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October 2015
Why Additive Manufacturing is a high priority for future UK prosperity

The UK is built on innovation. Its genius for invention and creativity has shaped the world.

  • From television to world wide web
  • From the discovery of penicillin to in-vitro fertilisation
  • From the jet engine to graphene

Today our global economic footprint is a testament to those who have innovated before ……

but we cannot stand still!

Why Additive Manufacturing is a high priority for future UK prosperity  
 
 
September 2015
PRECIOUS Project Dissemination Event Presentations

Download the presentations from the PRECIOUS project dissemination event held on 20th August 2015 on the use of Additive Manufacturing in the jewellery industry. The event formed part of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the Birmingham School of Jewellery. Click on the presentations below to find out more:

Birmingham School of Jewellery  
 
 
 
August 2014
Design & Build Preparation Guidelines for AM of Jewellery

Jewellery manufacturing has evolved greatly and now Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes are being used to overcome geometrical limitations of traditional casting methods. AM techniques have opened up design possibilities by allowing complex geometries to be created direcly from 3D CAD data within hours and without any tooling. These guidelines cover the whole process - design, build preparation, post-processing - providing tips and advice along the way.

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Design & Build Preparation Guidelines  
 
'Creating the Ojo' booklet

After a jewellery piece has been designed and before it can be manufactured, three core activities must be performed:

  • Pre-Processing
  • Processing
  • Post-Processing

A pendant piece called "the Ojo" has been used as an example to work through each production step in this informative booklet.

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Creating the Ojo booklet  
 
Jewellery Awareness Survey Results

The Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC), part of Birmingham City University, conducted a survey to establish the current awareness of jewellery technology across the industry. The results strongly indicate that there is already a very positive attitude towards Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology and believe that it will open up new design possibilities, accompanied with a strong desire to find out more.

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Jewellery Awareness Survey Results  
 
Hardware & Software Use in the AM of Jewellery

Currently there are a variety of AM hardware technologies being successfully used to manufacture precious metal jewellery. Each is at different levels of readiness for adoption and there are technical and practical problems to be resolved. The only machine available that has been developed specifically for precious metal applications and aimed at resolving the technical problems is the Precious M080 machine at CPM. This technology platform will be the primary choice and most fully developed hardware available to the UK jewellery industry with its own semi-mature and a well-developed integrated supply/process.

On the software side, there are two primary groups of software that exist for use by the jewellery industry, often with limitations. Precious partner Delcam, as a traditional CADCAM supplier to the design and manufacturing industries, stands at an advantageous position to improve on currently available options for both designing pieces and preparing AM pieces for manufacture.

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Hardware & Software Summary  
 
May 2014
DMLM Supports: Are They The Jewellery Industry's New Sprue, Riser and Gate Feed?

Frank Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Jewellery Manufacturing Technology and Technical Manager at the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, presented this paper at the 28th Santa Fe Symposium in Albuquerque, US.

 

For many years now, we - as simple bench jewelers, silversmiths, jewellery designers and casting technicians - have had an almost morbid fascination with comprehending the science behind the technicalities and practicalities of the black art (black art/skill: a mysterious skill that is difficult to master or describe), that is, the casting sprue, the riser, the gate feed, the effects of turbulence in molten metals at high temperatures, solidification rates, shrinkage and gas porosity, to name but a very few of the curses that can befall us during the casting process. Then, we as an industry decide to introduce a totally new, and almost alien to many, technology into the mix, Direct Metal Laser Melting, with what appears at an initial and superficial glance to be its very own set of black arts.This study aims to examine the DMLM equivalent of the casting sprue, the support structure, and lay out in simple, practical terms that designing for and building jewelry with DMLM really holds nothing for us to fear or that it is not nearly as dauntingly complex as it might first appear!

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