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Futuristic 3D Printed Jewelry by VOJD

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Based in Berlin, VOJD is an exclusive studio merging radical styles and cutting edge production with their luxury 3D printed jewelry.

White Noise 3D printed jewelry  by VOJD Studios
White Noise 3D printed jewelry by VOJD Studios

VOJD Studios combine futuristic styles with futurist production. Each piece is 3D Printed, and hand-finished. Based in Berlin, the very exclusive studio is focused on bringing a new component to the luxury jewelry industry.

The small company hasn’t simply included 3D printed jewelry for an added “wow” factor; they designed themselves around this concept, and created a new style from the ground up. Their designs are so intricate and delicate it would be near impossible to create them by hand. Only through the medium of 3D Printing can they be fully realized.

“These pieces have no margin for error within their designs,” VOJD designers have stated in an interview for 3D Printshow. “3D printing removes this margin in the production process, as the computer does exactly as you instruct.”

The jewelry’s personality creates a space that combines old and new. Ancient and the year 3,000. Browsing their collections is like stepping into another world, and each collection has its own story.

White Noise embodies the image of DNA, data patterns and electrical currents; Phase Precious incorporates a “Moire” effect, using intricate patterns to create shapes the wearer’s each movement; Translucent uses light and symmetry to give a very distinct sci-fi feel.

3D Printed Jewelry: Trekking through uncharted territory

Phase Precious 3D printed jewelry by VOJD
Phase Precious 3D printed jewelry by VOJD

When we think of luxury fashion we tend to think of avant-garde, forward-thinking style. But the output of VOJD shows how the industry is, in reality, very traditional. Huge emphasis is placed on craftsmanship, and how the artist is able to construct their pieces by hand. The reality is “tried and true” methods yield consistent results, and many designers are comfortable playing it safe in regards to technology.

While fashion is certainly evolving and changing, traditional methods of production are hard to shake. Introducing 3D Printing separates the designer from the actual producer—a shift in roles that will undoubtedly have unforeseeable consequences in the future. Like any new area, 3D Printed jewelry is both making waves and fighting against the current. However, the entire VOJD brand seems ready to tackle this.

One of the most seductive parts of fashion is its ability to constantly develop and surprise. Seeing and foreseeing trends requires a lot of devotion and a willingness to adapt every day. Designers at VOJD describe the volatility of their new endeavor: they’re trekking through exciting new territory, making bold new decisions and finding themselves always surprised.

There are no 3D Fashion gurus to turn to; they have the opportunity, and responsibility, to make every decision themselves. While they could use more traditional means, VOJD is, if nothing else, embodying the spirit of the fashion industry and moving forward.


Evolving into a “zero-waste” industry

Tranlucent 3d printed jewelry by VOJD
Tranlucent 3d printed jewelry by VOJD

The biggest wave caused by 3D Printing designers is not just the necklaces and earrings they produce, but the opportunity they’ve given to the arts industry.

Already, new companies are taking 3D Printing in fashion to new levels—for example, the 4D printed, designed-only-for-your-body dresses from Nervous System. Huge hurdles still exist. The actual act of printing can be trying and time-consuming. Since it’s still in the early stages, a lot of tweaking and testing has to be done before you end up with the desired results. Another problem is weight and texture. Models and makers often complain that their results feel either too heavy or too flimsy to be practical.

But then there’s the question of waste. Once the testing is done and the printer knows exactly how to make their design a reality, there is virtually no waste when it comes to 3D Printing, whereas cotton farming involves using massive amounts of water.

In fact, the fashion industry is one of the world’s top water consumers. Shipping textiles, manufacturing, and every other step in the chain adds to the waste. Designers (and maybe one day consumers!) can print without shipping vast quantities of materials, or wasting unthinkable quantities of fuel. Depending on the material used to make jewelry and clothing, it’s possible designers could even re-use old clothes to simply print new ones.

3D Printing in fashion

Step 1 is already completed. Both companies and individuals are exploring how to use this new technology to create and inspire. The idea is out there, and it is a matter of time before designers master the new market and create thousands more.