A new manufacturing technology from Formero called the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology has been used by a well known jeweller in Australia to create a unique line of 3D printed wearable jewellery.
Established jeweller Cinnamon Lee has expertise in combining ancient metal working techniques with rapid prototyping or 3D printing technologies to create unconventional and elaborate effects.
For her most recent work, Cinnamon has explored a new manufacturing technology known as Selective Laser Melting (SLM) introduced by Formero in Australia. SLM is based on a revolutionary technology that builds 3-dimensional models from computer designed files. Parts are produced in metals that can be used for finished products rather than just prototypes.
Using this technology, Cinnamon has produced 3D printed wearable jewellery from metal powders.
Introduced by Formero, the Australian rapid prototyping and custom manufacturing company, SLM technology was primarily targeted at the manufacturing, defence and aerospace industries but taken up by Cinnamon for jewellery design.
Cinnamon has employed 3D printing technologies to create contemporary, wearable craft pieces that have gained her nationwide acclaim. In addition to regularly exhibiting her work nationally and internationally, the jewellery designer is represented by several contemporary jewellery galleries across Australia.
SLM’s applications have now extended into other unique, custom manufacturing areas such as producing dental crowns and medical implants.