Hello Folks, A lot of my friends are into one of the oldest forms of craft in India, jewelry making. One of my pal who happened to be in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong International Jewelery Show 2014 called me yesterday and sounded scared to death. When I enquired about the cause of his worries, he said he saw a metal 3d printer that can print 3d printed jewelry. He said “our business is finish” !!.
Digging deep into the conversation I assured him that there is no reason to worry as 3d printers are here to help businesses grow and innovate further and not to take away your businesses. I asked him to be more practical and told him that Survival of the fittest is the name of the game. He did not sound convinced with my pro 3d printing tech views however he promised to be more open towards the technology and probably get a 3d printer himself to learn the tricks of the trade.
After the call was over I researched a bit and found that EOS has teamed up with precious metals supplier Cooksongold and has launched a metal 3d printer based on the direct metal laser sintering (DMSL) technology. They announced the printer at the Hong Kong International Jewelry Show. The named this precious metal 3d printer as PRECIOUS M 080 DMLS System.
3d printed jewelry are very much a reality and PRECIOUS M 080 is yet another effort to make it mainstream. This 3d printer can take your CAD designs and turn them into real objects with utmost ease. Cooksongold told people that 3d printers like these would help Jewelry makers and Big brands gain market edge. It would create innovative new product which are intricately detailed, something people have never seen before.
Until now most jewelry is made using the age old lost wax casting which is time consuming and adds to the cost of prototyping and manufacturing cost of the finished product. Metal printers like PRECIOUS M 080 cut’s these cost as they use Additive manufacturing technology where by advanced metal powders are spread into thin layers and then this layers is solidified using advanced laser technology and the process is repeated until the finished product is ready.
Technical specifications of PRECIOUS M 080
- Build volume: 80 mm x 100 mm
- Dimensions (B x D x H): 800 mm x 950 mm x 1850 mm
- Weight: 580 kg
- CAD interface: STL
- Network: Ethernet
- Laser type: Yb-fibre laser, 100 W
- Precision optics: F-theta-lens, high speed scanner
- Scan speed: up to 7.0 m/s (23 ft./sec)
- Power supply: 13 A
- Power consumption: maximum 2.3 kW