Jewelers use Ultimaker to prototype custom rings
Goldsmith Uses Ultimaker 3D Printer As a Tool to Prototype Custom Rings
Ultimaker, a leading 3D printer manufacturer, has broken into a new area of design innovation with Paul Steenbrink, a jewelry designer. Steenbrink uses an Ultimaker 2 Go 3D printer to create a prototype of the rings he designs to show to clients before crafting the final version.
Steenbrink crafts his “Face-to-Face” rings out of steel, silver and gold. Being able to visualize the shape and size of the rings with a 3D printed model before they are made helps customer’s make last minute changes and also feel confident with their choices. This step saves Steenbrink time and money and also ensures customers are always pleased.
It is exciting for us to see how Paul is using the Ultimaker 2 Go in different ways. Paul Steenbrink is pushing the boundaries of jewelry design by not only using the printer as a tool in his design process, but also as a communication tool.
Steenbrink creates unique and original rings designs for his clients which feature the wearer or a loved one’s face profile on the outer edge. To create a ring in his “Face-to-Face” collection, Steenbrink draws a picture of a face’s profile which is then placed onto a ring.
Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europa and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing.