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2. CAD DESIGN
CAD Design – This is one of the first and most important steps of the production process for your jewelry, where the 3D CAD Designer implements your idea and design into a 3D computer model file.
3. WAX PRINTING
Wax Printing – This is the next step of the production process after you’ve designed your 3D model: you now can print it in wax. In most cases, you will need to provide the printing house with .STL or .3DM files.
When printing your jewelry design models, make sure they are printed on 3D jewelry printers with a high resolution: 25 to 65 microns.
The most popular 3D printers used in jewelry industry are SolidScape, EnvisionTec and 3DSystems.
4. CASTING, MASTER MODEL and MOLD
Casting – You are looking for lost wax casting to cast from your 3D printed wax model.
Master model – Your jewelry design in most cases is casted in silver, cleaned and prepared for rubber or silicon molding.
Mold – A silicon or rubber mold is used to reproduce jewelry in bigger quantities for future mass production.
5. GET READY FOR PRODUCTION
For mass production of your jewelry designs, you’ll need to find a production house and provide them with 3D files, or with rubber or silicone molds of your design.
6. FIRST PROTOTYPE
Before starting mass production of your jewelry, it’s important to have the production house create a jewelry prototype/sample first.