Abstract

For my Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, I completed a personal exploration of 3D printing with metal to create a fine jewelry series that was inspired by coral. I wanted to create an eco-conscious jewelry collection that would serve as a reminder of the coral bleaching events of 2016 and 2017.

I made a total of eleven rings that were designed in Rhinoceros, a CAD program. I wanted to compare the results of 3D printed metal from Shapeways.com to my own investment casting process using the equipment located in the Center for Visual Arts. Shapeways.com is a company that 3D prints objects layer by layer in a variety of materials, including metal. The piece is received nearly finished, but requires minimal filing and sanding to smooth out the lines from the printing process. Shapeways allows for identical, perfect objects each time, but comes at a higher price.

I learned many things about the casting process including how detailed and intricate my designs could be, which designs work best as 3D prints, which work better as investment castings, and I gained invaluable experience in stone setting. I learned that shapeways will be an invaluable tool for my future as a jewelry designer, allowing me to work from home before I can afford to have a studio.

Modified Abstract

I completed an exploration of 3D printing with metal to create an eco-conscious fine jewelry collection that could serve as a conversation starter about climate change and the coral bleaching events of 2016 and 2017.

I made eleven rings that were designed in Rhinoceros 3D. I wanted to compare the results of 3D prints from Shapeways.com to my own investment casting process. Shapeways.com is a company that 3D prints objects in a variety of materials, including metal. Shapeways allows for identical, perfect objects each time, but comes at a higher price.

I learned about the designing process including how detailed my designs could be, which designs work best as 3D prints or investment castings, and I gained experience working as an independent artist.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Ashley SmithFollow

Primary Author's Major

Crafts

Mentor #1 Information

Rachel Suzanne Smith

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Metal and Jewelry Arts

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Apr 5th, 1:00 PM

Digital Fabrication of a Coral Ring Series

For my Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, I completed a personal exploration of 3D printing with metal to create a fine jewelry series that was inspired by coral. I wanted to create an eco-conscious jewelry collection that would serve as a reminder of the coral bleaching events of 2016 and 2017.

I made a total of eleven rings that were designed in Rhinoceros, a CAD program. I wanted to compare the results of 3D printed metal from Shapeways.com to my own investment casting process using the equipment located in the Center for Visual Arts. Shapeways.com is a company that 3D prints objects layer by layer in a variety of materials, including metal. The piece is received nearly finished, but requires minimal filing and sanding to smooth out the lines from the printing process. Shapeways allows for identical, perfect objects each time, but comes at a higher price.

I learned many things about the casting process including how detailed and intricate my designs could be, which designs work best as 3D prints, which work better as investment castings, and I gained invaluable experience in stone setting. I learned that shapeways will be an invaluable tool for my future as a jewelry designer, allowing me to work from home before I can afford to have a studio.