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As 3D printing advances and becomes more affordable, it’s become a popular medium for producing art and jewelry.
3D printers allow designers to experiment with shapes that would be impossible (or very difficult) to create with traditional techniques. Consumers can let them directly take control of jewelry production rather than relying on manufacturers or hand-crafted techniques.
The best place to buy 3D printed jewelry is through an online 3D printing market. Thousands of designers put their jewelry up for sale through these markets, offering a pleasant browsing experience.
Another way to get your hands on 3D printed jewelry is to order it printed yourself. Try doing a quick search on Thingiverse, a free online library of 3D printable files, to see if there’s any that catch your eye.
If you’ve already got a model in mind, consider looking for a 3D printing service. To find the best one for your needs, check out our . We provide real-time quotes from the most popular companies, including Shapeways, i.Materialise, and Sculpteo:
Shapeways is a professional 3D printing market for both creators and consumers. Any designer can set up their own pages featuring their 3D printed products. Just place your order through Shapeways, choose your desired material, and they’ll print and ship the design to you.
Depending on the specific design, Shapeways prints jewelry in a number of different materials:
For materials such as gold and silver, Shapeways uses the “lost-wax casting” technique. The jewelry is first 3D printed in high-resolution wax, which is used to create a mold. Molten metal is then poured into the mold, left to harden, and polished to shine.
For most other materials, Shapeways uses selective laser sintering (SLS) techniques to 3D print jewelry. Different powders are sintered together layer by layer, removed from the powder, and post-processed to give it additional strength.
With thousands of jewelry designs to choose from (and more every day!), Shapeways is one of the biggest markets for 3D printed jewelry out there.
i.Materialise is another great place to shop for 3D printed jewelry, very similar to Shapeways. Browse through their collection of creative designs or upload your own to get a rough estimate of the cost. You can even hire a designer to model a specific piece for you.
i.Materialise offers similar materials for 3D printing jewelry:
i.Materialise uses industrial-grade 3D printers to produce high-quality prints. Depending on the material, they use FDM printing, powder-based printing (eg. SLS), lost-wax printing, or resin-based 3D printing.
Resin-based printing (also known as stereolithography or SLA) uses liquid resin rather than filament or powder. A UV laser draws each layer of the model, solidifying the resin as it goes.
So what’s different between Shapeways and i.Materialise? For one thing, i.Materialise mainly ships within Europe while Shapeways is based in the US. As such, shipping costs for one service may be cheaper depending on your location.
Etsy is the classic online market for all things handmade… and 3D printed! With thousands of gorgeous pieces of 3D printed jewelry available, there’s certainly no lack of choice.
Since each purchase is produced by the seller, the quality of each 3D printed jewelry may not be as reliable as the 3D printing services above. Be sure to read reviews in order to pick a trustworthy seller.
Other than the big marketplaces listed above, there are plenty of independent designers and companies that specialize in 3D printed jewelry. Here are a few examples:
Love the idea of 3D printed jewelry? Read more about it:
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