A Jeweler’s Guide to Choosing an LCD 3D Printer•
Posted on March 15 2021
In this rapidly evolving world, even jewelry can now be created via 3D printing. Everything from rings to necklaces can easily be printed out with a snap of a finger. Resin 3D printing allows you to produce high-quality jewelry prints with intricate detailing that would otherwise be extremely hard to achieve when creating jewelry pieces the traditional way.
In the traditional jewelry-making process, jewelers have to carve out intricate and detailed patterns in wax or by handcrafting. Even though traditional jewelry makers put a lot of love and hard work into creating their designs, both are time-consuming techniques that are prone to human errors. One mistake and the entire process needs to start from scratch.
With resin 3D printing, jewelry designs can now be created digitally. Jewelers can print out a sample then tweak their designs using CAD software if needed. With its wax-like qualities, Phrozen’s Wax-Like Castable Jewelry Violet imitates wax that is typically used in jewelry-making. To learn more about which Phrozen resins are best for jewelry casting and designs, please click here.
Using either method, the design wax patterns are then placed into a mold cavity and poured with investment casting, a plaster that surrounds the jewelry patterns and hardens. As the 3D printed jewelry pieces burn out, the jewelry pieces are cast with metals such as gold or silver to create the final product.
This way, 3D printing can be used as a method to supplement the jewelry-making process.
What Types of Jewelry Prints can 3D Printers Create?
With resin 3D printing, jewelry makers are able to think out of the box and create all sorts of jewelry prints with unique shapes or designs. LCD 3D printing also allows for custom-made jewelry pieces to be produced at a much more affordable price.
Jewelry 3D prints can be used as prototypes, rubber molds, and for casting jewelry.
Let’s take a look at which Phrozen LCD 3D printer you should purchase for creating jewelry pieces:
Sonic Mini 4K - For Extremely Detailed Jewelry Prints
With a printing area of 6.1in, Phrozen’s Sonic Mini 4K is the best for creating jewelry models as it prints out delicate jewelry pieces with 4K resolution.
Sonic Mini 4K is capable of printing out a full plate of intricate pieces such as rings, brooches, and pendants in one print session. For example, the Sonic Mini 4K can contain roughly 10-20 rings per plate. With its fast printing capabilities, the Sonic Mini 4K prints out a plate full of jewelry in no time.
With extreme precision printing, the Sonic Mini 4K ensures that all the fine details on your jewelry pieces are showcased with no errors whatsoever.
As a desktop resin 3D printer, the Sonic Mini 4K can easily be stored at home, at one’s workspace, or in a jewelry studio.
The Sonic Mini 4K 3D Printer comes with:
- 6.1in Printing Area
- 5in Touch Panel
- 35 µm XY Resolution
- 80mm/hour Print Speed
Why You should Invest in Jewelry 3D Printers
With resin 3D printing, jewelers can now create multiple patterns and designs in one print, saving both time and money. Resin 3D printing allows for jewelry makers to focus on the details and to be creative as possible.
Now, jewelry professionals have the luxury of time to produce fine jewelry pieces with extreme accuracy and attention to detail.
Click here to learn how to post-process your jewelry prints.
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