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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.  firecast-3d-printing-material-1Conveniently, and coincidentially, Shapeways, the 3D print service company, has just expanded the high end materials available to its customers. The new precious metals: Platinum18k Gold14k Rose Gold, and 14k White Gold.

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A ring available on Shapeways: in 14k rose gold, 14k white gold, and 18k 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.diamond
Everybody happy with the fit, the shape, and the size? Now you can cast your jewelry idea in precious metal.

DC Denison

DC Denison

DC Denison is the editor of The Maker Pro Newsletter, which covers the intersection of makers and business. That means hardware startups, new products, and market trends.

The former technology editor of The Boston Globe, DC is also interested in content management systems.

One of the places where DC can be found online is Google+ (which I’m adding here only because I want to see if by adding “rel=author” and “rel=me” to those two links I can get Google to display my picture in its search results.)

Hey, it works!


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