3D Printing & Casting

We have an in house CAD designer employed straight from the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery and an offsite CAD designer with over thirty years of experience, who has been working with jewellery in CAD since it was first introduced to the industry.

The art of 3D printing in fine jewellery

The Jasmine sketched out by John Titcombe Fine Jewellery

Pic 1: 3D printers print a very delicate wax model

The finest precision and design.

After the CAD has been finalized a file is created and sent to 3D printing to be cast. This incredibly accurate technology creates wax models through the use of a 3D printer. We then scrutinize the delicate waxes to ensure that each detail is accurate and we are happy with the wax.

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The Jasmine CAD render by John Titcombe Fine Jewellery

Pic 1:A wax model printed from the 3D printer ready to be scrutinized by John

The next stage

The waxes are then attached to a tree and put into a large barrell and filled with investment powder which has similar properties to plaster of Paris. This forms the structure of the mold. Next, in the alloy of choice, molten liquid is poured into the mold through sprews (hollow tubes on the attached to each wax mold.) The barrel becomes so hot that the wax melts and you are left with a metal cast tree.

The waxes are then attached to a tree and put into a large barrell and filled with investment powder which has similar properties to plaster of Paris. This forms the structure of the mold. Next, in the alloy of choice, molten liquid is poured into the mould through sprews (hollow tubes on the attached to each wax mould.) The barrel becomes so hot that the wax melts and you are left with a metal cast tree.

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Pic 3: The casting ready to be hand set and finished

The casting

The plaster surrounding is broken away and we are left with a metal tree of castings. Each cast is cut off at the end of the sprew and sent to John Titcombe's team of goldsmiths to set any gemstones and hand finish. You can read about this by clicking here.

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