We are pleased to announce our partnership with Formlabs, the designer & manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, in order to provide to jewelers a smooth and faster process between the 3D design and the 3D printing. As the go-to jewelry CAD program in the industry, Formlabs’ software integration with 3DESIGN will enable jewelry designers to take any model from the program’s design environment and transfer it to Formlabs’ Preform software to begin the printing process.
This partnership with Formlabs came from our companies common core values to provide an all-in-one turnkey solution perfectly suited to the challenges and specificities of the jewelry market. Providing high precision prototypes with intuitive and easy-to-use interfaces are strengths shared by Gravotech’s 3DESIGN and Formlabs. Both our technologies allow great design flexibility to jewelry professionals without limiting creativity. With this partnership, we are making the transition from software to machine (and vice-versa) even easier than before. Going from ideas to prototypes in a single day has always been a goal for most jewelry creators (manufacturers, retailers, designers, hobbyists..) and it is also an important motivation behind this partnership.
Thanks to 3DESIGN parametric construction and with his Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Isaac Cohen prints multiple rings at once so that his client can try on the same design in different proportions. These try-on rings give Isaac’s customers a deeper sense of ownership over the design process. He explains, "You’ve got to have the right size ring for the right sized hand. If it’s well-proportioned, it looks way better."
Before 3D printing, Isaac was limited to hand-carved waxes or expensive prototypes from service bureaus. Hand-carving was tedious and imperfect; it was impossible to achieve a consistent, symmetrical shape by hand.
Using CAD and a printer helps me to a technical level that I couldn't achieve on my own.The beauty of the fingerprint pieces is that every piece is one of a kind. I had to figure out a way though to offer it to stores because I sell to store all over the country.To find a way to combine technology and hand crafted pieces: I feel like I have the best job in the world.
The advantage of using 3D printers for jewelry manufacturing is that when you design something, you press print and have it the next day."