Autodesk’s Ember 3D printer can create complex, high-resolution objects for the casting of jewellery.
Autodesk developed the Ember printer as a reference device for Spark, its open 3D printing platform, to show how tightly integrated software and hardware can deliver an improved user experience. By using digital-light stereolithography to cure liquid resins, Ember creates complex, high-resolution objects, which is desirable for the casting of jewellery.
The Ember printer also offers a rapid build speed, having the capability to produce up to ten model rings in an hour or up to twenty model rings in less than 90 minutes.
ArtCAM JewelSmith has been developed specifically to allow jewellery manufacturers to increase productivity, improve quality and deliver new designs more quickly, by combining their craft skills and creativity with the power and precision of computer-aided manufacturing. The software includes a gem library, which can be added to by the user, and the KeyShot rendering system, which creates extremely accurate and lifelike images for either customers or retailers to view, or for the production of catalogues and other marketing materials.
ArtCAM JewelSmith makes it much easier to create complex designs, with a new ‘putty’ tool. This allows models to be edited by picking an area to be moved, swirled, pinched or puckered. It will be especially valuable when creating a series of variants on a repeating element in a design or subtly changing fine details within a model. In addition, many of the modelling options, including the new tool, now show the results of changes in real time.
Functionality currently under development at Delcam to be shown at TCT Show will allow the 2015 R2 release of ArtCAM JewelSmith to support 3D printing with Ember and other 3D printers.