I haven't posted in a while, i know. I've been so caught up with all this new CAD software, Rhino, Artcam. Scary stuff.
I have also been given our second commission which we have to complete using Rhino, but i shall post about this at another time. So about 3D printing!...
''3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing)is a term used to describe any one of various processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object. In 3D printing, successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. These objects can be of almost any shape or geometry, and are produced from a 3D model or other electronic data source. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot.''
At first thoughts on entering the huge NEC building who were hosting the TCT event, i found all this snazzy software and machines very intimidating, as i am of course very new to this.
The TCT showcases over 200 businesses with also dozens of speakers to explain the processes of printing and innovative printers.
We visited companies such as 'Blue printer' which prints in a plastic resin model to cast from,
which is great for a detailed finish. Gives a 0.1mm layer each sweep , 100 microns.
Central scanning was another, scans object for 3d pictures on PC to be printed there and then , or printed directly onto object to be printed in wax and resin.
3TRPD is a leading company in 3D printing, their production facilities build components for customers in a range of industries including aerospace, motorsport and medical uses.
Metal AM ( lasor sintering )is an innovative technology that works by fusing together very fine layers of metal powder using a focused laser beam. This powder bed fusion process can produce complex geometries which might not have been possible using traditional manufacturing techniques.
It was a very interesting afternoon and really opened my eyes to what processes and technology today's Jewellery industry uses.
And has given me great insight to what i can create, and not to think of it as a hindrance but as a tool that can improve my own designs.