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#1

I was wondering if are there any members here that use 3d printer? If
so is it worth the investment? Thanks


#2

I have found it really depends on your production.

I have the envisiontec machine. Which I can grow 7-10 pieces Like 3
stone rings or solitaires. The grow plate is roughly 60x40 mm.

The advantage to the envisiontec is it grows all 7-10 rings
simultaneously. Which decreases the production time.

I am about to purchase a solidacape for the more delicate pieces.
Reason being is solidacape takes about 3 times as long but it is a
real wax with fewergrow lines.

Feel free to call me if you have any further questions.

I can send you a sample of the evisiontec “waxes” and let you cast.

Cheers
Gene


#3

It depend s on what you plan to do with it. We have a dws 029 which
can do approx. 100 rings at the same time. We do prints for clients
everyday. It is costly investment but it pays off. If you are doing
just your own look into B9 Creator for around 5k. You also have to
consider the cad training and software and time invested in learning
curve for both the machine and cad.

Russ Hyder
The Jewelry Cad Institute.


#4

It depend s on what you plan to do with it. We have a dws 029 which
can do approx. 100 rings at the same time. We do prints for clients
everyday. It is costly investment but it pays off. If you are doing
just your own look into B9 Creator for around 5k. You also have to
consider the cad training and software and time invested in learning
curve for both the machine and cad.

Russ Hyder
The Jewelry Cad Institute.


#5

Our county library recently put a small 3D printer in all its
branches. The main library has a larger one which I have not seen.
They give you instructions on how to create a file for them to use.
There is a small charge depending on the amount of plastic used for
your item. Plastic only, no wax. The result is quite ridged, watching
them grow is interesting. The county is Carroll County, Maryland.

I gather that the small unit is fairly inexpensive. Of course it
would not be of any use to a real jewelry company, but maybe for an
amateur who just wants to see how it works, and to see their design
in 3D.

Noralie


#6

ok so you already are in, definitely wax is better tan PLA also in
terms of resolution,

cheers


#7
ok so you already are in, definitely wax is better tan PLA also in
terms of resolution, 

wax or resin, the resolution is determined by the printer type.
Don’t expect to get fine scale results out of a filament extruder.
You can still do art and some jewelery, especially with post printing
treatment etc.

for prototyping though - unequalled.

wrt lost part casting, non wax polymers by all accounts are
problematic. I have some things I’d like to try when I get my Tiko,
but for now it comes down to much longer and difficult (and smelly)
burnout times…