 3Dsimo. It can be seen as a new version of the 3Doodler pen. With this pen you can make 3D figures yourself. The 3Doodler pen was very successful and raised over $2,3 million. The new pen 3Dsimo was invented by David Paskevic from Prague, Czech Republic and his team and the same success is to be expected.
The concept of this 3D pen may sound a little vague to some, but this is how it works: you can use the 3Dsimo just like any other pen. If you know how to use a pen, you will know how to use the 3Dsimo. At first you have to plug it in, then you need to set the desired speed and temperature and then you can start to make your own 3D figures. The pen extrudes plastic through the hot end and it can be used for many purposes, like creating jewelry, repairing plastic devices and assembling models of 3D printers.
With his roots in traditional jewelry making, Joshua DeMonte is now in the spotlight because of using 3D printing for his artwork. Thanks to an obligated computer class he was introduced to CAD and subsequently to 3D printing. He started out creating buildings. To combine this with his knowledge of jewelry making he came up with the ‘obvious’ idea to just poke a hole in the buildings and voila, you got your bracelet.
40 Under 40 Craft Futures
You can currently view his artwork at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. There is an art exhibition running until the 2nd of February called ’40 Under 40 Craft Futures’. This show features forty artists who were born since 1972, which is the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at the Renwick branch.
Joshua was highlighted in this video of the Smithsonian Channel called “40 Under 40 : The Art of 3D Printing” because of his remarkable 3D printed art.
We’ve always been intrigued by the way some artists make use of haptic devices and CAD software to create. Actually.. one of the first articles published here on 3dprinting.com was about Farah Bandookwala’s 3d printed art.
At the 3D Printshow in London we had the pleasure to meet Elizabeth Armour, a talented maker/designer who also uses a haptic device and CAD software for making her jewellery.
Elizabeth completed her Honours Degree in Jewellery and Metal last May at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee University Scotland. She is an award winning artist and contemporary jeweller having won the F&A Bradhsaw Award, which is presented to a final year student in her department.
In this video she explains where she gets her inspiration from and how 3d modeling/printing is helping her to visualize her ideas.
From your living room to your ring finger, customization becomes easier and more attainable to anyone with the mass manufacturing capabilities of 3D printing. Jewelry, novelty items and home decor are just some of the things that could benefit from this sort of technology. Creativity and imagination are central to the jewelry craft. Which is why the industry has embraced 3D printing technologies to reduce the time and labor required in the manufacturing process.
3d printing jewelry printers
So today the world of technology has taken strides in the development of 3D Printing for Jewelry Manufacturing. Companies such as Objet Geometries have produced a desktop 3D printer solution that offers an exclusive combination of high-quality, finely detailed models in a compact, office friendly system.
Based on proven technologies and compounds, the PolyJet™ Photopolymer Jetting technology, creates true-to life parts of any kind with extreme accuracy in a matter of minutes. No need to send CAD sketches away and wait weeks for a 3d model to be returned (at great expense). Now 3d Print Modeling is as easy as paper printing!
3d printed Jewelry are Unique
If you want your own unique piece of Jewelry, 3D printing is your friend. For example 3D print your own jewelry designs in sterling silver. Have you ever had an idea for a cool piece of jewelry, but no silversmith skills to make it happen?
With a 3D printer you can deliver your own designs from a 3D CAD model or even from a simple hand drawn sketch. To have your silver jewelry 3D printed the only thing you need is a 3D printer. Or you can upload upload your designs to 3d Printingservice, such as the Shapeways website. Within 15 days you can have your own ultra unique, bespoke jewelry.
Not only do you get the most awesome jewelry you could ever imagine, but you also get a great story to tell of how you designed your very own piece. 3d printing jewelry is something that you have a deeper connection to than a mass produced item. It also makes for the perfect gift. Imagine giving a friend or family member a ring that you have designed especially for them.
He has been busy with 3D printing for a while now. But his artwork is worthy of mentioning again. Ted Noten’s Haunted by 36 Women series is a result of a one year survey through the world of women combined with the force of additive manufacturing.
The work of Japanese artist Hokusai ’36 views of Mount Fuji’ inspired Ted Noten to develop 36 jewels for just as many types of women. The 3D printing technology allowed him to produce objects in any material and size.
Ed started by making sculptures from assembled found objects (haute couture). These sculptures were then 3d scanned and computer manipulated to finally be 3D printed into real pieces of jewellery in a variety of materials such as gold, titanium and colored nylon.
Here are some examples of his work, a feast for the eyes.