When you want to move uptown from funky, plastic 3D-printed jewelry, you now have more options.
Starting with a new resin from MadeSolid, which has just released Firecast resin, designed specifically for investment casting, the process commonly used to turn 3D prints into jewelry. Conveniently, and coincidentially, Shapeways, the 3D print service company, has just expanded the high end materials available to its customers. The new precious metals: Platinum, 18k Gold, 14k Rose Gold, and 14k White Gold.
Want the best of both worlds? Take a cue from the wedding industry, where one enterprising jeweler, Brilliance, lets prospective customers order plastic versions of expensive rings: to test ring size, and various diamond shapes and sizes, before ordering the real thing.
Customers with 3D printers can download the files and print the mockups themselves.
Everybody happy with the fit, the shape, and the size? Now you can cast your jewelry idea in precious metal.