3D printing technology is creating its own space in the world of design, especially as far as jewelry is concerned, because of its many advantages. At the aesthetic level, the degree of detail and complexity achieved would be practically impossible or at least prohibitively costly to obtain through traditional techniques.
This implies fundamentally two things, both very positive. On the one hand, it allows designers to be more creative in their designs by not having to adjust to specific molds that require a certain simplicity to execute the pieces successfully. On the other hand, the reduction of costs and the facilitation of the productive process opens up a myriad of possibilities to creative minds previously limited by the complicated processes of execution.
In this way, the three dimensions impression approaches the general public in the form of everyday and beautiful objects, leaving behind the conception of this technique as something linked exclusively to the scientific field. The following designers are just a few examples.
This Brooklyn-born architect not only employs 3D as a technique but also designs his creations from the concept of “depth” both visually in terms of composition and in the narrative question.
Dabrowski’s rings, necklaces and bracelets tell stories. The series “Multiply like rabbits“ shows small rabbits in many situations, mostly facing the abyss. While his architectural series has a meaning and personal value linked to his childhood. “I grew up in a brick building in Brooklyn, so I associated the brick wall as a refuge from my introverted childhood. The bow became a metaphorical portal through which I could express myself, “he says. And following this, he created the “brick arch” ring.
All of his jewelry pieces are available in three different color finishes: brass, bronze and silver.
Juan Carlos Baumgartner
This Mexican architect got into the world of jewelry almost by chance and as a way to use his 3D printer. So, knowing his possibilities, he created his first two prototypes: a pair of bracelets for his two daughters in which he could read the layout of his neighborhood.
Taking advantage of the potential of this technology, what began as a gift evolved in a whole line of jewelry inspired by the urbanistic paths of iconic colonies of Mexico City like El Pedregal, La Condesa or El Centro.
Is the mind and hands behind Collected Edition, a jewelry and accessories firm for both women and men that has given a turn to the traditional and modern way of understanding 3D printing, full of geometric and smooth shapes, giving her pieces a touch of romantic craftsmanship inspired by nature.
Kasia studied fashion design and art history at the Pratt Institute and worked for luxury brands such as Vera Wang or J. Mendel but did not like the inaccessibility of that market. “3D printing has more equality, if you have a strong design direction and are willing to invest enough time and energy to learn how to design 3D the world is in your hands,” she said.
As for her line of jewelry, the collection contains rings and pendants with floral motifs and available in a wide variety of finishes. Brass, bronze, sterling silver and gold (white, yellow and pink).
Among her designs are the wreaths, printed in nylon and with a finish in a matte porcelain effect, which are incredibly light. The degree of detail she gets in each petal and every small part of the flower is spectacular thanks to the use of 3D technology.
The male line is composed of pins for necktie and boutonnieres also with floral motifs and different finishes. An original way to accessorize a suit for a special event.
The idea of this designer was to create something beautiful and permanent that went beyond a simple inert material. Plants are beautiful, they help clean the air we breathe and the fact of wearing them can be a good point to start a conversation, why leave them at home?
This is how “Wearable Planter” is born, small cubicles printed in 3D and hand finished by Colleen that combine technology and nature in the form of a pendant, pin or accessory for the bicycle. Each of these portable “mini-pots” carry a bud, a succulent or a flower.
Ease in the use and infinite possibilities: the two keys that make creative minds of all kinds to open to 3D techniques and translate their ideas, this time in the form of jewelry.
Translated by Raquel Sanchez