The UK-based jewellery workshop Artforge Studio
is quickly becoming the epitome of modern jewellery making.
The Studio's owner, Simon Walker, has been a working goldsmith for over 30 years. However, recently, Walker introduced 3D Printing to his classic jewellery making process.
The combination of 3D printing with traditional methods such as diamond mounting and silversmithing has taken Artforge Studio to the next level.
Integrating 3D Printing into the process
3D Printing has opened up a world of opportunities for Simon. It has also empowered him to turn traditional jewellery making on its head.
Simon Walker's fascination with emerging technologies led him to invest in FabPro™ 1000, as well as FabPro JewelCast GRN
material and FabPro Tough BLK
The FabPro™ 1000 is an entry-level industrial printer that's perfect for small business owners like Simon. It's accurate, easy-to-use, and (most importantly) cost-effective. By using 3D printing technology, Simon maximised his business' potential. He can now accept more orders, which enabled him to cover the initial investment cost within no time and make his company more profitable.
Through the FabPro™ 1000 printer and its software, Simon can now be more creative without having to worry about wasting precious material.
Simon's typical customer is looking to recreate an heirloom piece or design something new from inherited gold, silver or gemstones. He can adjust pieces and designs on the fly using the FabPro™ 1000 software. Customers can also try on 3D printed pieces without the fear of damaging them.
Casting using FabPro JewelCast GRN
Simon regularly uses FabPro JewelCast GRN. This piece of equipment is perfect for fine-featured and delicate jewellery master patterns. By working with gypsum and dental investment powders as his materials of choice, Simon creates resilient JewelCast moulds that can then be used to make commercial pieces.
Using digital technology to increase production
Simon uses 3D jewellery
design software to create quasi-foolproof designs that are ready for printing.
He uses 3D Sprint
- a piece of software that comes with FabPro™ 1000 users - to optimise CAD data through a plethora of editing, manufacturing and production in-programme tools.
3D Sprint has also enabled Simon to be more productive, as the software estimates approximate printing time and material levels. He also uses 3D Sprint to manage print queues, prioritise different tasks and jobs and monitor printers from the comfort of his own workshop.
The software automatically identifies issues within the design, empowering artisans such as Simon to solve any design problems immediately and conserve 3D printing materials.