Case Studies

Ceramic Jewellery

Ceramic Jewellery

Ceramic Jewellery created by Award-winning jeweller Clare Price. Her “wearable three-dimensional Valentines” reflect her interest in the narrative of expressions of love, and the sentimentality of jewellery. As a body of work, Valentine Series 2 explores Prices’s parallel fascination with fashion and new fast evolving technology.

Ceramic Jewellery

Specifically the way it facilitates the creation of forms that can explore 3D printed porcelain’s potential as a jewellery medium.

The white colour of these pendants allows textures and forms to be explored_without distraction. Whilst 18K gold accents imbue each piece with a sense of preciousness.

Ceramic Jewellery

This body of work explores the possibilities of ceramic jewellery created with additive manufacture. The fragile appearance yet durable quality of the material, enhanced with 18ct gold detail, creates an inherently luxurious product.

Claire continues to explore this technology in a commercial context. Testing the level of detail and tolerances of the material whilst developing tactile forms and textures which are pleasing to the consumer, resulting in heirlooms that portray a sense of romanticism through the symbolism, material choice and colour palette of the jewellery.

To learn more about the technology used to produce these parts please visit our relevant product page.

Jewellery is where creativity and technology come together

Certainly 3D Matters worked with Claire to produce her beautiful jewellery and were proud to be part of such innovation. We create geometries that are impossible to make without 3D printing.

So using 3D printing to create jewellery is a prefect example of many applications. Typical applications include, aerospace, aviation, investment casting, electronic, optical, medical and luxury markets.

Secondly and most controversially, ceramic materials should replace many parts made of metal. Certainly, we believe it is likely these applications would benefit from the material properties of technical ceramics.

Ceramic or Metal

Being more complicated to produce by regular processes than steel, alumina is not often used for this application even though it is the most suitable material. Indeed, this ceramic can withstand temperatures up to 1500°C. Moreover, it’s wear and corrosion resistance is higher than that of metal, prolonging the useful life of the part. Importantly, the internal channels of a venturi burner are quite complex to produce using conventional ceramic manufacturing processes.

Thus, making a custom designed venturi burner in ceramic impossible without ceramic 3D printing. Alumina made parts are not more complicated than other materials to produce. 3D printing makes it possible to print internal channels, hollowed out parts as well as overhangs. Moreover, by internalising the process, producing a part requires less than a week offering great flexibility to designers.

3D Matters have searched the market for the best fully functional and proven capable technologies. It is for this reason that we are proud to work with the leading manufacturers of Additive Manufacturing equipment and as a result partner with 3D Ceram and Nanoe.

Materials

For a Venturi burner a material that resists heat and flame is critical. Ceramic 3D printing uses the same materials used in conventional process. So you will see it is possible to create parts in alumina, zirconia, silicon nitride which have the following properties;

  • Good mechanical strength
  • High hardness
  • Resistance to thermal shock
  • Very resistance to wear
  • Good electrical insulation
  • Resistant to corrosion; liquids, gas and abrasion
  • Biocompatible
  • Review the material properties of ceramics used in our printers by visiting our materials guide.
Applications

Venturi burners are just one example of how ceramic 3d printing can be a fabulously helpful technology. Additionally, typical applications include, aerospace, aviation, investment casting, electronic, optical, medical and luxury markets. Secondly and most controversially, ceramic materials should replace many parts made of metal. Certainly, we believe is is likely these applications would benefit from the material properties of technical ceramics. In short, if you would like to discuss a project where the material properties of ceramic could help please get in touch.

In conclusion, we specialise in the design, printing and post processing of hard-wearing materials including ceramic and metals. Could the materials properties of ceramic be an advantage to your next project?

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