Before we dive into the world of 3D-printed jewelry, let’s first understand the term “3D printing”. There are two ways to create a product: adding matter or removing matter. 3D printing is essentially adding matter, but in layers. For example, the office printer can be considered a 3D printer; the ink is printed in very thin layers. Imagine what would happen if the printer would continue to print layer over layer rather than over paper – that is 3D printing. Instead of creating and printing a document, you can create a 3D file for the printer to print a 3D product.
3D printing is consistently evolving. There are always new and exciting developments happening all the time, such as advancing printer technology and printing techniques, materials and designs. 3D printing and the “knowledge revolution” together compose a new transformation in today’s world by changing the way we perceive products in our lives. These revolutions will change the way we consume or produce and the knowledge capabilities will become available to everyone.
The Application of 3D Printing in Other Disciplines
3D printing has been applied to other disciplines aside from jewelry such as medicine, construction, clothing, shoes, warfare and food. For example, houses and bridges can be constructed using 3D printing in order to help in visualizing what a new developed area can look like. In warfare, a free-access file for printing a gun that has the ability to fire bullets was distributed online. Since it is made of plastic this 3D printed weapon can pass any security check (CNN, May 7, 2013). With regards to the fashion industry, well, just imagine having the ability to print any piece of clothing or jewelry and wearing it immediately… artistic individualism!
Despite all of these innovations, we should keep in mind that this is a continuously developing industry and unfortunately is not easily accessible by many people. However, there are a few designers (such as myself) who understand 3D printer technology and can create crafted items. My website offers a wide range of 3D-printed jewelry items especially for you. Once you order your item, I will 3D print it for you and mail it to you as soon as possible so that you can enjoy your very own 3D-printed jewelry! All you have to do is pick your favorite design, and I will take care of the rest!