The intricately-detailed Tangens necklace has interlocking elements 3D printed using the Stratasys Fortus 400mc 3D Production System
Stratasys has collaborated with architect and designer Jenny Wu, of Oyler Wu Collaborative, on her first 3D printed jewelry collection. The LACE collection is a line of 3D printed wearable designs, including necklaces and rings, inspired by line-based geometry and intricate, organic movement, which stand out as bold statements on the body.
The leading LACE design is the Tangens necklace. This necklace will be available in black, white or translucent material.
“I wanted to design a range of jewelry that could be avant-garde yet wearable, and approached it from my architectural heritage of spatial and line-based geometries to form a bold but soft spectacle for the body,” Wu said. “From my 15 years’ experience with 3D printing for architectural projects, I knew it would deliver the capabilities to realize my creative vision for jewelry. 3D printing offers an elegant aesthetic and enables different layers and densities of fine and detailed pieces to be intertwined and produced within hours instead of months.”
The intricately-detailed necklace has interlocking elements created with the Stratasys Fortus 400mc Production System, utilizing the benefits of tight tolerances, fine details, durability and translucence possible with Stratasys FDM technology.
“I enjoy the possibilities that FDM offers, as it enables me to directly manufacture jewelry pieces as opposed to just prototype,” Wu said. “After some experimentation, I found that the ABS-M30 in particular was the best 3D printing material for Tangens. Its ability to execute accurate complex geometry with striations from the layering process gives the necklace a unique velvety quality, as well as a robust, thick structure, which results in a wearable item that is elegant, yet durable.”
Papilio ring summons butterfly’s movement Evoking the fluttering movement of a butterfly wing, the Papilio ring was developed using Solidscape's high precision 3D wax printing technology
Wu has also collaborated with Solidscape®, a Stratasys subsidiary, to produce the Papilio ring, which evokes the beautiful fluttering movement of a butterfly wing. Solidscape's MAX² 3D Printer was used to deliver high precision and a refined surface finish – ideal for small jewelry items. Once the complex Papilio wax model was 3D printed, it was then cast in sterling silver using the lost-wax investment casting process. The Papilio was then finished and hand polished to achieve its lustrous appearance. This LACE piece was recently sold via Paddle8, an international fine art and collectibles auction site.
“3D printing is transforming the design industry and the possibilities for the fashion and accessories markets are endless,” Wu said. “Before it was seen as avant-garde, but it’s now reaching the consumer with cutting-edge ready to wear products. I can’t wait for LACE to be released to the market in the autumn and hope to collaborate with Stratasys on other designs.”
The LACE collection is in the final production stage and will be available in the autumn of 2014.