Jewelry designer Christian Tse has announced that his company is partnering with Desktop Metal, to bring the world’s first office-friendly metal 3D printing system, the Studio System, to the jewelry industry.
With the Studio System, jewelers will now be able to safely produce highly detailed custom jewelry, tooling, and metal molds in-house, both in volume and with mass customization.
The Studio System’s high-resolution printhead, with supporting software profiles, allows for smaller parts to be 3D printed with finer features and an improved surface finish, making it ideal for intricate designs, tools, and customization. Prototypes for new jewelry designs can be made in a matter of hours.
“The Studio System is a jewelry maker’s dream. The speed and accuracy of this system are coupled with the safety of being able to touch the materials and the convenience of being able to create the goods in-house without too much hassle. This puts the entire production process literally in the hands of the designer. And the batch processing will facilitate faster turn-around times for orders, allowing partner retailers to exceed their customer’s expectations,” says Christian Tse.
“This is a game changer for the fine jewelry industry,” says Ric Fulop, CEO, and co-founder of Desktop Metal.”
“Previously jewelers had to rely on a slow and costly outsourcing production process, taking weeks or even months to finalize a wax carving into a piece of fine jewelry. Now, designers can create a custom piece with exquisite geometry right in their own shop from a CAD drawing and have it retail-ready in days. The affordability, safety and batch processing efficiency of the Studio System will also allow more designers than ever before to enter the fine jewelry arena,” added Ric Fulop.
Christian Tse also said, “This is exactly the kind of technology that the designer jewelry industry needs to increase jewelry manufacturing in the U.S. and keep up with our high-tech consumers who are accustomed to instant gratification.”
The partnership will see Christian Tse’s California-based company, Formula 3D, serve as the marketing and sales agency for Desktop Metal. At JCK Las Vegas 2019 held just last weekend, several pieces designed by Christian Tse and made on the Studio System were debuted at their booth as part of their first joint initiative.
Stainless steel materials are currently available for use with the Studio System, and many other precious metal options are actively in development for end use in fine jewelry.