3D列印與珠寶飾品

Design & Produced by Elements Lab
Design & Produced by Elements Lab

3D列印參與各行各業的發展早已不是新聞,大小型企業從飾品、模具、建築、食品、航太、文創到醫療都可以看到3D列印技術的參與還有它帶來的創新與啟發。但是親身實踐通常卻又是另一回事。3D列印與珠寶飾品的結合一直是個令人感興趣的主題,比起印齒模或手槍可說是實際又實用多了。設計飾品再來列印3D模型,最後靠依循傳統工藝脫蠟鑄造來鑄成銀飾或是K金。利用數位工具的協助,首先在3D模型上可以反覆確認、修改,當然還可以同時變化出幾種版本來選樣,最後列印出來的3D模型可以再次確認造型與尺寸。珠寶飾品與其他模型打樣不同的地方在於,些微的尺寸變化就會影響到整體視覺上的效果,由於這是一個非常個人主觀的喜好,0.5mm的粗細變化在圖面上可能只是一個指令,但是當它變成實體戴在手上,可能就是舒服與不舒服的問題,美觀就又變成第二順位。但是如果這是一個戒指,0.1mm的變化就是很大的尺寸變更了,3D繪圖這時候就是個非常令人感動的存在了。 上圖的手環其實一開始只是想要設計一個最簡單的作品來搭配這顆藍寶石,沒想到一試之下才知道,所有美麗的珠寶飾品都是由細節堆疊起來的。用掉了快一整瓶的材料與數十次的失敗列印,當然也有數次的設計變更,最後才成就了一個堪稱完美的模型,也完成了學習與實踐的過程。40年老師傅的話如當頭棒喝,最簡單的東西最難做。 成功的演繹了3D列印到珠寶飾品的創作,再次體現『不只是Maker』的成就感。人人都是Maker也可以是Designer,你也動手為自己設計有紀念性的銀飾或飾品吧!

Not perfect though
Not perfect though

At first, we thought it was easy.  We have a gemstone so simply to draw a sketch, make it a 3D model, print it out and then it’s done.  However, the truth is, after a lot trails and errors, seriously, a lot of failures such as printing failures, setting mistakes, model modifications and very subtle dimension alterations.  The journey of “3D printing to jewelry making" consumed one expensive full bottle resin and two months of trials and errors, and not to mention the emotional frustration.  We got good advices from our partnered caster and jeweller and we learned from those small mistakes. We strive to prove that 3D modelling skill and digital tool could help and well connect with those traditional skills, or, in the other way, we believe in “everyone is a maker" or could be a maker and even a designer. Finally, the 18K yellow gold bracelet came out perfectly as the picture it is. We haven’t done the last final polish but still, it is beautiful enough to be proud. We made it and wish you could make one for yourself, why not start your design today?

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