Category Archives: Jewelry

3D printing and 3D scanning experts crack the Ocean’s 8 diamond necklace heist

Ocean’s 8, the latest in the line of star-studded line of Hollywood heist movies, recently made its UK debut yesterday with a 3D printer in a starring role. Sitting on a desktop in the back of the gang’s workshop, a MakerBot Replicator Z18 seamlessly creates a Cartier diamond necklace that convinces an unwitting Anne Hathaway […]

A Collage of 3D Printing Possibilities

Colorful, eclectic, detailed and eye-catching are some of the adjectives we can use to describe Denise J. Reytan’s 3D-printed creations. Working and living in such an alternative city like Berlin, we didn’t expect any less from today’s featured artist. Read more to know how she got started with 3D printing and how far she has gone in her 3D designs for jewelry. Where are you from and what’s your background? Hi! My name is Denise Reytan. I’m a Berlin-based jewelry designer and artist and I create jewelry as well as installations and art objects. I studied in Pforzheim and Düsseldorf and opened my studio in Berlin in 2009. How would you describe your 3D printing work? My work is an exploration in contrasts – between materials, values, colors and personal content. I really like to question conventional boundaries and am interested in the transformation of precious into non-precious and vice versa.  I really like to question conventional boundaries and am interested in the transformation of precious into non-precious and vice versa. How did you start to use 3D printing for your jewelry design?   The first time I used 3D was in 2004, in a course at university, but the quality back in those days was so horrible that I didn’t use it further. Then I did an Artist Residence at the “Institute of Applied Arts” at the HS Düsseldorf in 2013. They had just gotten a new 3D scanner and lots of new software, so I was super curious about the new possibilities. In the end, it was an amazing experience to create my collages on the computer! What about 3D printing materials. You have designed jewelry in brass, like the “Rock o´clock”, but you also use plastics like polyamide. How different are those materials for 3D printing and which one is your favorite? Of course, the materials are very different, especially in terms of weight. I always choose the material which fits best with my idea and how I want to wear it. When I´m thinking of a brooch, polyamide (SLS) is definitely the better choice, because it is very light. The “Rock o´clock” ring is perfect in brass. It has a nice golden color and the material fits great with its use as a ring. How different is your creative process when 3D printing is involved or not? For me, 3D is a great tool, but my creative process starts in the beginning before I choose the technique.  When I choose 3D, I first work on the preparations, like 3D scans. Then I create a collage on the computer, which is very playful and intuitive. For me, 3D is a great tool, but my creative process starts in the beginning before I choose the technique. Polyamide is a very versatile material. Which are your favorite polyamide finishes? I really like the polyamide(SLS) dyed purple or blue color. The white option is quite sensitive to dirt, but great for further processing. I also like the polished version very much. Which projects are you working on at the moment? At the moment I´m working on a pendant, made of 3D-printed brass. Explore the possibilities of 3D printing for your art and jewelry projects with i.materialise. You can go for brass or polyamide (SLS) like Denise, for other classic materials like silver, or give an unconventional material such as alumide a try. As you can see, there is not just one option for 3D-printed jewelry. Just upload your designs to our 3D printing platform and make your 3D printing ideas come to life! Read the material design guides carefully to get the most out of each material. Follow Reytan on her social media accounts and discover her website to get a dose of 3D printing inspiration.

Shapeways expands 3D printing services with additional $30 million funding

New York headquartered 3D printing marketplace Shapeways has announced a further $30 million in Series E funding. This round was led by Lux Capital, and included the participation of Union Square Ventures, INKEF Capital and Andreessen Horowitz. Each of the investors are making a return from the prior round in 2015 which also saw Shapeways […]

From a Clay Sculpture to a 3D Print with 3D Scanning

Working in such a dynamic sector like 3D printing, it’s normal that the members of the Materialise team are always exploring the creative side of 3D printing and discovering all its possibilities. This story is a good example of how we use every excuse to get creative with 3D printing. Are we obsessed with 3D printing? Maybe, but it’s just so much fun! Steven Demot works as a multimedia designer at Materialise, and creates art in his free time – most recently with clay modeling. When his fantastic creatures were noticed by product development engineer Nils Faber, he put his 3D scanning and 3D design knowledge and skills to work and made the 3D magic happen.  From drawing to 3D print Steven has always drawn fantastical creatures and aliens. A few months ago, he decided to turn his 2D creations into 3D and started sculpting in clay. For this purpose, he chose the design of a big gorilla. Nils scanned the clay figure with a professional 3D scanner and made the first designs of the 3D model using Materialise 3-matic software. After the scan, the file needed to be fixed for 3D printing and the resolution was reduced. By lowering the quantity of triangles to 1/10th, it is possible to reduce the resolution without losing quality. “Then, I added hair to the model with Blender and in the first iteration I could comb and cut the hair like in real life. I just wanted to try how it looked like and it was so much fun!”, explains Nils. Once the model was 3D scanned and fixed it could be handled easily for any purpose: 3D sculpting, painting or uploading for sharing when working in a team or with friends. Nils played with the design by adding some hair to the Model, with stunning results. I added hair to the model  and in the first iteration I could comb and cut the hair like in real life. It was so much fun! The final design was 3D printed in Polyamide (MJF) and dyed black. The material was perfect for showing the fine details of the gorilla’s face. Look at this detailed 3D print! Tips for 3D scanning when 3D printing 3D scanning an object is the fastest way to turn a real object into a 3D design, but there are some important things to take into account. As a scanning expert, Nils gives his advice to turn 3D scans into 3D designs. “The holes are the most crucial parts to be careful with and also any internal cavities that can be difficult to reach with the scan.” “Remember to reduce the amount of triangles before fixing the files, and make sure that the models have light, matte colors. Clay was a perfect material to 3D scan because shiny surfaces are much harder to scan.” The creative possibilities of 3D scanning Steven had the idea of turning his clay creation into a pair of bright cufflinks and 3D printing made it possible. The cufflinks were 3D printed in untreated brass. This material was perfect to keep the details of the 3D design, even when the scale and material changed. This process is a good example of the endless applications of 3D scanning a real object. In this case, scaling up and reducing the models is really impressive. The real model is 30 cm, and the 3D scan was made at a 1/1 scale, but since the design has so much detail it can be blown up to be as big as you like. That means it could be turned into a real gorilla! “This is not too different on how models are created for big Hollywood movies,” according to Nils Faber. “The figure in a different size would explain a whole new story and it would be a great creative exercise,” Steven adds. Coloring the models to find the colors that you like is also an ideal application for a 3D scan, or even replicating the models to apply them onto other objects, such as a décor. Steven is very enthusiastic about the applications of the scan: “As an artist it is enjoyable to make fun stuff with 3D models. I am a big fan of pop culture and a mish-mash of things from the past and present!” The figure in a different size would explain a whole new story and it would be a great creative exercise Ready to 3D scan your figures and get creative with your 3D models? Discover the most popular scanners and 3D scanning software to design your 3D prints. Nils used a professional 3D scanner for this project, but you can also get high-quality 3D scans at home. For example, you can use the app Qlone to 3D scan small objects and 3D print them directly with i.materialise. Once the scans are ready, you can upload your files to our 3D printing platform and decide what the best material and size is for them. What would you like to see the 3D scanned gorilla used for? Let us know in the comments!

From Kickstarter to 3D Printing Business

One of the main advantages of 3D printing is the benefits that it offers for mass customization. Thanks to 3D printing technologies, the possibility of personalizing objects to make them unique has become much easier and that’s exactly what the Space Time Coordinates project is about. On the i.materialise blog, we sometimes share the stories behind Kickstarter projects to showcase the countless creative possibilities of 3D printing. Space Time Coordinates is one of these projects we featured in the past. This Kickstarter campaign was a great success and is an up and running company nowadays. As you can see, there is life beyond a Kickstarter campaign and this is what it looks like! A solar system at your fingertips What is Space Time Coordinates about? Let us refresh your memory. Based on the date of your choice, a software program creates a custom 3D model with the exact position of all the planets circulating the sun at that point in time. The orbital paths are illustrated by concentric etched lines and their sizes and distances are schematized. The Sun and the eight planets of our solar system are represented by small holes on a metal coin. The 3D-printed mementos can be used as a necklace, a keyring or a push-in badge. Apart from their beloved 3D-printed metal badges, Space Time Coordinates now also offer other customized objects like t-shirts and posters with the positions of the planets at a certain point in time. The Sun and the eight planets of our solar system are represented by small holes on a metal coin. The 3D-printed mementos can be used as a necklace, a keyring or a push-in badge. The minds behind the Space Time Coordinates project Angélique Adrianna Govy, known as Govy, is an extremely curious French artist diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. She has dabbled in a variety of artistic mediums: photography, drawing, video, interactive art, installation and sculpture. In 2014, her obsession with space and time led her to work on the first prototypes of the Space Time Coordinates project. After experiencing the popularity of her project through a Kickstarter campaign, she joined forces with Martin Vézina: a Canadian developer who is passionate about history, space and science. He had already created an interactive simulator for the Solar system and was the perfect match to help Govy automate the whole process and make it faster. It was a perfect fit! Can you 3D print time? Govy got the inspiration for this 3D printing project when her friend Scott Thrift asked her to work on a new face for his clock The Present. This clock takes one year to make a full cycle, which inspired Govy to illustrate the path of the earth around the sun.  “I started gathering inspiration from old astronomy books on the representation of our solar system and the orbital paths of our planets. And I just went down that rabbit hole”, explains Govy. She became more and more interested in the concept of representing time within space and showing the human achievements within the context of our solar system because illustrating important historical events had a meditative aspect that really drew her in. “I think that viewing important dates in our human history helps bring things in perspective, as well as grasping the ephemeral aspect of our lives. While being aware that we are all part of a common story, no matter how small it is in the context of the universe, and we should celebrate each advancement in humanity, each personal milestone”, specifies the French artist.  The 3D printing process of getting the universe in your pocket  The 3D design of the mementos involves some automation, and the creators used the 3D software programs Rhino and Javascript to automate this part of the 3D printing process. The Space Time Coordinate mementos can be 3D printed in a variety of metals like brass, bronze, aluminum, silver, titanium and even gold, but Govy points out high-detail stainless steel for 3D printing: “It’s so detailed and it has a beautiful marble effect, which reminds me of a meteorite.” The French artist also wants to highlight how 3D printing was crucial for this project. Each piece is unique because it represents a special date in someone’s life: a birth, a wedding, etc., and 3D printing allows the customer to print a piece that’s one of a kind. “Without 3D printing, I might have given up on the project altogether! I’m thankful for the inventive spirit of the human race”, says Govy. Without 3D printing, I might have given up on the project altogether! I’m thankful for the inventive spirit of the human race Since Govy and Martin created a company for the STC products, she has come back to inventing new ideas for the project. Apart from 3D printing for future exhibitions, she is exploring new fields such as VR and learning how to use the 3D design software Blender.Discover all the projects which Govy is working on, read more about Martin’s orrery or just go straight to the Space Time Coordinates shop to buy one of their unique creations. Which special date would you like to carry around with you? If you’re thinking about launching your own 3D printing Kickstarter project, get inspired by these stories and upload your 3D files to our online platform to get a price and an estimated lead time for your 3D prints. Do you have an ongoing 3D printing project? Let us know on social media with the hashtag #imaterialise.

Art and 3D Printing: Meet Curious Artist Koenraad Van Daele

3D printing is a very broad concept that includes many different technologies, materials and even 3D design software. This also means there is a world of possibilities for creative artists willing to experiment like Koenraad Van Daele. As a longtime friend of i.materialise, this Belgian artist is a good example of a curious mind experimenting with diverse 3D printing materials and sizes. Welcome to the 3D-printed world of Koen Van Daele! Van Daele studied art and sculpture in Brussels and Carrara (Italy) where he explored clay modeling, molding and stone sculpture. In the late nineties, he bought his first computer with vector software and everything changed for him. Computers, graphic software, digital design and system development became his part-time job. Today he develops websites and online systems, does graphic design and has even co-founded a non-profit organization with a socio-artistic cause. Thanks to 3D design and 3D printing he has rediscovered his love of sculpture. When did you start using 3D printing for your art? I registered at Tinkercad in January 2012 and placed my first order at i.materialise in December 2012. Between 2005 and 2008, I worked a lot with Macromedia Flash animation software. I also made some flipbooks and discovered François Willème’s work in photosculpture. So I was looking for a way or a method to go from 2D vector drawings to 3D. Autodesk 123D was very helpful at the time! With those tools, I was able to scan objects and turn them into digital 3D files. I scanned a wooden mannequin and separated and enhanced all the parts in Meshmixer. From that moment onwards, I realised that I could work 100% in a digital environment and that digitally modeling the human figure went much faster than clay modeling. I realised that I could work 100% in a digital environment and that digitally modeling the human figure went much faster than clay modeling. Where do you get your inspiration from as a 3D printing artist? A lot of my work is inspired by what happens or which objects can be found in an artist’s studio.  The digital studio only requires a computer, a table and a chair. I questioned myself what to do with objects that were significant in the past like chisels, hammers, an easel, a sculpture table, the model, a drawing, a mold, etc. A significant work about this is Still Life with Easel and Sculpture Table printed in polymer and finished with blue spray paint. But today’s inspiration can come from different corners. I can be challenged by an open call, by a theme presented by a colleague, by other artists like Walker Evans, by a technical process or by what’s happening on my screen. A picture in a newspaper inspired My Funny Valentine. Today’s inspiration can come from different corners. I can be challenged by an open call, by a theme presented by a colleague, by other artists, by a technical process or by what’s happening on my screen. How is your creative process? How do you get from the idea to a 3D print? My latest work is a ring with a group of eight figures. The theme is curiosity and I suppose it came to my mind while reading philosophy. I opened a file in Meshmixer with one figure (my silent partner), duplicated it and moved all the body parts so the two figures were standing face to face and holding their hands like binoculars. I duplicated the group four times and positioned them in a circle. The duplication was possible because it’s one of the key features in Meshmixer. The other one is the smoothing tool. The trouble with a ring is that it has to fit, so I designed and ordered several sizes (2 mm step) and colors in polyamide (SLS). You 3D print models with different sizes and purposes. Do you work differently depending on the pieces you are working on? My work has roots in figurative sculpture. For me, digital 3D design has no scale and on the screen there is no gravity. A standing figure with no support falls over but with a hole, it becomes a pendant. A large print of a bracelet can become a sculpture. It’s a playground! A lot of things can happen around a finger or an arm, even drama. Large prints cost more money and that also makes a difference. Digital 3D design has no scale and on the screen there is no gravity. A standing figure with no support falls over but with a hole, it becomes a pendant. A large print of a bracelet can become a sculpture. It’s a playground! You also use different materials for your creations. Does your creative process depend on the material you will use? Every material has specifications, design rules, finishes and pricing. I love ceramics because of the glazing and maybe because it’s close to clay, which I used a lot in the past for modeling. I have no favourite at this moment, but my favourite could be a sustainable weatherproof material that needs no further finish for the outdoors. I am sure the future will surprise us with new materials and finishes. Sometimes I choose alumide for 3D printing for the extra sparkle: it contains a Christmas atmosphere. A challenge could be to design a wearable that is part alumide and part polyamide. What are you working on at the moment? The ring with the eight figures encouraged me to design a matching bracelet. A bracelet has more surface area with more figures and a story. Apart from that, I would like to experiment with code to find out how it can act as a guide for an image or for an object. I recently bought myself an Arduino (an open-source electronics platform) starter’s kit to experiment with servo and programming code. Find out about this 3D printing artist on his website and social media platforms and get inspired by his diverse creations. If you want to follow in Van Daele’s

First look inside Ackuretta’s dual build Diplo 3D printer

Ackuretta is a professional digital light processing (DLP) 3D printer manufacturer from Taiwan’s Neihu District in Taipei City. The forthcoming desktop Diplo model was first previewed at Formnext in Frankfurt and adds to the existing Ackuray Series of enterprise 3D printers. As the company’s flagship 3D printer, the Diplo 3D is powered by advanced projector […]

150 Amazing Laser Cutter Projects And Ideas To Inspire You

Spark Your Creativity And Up Your Design Game With This List Of Laser Cut Ideas

Whether you’re new to making and looking for a place to start or you’re a seasoned maker who wants to expand in new directions or get a fresh take on your current path, do we have some laser cutter projects inspiration for you.

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The Beauty and Simplicity of Simply BU’s 3D-Printed World

Simply BU is the brand behind Burçin Urçak, a Turkish interior architect based in Belgium with a remarkable talent for 3D printing. She has brought her designing talents to the 3D printing world with stunning jewelry and accessories. This designer merges her interest for new technologies and materials with 3D printing, up-cycling and 3D game design. Welcome to the world of Simply BU! When and why did you decide to become a designer? Since my childhood, I have always been very creative. But despite knowing that I love designing, I never thought about doing it professionally. After high school, trying to understand who I was and what I wanted to do in my life, I participated in a month of art classes at an art school thanks to a suggestion from my parents. The course included photography, interior design, painting and more. After that, I realized I couldn’t live without designing: it’s who I am and I decided to go for it. Where do you get your inspiration from? Generally, I am inspired by geometric forms. For example, I have many square and cubic designs. However, for my last designs, I got inspired by nature and Voronoi Patterns. Now I play with more curvy and organic forms. How would you sum up your style in a few words? The beauty of simplicity. What is your normal workflow for a new project? Contrary to most designers, I do not really sketch. When I am inspired, I directly have my version of the form in my mind and I draw it in a 3D program, make copies and start playing with different versions of the idea. I find it clearer to work with a 3D model than a drawing. After modeling, then comes the most important part for me: prototyping. I test the design by printing it with my own printer. For some designs, I remember doing at least ten prototypes in order to find the correct thickness, strength, comfort, fluent form and a better reaction from the customer. I find prototyping is an ongoing process. When I was designing in the beginning, I was more careless, but nowadays when I design, I have learned to pay more attention to the printability of the design for the material I want to use. I pay more attention to its technical details, thickness, unnecessary and heavy vertex information, etc. So my workflow still changes with experience, designing and testing more. What is your favorite 3D printing material to work with? My favorite material is polyamide. It’s affordable for the designer and the customers. I also really like the fact that it can be painted literally in any color. A polyamide print can be turned into a unique piece by playing with the tone of colors, like ombre dyeing techniques or painting in multiple colors. The number of options gives so much freedom to the designer. Which 3D modeling software do you use? I use Blender to model.  It’s open-source, very easy to use and it has very artistic modifiers that save a lot of time for certain complex models. It helps me a lot as I make a lot of copies of one idea and I can still go back and change the model very easily without getting lost in thousands of vertexes. What is the main advantage of using 3D printing for your designs? With 3D printing it’s possible to manufacture very detailed, complex designs that may not be possible or would be very hard and time-consuming to be manufactured by other traditional methods or certain materials. It also offers different material choices. One design can be printed in many different materials. I love that it offers so much freedom! When and how did you get introduced to the world of 3D printing? I got introduced to the world of 3D printing in 2010 when I was still studying architecture in Belgium. I saw some examples of architectural models and the following years after that I saw more DIY 3D printers from makers and Fablabs. At the end of 2014, I got my own 3D printer and I got more and more involved with the technology since then. What is the biggest challenge you face in your jewelry business? My biggest challenge is to turn some extreme, possibly uncomfortable models into usable, comfortable pieces of jewelry. As I use a lot of square and cubic forms, some of my rings have sharp edges. Most people are already not used to square rings and uncomfortable forms make them question them even more. So my challenge is to find a way to soften sharp forms but still keep the identity of the piece. How is 3D printing improving your creative business? The most important thing is that 3D printing makes things very efficient. I should say I support the designers that make handmade, artisan products but that process requires the designer to be there from the first step to the last. You have to be fully present and dedicate yourself to a relatively long making process. With 3D printing, after designing and prototyping, you are ready to go. For me, 3D printing is a smart, creative way of doing business. With less working hours and effort, you create time and energy to do anything you want.   Discover more about the Simply BU jewelry pieces on Burçin’s online shop and get inspired by her beautiful Facebook and Instagram feeds. Learn more about polyamide (SLS) and how laser sintering works to understand the possibilities of 3D printing with this material and technology. Once your designs are ready to 3D print, you can upload them to our online 3D printing platform.  

Blueberries: 3D-Printed Jewelry that goes to Infinity and Beyond

When designer Zbyněk Krulich and jewelry maker Markéta Richterová met in 2012 during the blueberry season, their jewelry brand, Blueberries, was born. That very same year they were awarded the Czech Grand Design Award for the best jewelry of the year. Since then, this 3D-printed luxury jewelry brand based in Prague hasn’t stopped creating beautiful jewelry collections, which combine abstract geometry and natural patterns. In 2017, they launched their new collection, Infinity, and we wanted to know all about it, as well as the source of their inspiration and their passion for 3D printing. Warning: this interview can seriously inspire your 3D printing imagination!  When and why did you decide to start Blueberries? Zbyněk has been working with 3D printing since 2003 for his architectural and design work and Markéta is a jewelry maker, well-known for her experiments with non-traditional materials and technologies in this field. It was only a matter of time that we would do something together with 3D printing. The very first design for a bracelet was made in 2006 but we had to wait until 2012 to print it. In 2010 we started working with i.materialise and it was the first time that we found a producer with great quality and affordable prices. Where do you get your inspiration from? Our whole lives, we have been investigating nature and life itself. It may sound cliché but this is how it really is. We are not scientists; we are designers, but we love to learn about nature from great minds like Stuart Kauffman, Nick Lane, Albert-Lászlo Barabási or Brian Greene. So here we are, surrounded by emerging patterns, forms and shapes: this is our perception of reality and we try to incorporate these ideas into our designs. We would sum it up as a combination of abstract geometry, art and natural patterns. It’s holistic and futuristic yet gentle and on a human scale. What is your normal workflow for a new jewelry project? First we come up with a background story and an idea that is the core of the conceptualization phase. With the concept in mind, we do the first designs with a 3D software program, and we do iterations for the prototyping phase. With the prototype printed we make more iterations for the final design to get the perfect final results. The whole process also includes hand-made work and finishing, creating images, photos and other materials. We are getting a better understanding of the 3D printing technologies and how to design for 3D printing, which is crucial because we are always working on the edge of what it is possible to make with 3D printing. We were lucky that the Infinity collection was almost ready on the first attempt. We would like thank Olga Naidonova, from the Engineers Support team in i.materialise, who is always helping us with the production of our pieces. For this collection, we consulted our first designs with her and the team before sending them to the 3D printers. What is your favorite material to work with? At the moment it’s silver because it’s a very versatile material. We can easily work with it in our jewelry workshop as well. Gold-plated brass has also been a favorite of ours for a long time because it’s affordable and it looks great. In the future, we would like to work with solid gold. Which 3D modeling software do you use? We use Houdini by SideFX for design. It has a node-based workflow where you are building everything in a procedural way. Instead of moving vertices we are creating small systems to manipulate data in 3D. For the final analysis and export we use Meshmixer. What is the main advantage of using 3D printing for your designs? 3D printing has several important advantages for us. First of all, 3D printing allows the biggest freedom of design. We are not designing the exact shape but we are generating it by a simple set of rules. This is easily done on a digital platform but very time-consuming with real material. With 3D printing, you can design complex shapes and inner structures that you can then easily print. On the other hand, 3D printing is by far the best way to produce pieces with complex designs like ours. It is almost impossible to do it by hand: it will take so much effort and time to do it that you will end up with one or two pieces of art which can’t be repeated. 3D printing is the best technology for repeated items and mass customization since you can print almost any form with many variations and sizes. Finally, 3D printing is great to keep development costs down. With the rapid prototyping offered by i.materialise we started Blueberries with a small initial investment, without having to spend on technology, machines, workshop or expensive molds. What inspired you for the designs of your new collection Infinity? The latest Infinity jewelry collection is based on the concepts of a never-ending process, repetition and non-definiteness. The jewelry in this collection reflects the shape of the Möbius band, fractals and tessellation, perfectly representing our notion of infinity. The collection is deliberately futuristic but at the same time classical or even old-fashioned, showing the way we cope with infinity, time, and a continuous process. All Blueberries’ collections are based on precise geometry that grows from irregular foundations, and this is most pronounced in the Infinity collection. At first sight, the individual pieces of our jewelry seem to have been composed of repeating patterns, but when examining them closer, one can find details that look different: similarly to the way it is in the Universe or in nature. After all, the universe and its vast scale have been a great inspiration for our collection, even though the Infinity jewelry looks gentle and on a human scale. The Infinity collection includes fine small-sized earrings for everyday use, as well as pieces designed for special occasions. It is available in different materials and finishes such