US 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems has announced the latest addition to its materials portfolio, VisiJet Wax Jewel Red, to enable more complex designs for jewelry production.
In combination with the company’s pure wax 3D printing technology, the material facilitates new design styles for jewelry casting while providing benefits in efficiency and waste reduction.
“Additive manufacturing has left its mark on the jewelry industry – enabling artisans to push boundaries and take their creativity to new levels,” said Dr. Edwin Hortelano, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Development materials at 3D Systems. “We created VisiJet Wax Jewel Red as the next step in our 100% wax casting portfolio, specifically to enable the unrivaled quality of lost wax casting for jewelry design styles with fine features.
“This addition helps craftsmen and foundry houses come up with unique designs while improving productivity and reducing costs.”
Wax 3D printing technology from 3D Systems
Wax 3D printing can be incorporated into standard investment casting processes for jewelry production to provide a range of cost, efficiency and design benefits.
According to 3D Systems, 3D wax printing has become the accepted standard for producing patterns for jewelry casting. However, the technology still struggles to achieve certain styles and designs that require fine meshes and intricate details.
3D Systems’ wax 3D printing technology is developed specifically for jewelry applications and comes with a choice of 100% wax and castable plastic materials for high-resolution molding models and processes, and of materials to produce precision models for molding or prototyping in rubber or silicone. .
The company’s wax printing technology and materials, combined with its 3D printing software, can be seamlessly integrated into standard investment casting processes to achieve greater design freedom, same-day pattern printing molding and help eliminate tooling time and costs.
VisiJet Wax Jewel Red
VisiJet Wax Jewel Red is the latest addition to 3D Systems’ jewelry materials portfolio and was designed to expand the potential applications of the company’s jewelry-specific 3D printing technology.
The company’s technology includes its ProJet MJP 2500W 3D printer, 3D Sprint software and 3D Connect management software, as well as its VisiJet wax materials. VisiJet waxes melt like standard casting waxes, with no ash content for flawless castings. They are durable for handling and projecting fine detail, and the high-contrast colors allow users to easily view fine detail.
VisiJet Wax Jewel Red is the latest material to be added to the range, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of casting houses producing jewelry designs that include stone casting and setting designs.
The increased flexibility of the material reduces breakage resulting from handling throughout the investment casting process, which is especially beneficial for designs that include fine features like light filigree and fine wire mesh. According to 3D Systems, foundries that incorporate VisiJet Wax Jewel Red into their workflows will be able to produce more durable and flexible patterns, resulting in reduced waste, time and cost.
The new material also enables same-day pattern printing and casting while eliminating tooling time and costs, while providing greater design freedom for foundries and jewelers.
VisiJet Wax Jewel Red is expected to be available September 20, 2021.
3D systems in the jewelry sector
In addition to its wax 3D printing technology, 3D Systems is also targeting the jewelry market with another of its offerings, its Figure 4 3D printing platform. The 3D printing package is optimized for the jewelry market. 3D printed jewelry and contains the company’s hardware, software, and materials designed to provide highly accurate detail and smooth surface finishes.
Last year, 3D Systems announced that it would expand the portfolio of compatible materials for its Figure 4 3D printer, and it has since launched a suite of new polymers for the machine. In May, the company added four new variants of Figure 4 resin to its materials portfolio to improve the flame retardancy, strength and biocompatibility of 3D-printed industrial and jewelry parts.
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Featured image shows VisiJet Wax Jewel Red material from 3D Systems. Photo via 3D systems.