news — March 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Platinum printed in 3D

The 3D printing has long been used for jewelry. But in most cases the jewels are of plastic, even though of good quality. Now, however, you can create platinum jewelry with the Cooksongold printer, British company that has developed a device in degrees to realize jewelry, starting from powder of the precious metal. The system offers the possibility of complex platinum jewelry production: it’s a fairly difficult metal to work with because of its resistance is brilliant, malleable, hypoallergenic and is a very strong material and even more durable than gold. The metal, say jewelers, it is prone to cracking or shrinkage during the milling process. Create jewelry with a 3D printer may solve the problem. The platinum powder can be printed in 3D and then the jewel can be milled and polished. No need for tools and dies, and prototypes can be made in a few hours. The printer, which can also be used to create jewelry in gold or silver, was presented at Baselworld. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the new method, Cooksongold and Platinum Guild International also commissioned two British designers to design and produce some test jewelry, as seen in the movie on this page. Federico Graglia

Gioielli di platino realizzati con la stampante 3D
Gioielli di platino realizzati con la stampante 3D
La successiva lavorazione di un bracciale di platino
La successiva lavorazione di un bracciale di platino
Il progetto Cad del gioiello
Il progetto Cad del gioiello

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