Additive manufacturing machines work from a digital model file using sophisticated digital tools. Those files have the potential to have an exact copy of a model that could be manipulated, changed, and reprinted in various materials and processes. Designing to create individual pieces, ranging from plastic to precious metals, requires understanding of the properties and processes involved in manufacturing each of them.
Currently, we produce our pieces in three different 3D printing technologies:
Selective Laser Sintering for our NYLON COLLECTION, that uses a laser to fuse together, layer by layer, the nylon powder. SLS is an adaptable method because there are almost no limitations on form. The nylon material is solid, strong and flexible and can withstand regular use.
Binder jetting technology for our STEEL COLLECTION. To build steel models, special 3D printers deposit small drops of glue onto layers of stainless steel powder, one layer at a time, until the print is complete. The models are carefully remove from the printer. At this stage of the process, the objects are very fragile, similar to wet sand. The models then go through an infusion process that replaces the glue with bronze, creating a full metal product. Models are then processed to achieve the desired finish and sprayed with a sealant.
Wax pattern 3D printing for our PRECIOUS METALS COLLECTION. 3D Printed Sterling Silver products are made using a three-step process. The products are created with a lost-wax casting process using a high-resolution 3D wax printer. The 3D printed wax model is put in a container and liquid plaster is poured around it to create a mold. After the plaster sets, the wax is melted out and molten silver is poured into the plaster mold. The plaster is then pulled away to reveal the silver and the finished product is polished for a smooth surface.
"Working in a range of different materials from metallic plastic to sterling silver, gold plated stainless steel and polished bronze demands me to research on their properties. This knowledge enables freedom to investigate ideas and develop the concepts in my work. "
“I am thrilled in exploring the aesthetic consequences of this fast evolving technology as it allow me to create objects with complex geometries that would be otherwise next to unachievable to make by hand or other traditional manufacturing methods.”