Ever heard of 3D printing? A group of designers have setup The Third Dimension pop-up store in line with the Sydney Design Festival to showcase jewellery made using this exciting technology.
3D printing has been around for a while and was originally used to rapidly form prototypes for designs and ideas in engineering industries. It is now being applied in a multitude of arenas ranging from architecture to medical to food! For those who are interested, here's a video that captures 3D printing in a nutshell. Mind blown.
The Jewellery and Object Design Collective - Rings
When you wander into the pop-up store, you'll be invited by a collection of 3D printed hands displaying rings designed by students from the Jewellery and Object Design Collective in Enmore. Demonstrations of how this 3D printer works are also available. A set design is loaded into a specialised computer program, which is then connected to the printer. Nylon is fed via a rotating barrel into the machine and melted to a certain temperature where it can be moulded into the shape of the design.
3D printer and a computer with the specified design
The organisers also talk about a newer type of 3D technology that utilises "SLS" or selective laser sintering. Lasers are aimed at specific points in powder material to fuse these together to form a 3D object.