Do the New, Low-Cost Photopolymer 3D Printers Now Becoming Available Have a Place in the Jewelry Manufacturing Environment?

Cooper, Frank (2016) Do the New, Low-Cost Photopolymer 3D Printers Now Becoming Available Have a Place in the Jewelry Manufacturing Environment? In: Santa Fe Symposium, Albuquerque NM USA.

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Abstract

With the recent ending of a number of patents, along with a burgeoning home 3D
printing movement (e.g., Fab@Home,1 RepRap2), a huge and confusing number
of new, low-cost ‘home-user’ or ‘consumer-level’ printers have arrived onto the
3D printing scene. A possibly useful spin off from this for the jewelry industry
has been the emergence of a number of, principally but not exclusively, low-cost
digital micro-mirror device (DMD) printers.3,4 Many of these have been developed
specifically for or are capable of printing in castable resins (photopolymers),5
which are ideal for use in the jewelry lost-wax casting process. The second section
of this paper will compare the quality of the printed outputs from two or three of
these lower-cost DMD printers. The third section will begin to examine the quality
of the castings produced from the prints.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H100 General Engineering
H900 Others in Engineering
J200 Metallurgy
J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
W700 Crafts
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Jewellery
Depositing User: Frank Cooper
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 09:43
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 09:43
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4655

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