The Figure 4™ 3D printing platform has been unveiled for the first time in 2017. Over time the system has been leveraged by companies from various industries such as the hearing aid industry, telecommunications, and 3D printing service bureaus.
3D Systems has announced, it has optimized the system so that it fits the Jewellery industry. Still at its early beginning, a report from the research company Technavio predicts the growth of the 3D printed jewelry market of 26% over the next four years.
The new upgrade includes an optimization across hardware, software and materials in order to deliver application-specific production solutions. With the new 3D printing platform, jewellery specialists could achieve specific production workflows including jewelry casting patterns, master patterns for molds, and prototype/fit check models.
The addition of two solutions into the Figure 4 Jewelry solution
The Figure 4’s non-contact membrane technology and the MicroPointTM support structures have been integrated into the 3D printer. The combination of these solutions reduces part-to-support interaction leading in high speed and the smoothest sidewalls and finest resolution for jewelry applications.
The system will still be leveraged with the 3D Sprint® software of the manufacturer. However, this time, it will include proprietary print build styles developed specifically for jewelry, both for thin, delicate geometries, as well as thicker geometries. Users will be able to optimize jewelry prints with detail for settings, sharp prongs, fine mesh and more.
With a print speed of 16 mm/hr at 30 um layer resolution and projection-based imaging, 3D Systems claims the Figure 4 Jewelry can print a full platform of rings at up to 4X faster than comparable printing systems.
“Jewelry manufacturing demands flexible, scalable and affordable 3D printing that can deliver the highest quality parts in the shortest time,” said Mo Kinj, managing partner, 3D Middle East LLC – a member of 3D Systems’ reseller network. “With Figure 4 Jewelry, there was no compromise on part quality or CAD-to-cast workflow efficiency whether the job was investment casting, silicone molding or try-on prototyping. The system is fast, reliable and accurate. Figure 4 Jewelry allows jewelry manufacturing to be two or even three times more productive and cost-effective compared to traditional methods and alternative desktop printers.”
The new platform is available exclusively through 3D Systems Reseller Network.
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