Jewelry Prototyping in 3D Modeling and 3D Printing
One of the behavior we designers exhibit number of times is that as an idea appears or clicks in mind we straight away hop to the drawing board and start shaping up to see what comes to life. Though, the initial design undergoes number of reworking and fine tuning before getting presented or represented. Similar series of iterations happens when it comes to development and presentation of Jewelry designs. Specifically in jewelry design working, apart from the uniqueness the features playing critical role includes the scale and personal aesthetics; hence prototyping of designs become one of the critical factors for jewelry. In our more than a decade of experience in 3d modeling services and 3d printing services we had been retained by number of jewelry designers to not only get their 3d model ready but also 3d printing of their designs specifically prototypes to present.
One of the areas where we undertake such 3d modeling service on behalf of jewelry designer is when they work on creating a jewelry design with custom size of stone settings, primarily to ensure that the stone/s will fit correctly for final iteration. We suggest to prototype jewelry design right from the early design stage itself. By printing in low cost material and evaluating the scale & fit of the product, jewelers can save a lot from returns and extra overheads also once the prototype is approved jewelers can move to high cost precious metals.
Next comes the most critical part, once your 3d model is ready the question arises for 3d printing what material should be used? What material to be used for prototyping? Though we know that the final design will be printed in a cast metal or steel one should refrain from using the same for initial prototyping for longer lead time and cost involved. We recommend designers to go with frosted ultra-detail or strong and flexible as these materials present a good option for quick turn around and a fair understanding of the overall look. For designers intending to print their final model in a cast metal, Frosted Ultra Detail offers a promising clean and high detail finish. On the other hand for low cost and higher turnaround design one can go with Strong and Flexible material as a prototyping option. Once initial prototypes are done and approved with changes and you are ready with your final design in place we recommend going with a final prototype created with beautifully polished or unpolished cast metal such as brass or bronze.