The jewelry industry uses 3D printing in many ways.
Uptown Diamond decided to incorporate 3D printing into its workflow because the company wanted to both speed up its manufacturing process and ensure a quality product. Cost cutting was also a large consideration. Rick Antona, the owner of Uptown Diamond, selected the ProJet MJP printer, intended for 100% RealWax microcasting and his business has steadily taken off from there.
With its ProJet, Uptown Diamond is able to print as many as 50 unique wax designs in ten hours. Alternatively, the company can print a single wax pattern in just two hours, which means that it now has the capability to cut and cast waxes for its customers in the same day.
Because there are no limitations to possible geometries, 3D printing has enabled creative experimentation in design. Uptown Diamond has had the opportunity to take on immensely intricate and personalized projects, including an engagement ring mimicking R2D2 for a pair of Star Wars lovers.