3D printing has allowed many young, new designers to enter the world of jewelry making, but when long time experts in jewelry making get involved, the results can be even more impressive. Nemesi, a leader in Italian high-end jewelry manufacturing, decided to make its amazing expertise and capabilities available to new designers through a service called Pronto3D.
The idea comes from two of the younger employees at the company: Gabriele Becattini, in charge of Nemesi’s battery of 10 3D Systems MJM 3510HD machines working with both resin and wax, and Sergio De Cristofaro, who covers quality control. In their spare time, they have begun to set up the website, which is still in alpha testing. Visiting the page you have the possibility to register with your email to receive updates on when the service will actually become available to the public.
“We felt that there are a lot of great designers out there and we wanted to make our advanced 3D printing technologies and expertise accessible to them by eliminating the high entry costs,” De Cristofaro explained. “All they need to do is upload the 3D model they have designed and ask for us to make it real.”
To do this, Pronto3D will use Nemesi’s trademark “elettorfusione” (electrofusion) process, a type of lost wax casting invented by the company several years ago. “We were basically the first to seriously implement the lost wax process for prototypes, even before prototypes began to be made with 3D printers. Once that happened, though, we we able to offer a whole new range of possibilities.”
Nemesi’s jewels are incredibly thin, something that can only be achieved with resin-based materials, which are capable of reaching extreme resolutions. The wax offers different possibilities: though lower resolution, they yield a shinier polish in the final product. The most intricate aspect of the jewels, though, is the thread. “The 2D threads are the aspect that make the jewel truly stand out. Every jeweler has its own styles,” explains Gabriele Becattini. “The most difficult part is placing it on a 3D model, making it so that it can actually print out.”
“Our 3D Systems machines allow us to create multi-material objects with soluble supports, which means that we can make products that are hollow inside, as single pieces,” Becattini continued. The selection of jewels that Nemesi makes is truly infinite and, soon, these capabilities could be available to anyone, anywhere in the world. That is the power of 3D printing, the power to make products like these.