Mappin & Webb has equipped its London workshop with a state-of-the-art EnvisionTEC 3D printer as it admits it has finally embraced the idea of bringing 3D jewellery printing in-house.
The company, whose Crown jeweller Martin Swift has the honour of looking after the Crown Jewels, says the investment reiterates its attention to quality and detail.
Workshop manager, Mark Appleby, said Mappin & Webb worked closely with GVUK Design, which distributes the EnvisionTEC systems and Gemvision software, to make sure the 3D printing system matched the needs of its business.
“Mappin & Webb has been using Gemvision’s CAD design program for many years now, and with continual upgrades they have always kept bringing us new tools,” he said. “Bringing 3D printing in-house has taken some convincing but finally we have found a printer that offers a level of excellence we demand.”
The 3D printer works by using the latest Digital Light Processing technology from Texas Instruments to produce intricate detail in the shortest period of time, creating fully 3D jewellery models that range from the conceptual to the fully functional.
Elsewhere, meanwhile, Aconia Casting Company, based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, has also strengthened its design capabilities by adding Gemvision’s Matrix bespoke CAD design program to its product services.
Managing director, John McCabe, said: “It is important with the dominance of CAD-designed models that Aconia remain at the cutting-edge offering the highest level of service possible and Matrix is by far the most advanced design program for goldsmiths.”
He added that the firm had seen “fabulous results” from EnvisionTEC’s direct cast materials Epic and its new EC3000 system.