Delcam to show additive and subtractive manufacturing at JCK
Jewellers will be able to compare the results from both additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, and subtractive manufacturing by visiting the Delcam booth, B6682, at the JCK exhibition in Las Vegas from 30th May to 2nd June.
Representing the subtractive machining approach will be the GSCC Hercules milling machine, which has been engineered to be easy to use, yet versatile enough to produce any machineable element needed for the jewellery business in either soft metal or wax with fine detail and a high-quality surface finish. In addition, when fitted with the Goldsmith Cross-Pin Fixture, the machine can perform five-axis functions on the simple and reliable four-axis platform. With the added rigidity of the newly-designed frame, it is also capable of cutting a wide variety of non-ferrous metals for metal moulds or nameplate production.
Additive manufacturing will be shown on the Deep Imager 5, a UV resin-based 3D printer for rapid prototyping of fine jewellery models direct from CAD data. This revolutionary technology offers flexibility and speed in a compact design, allowing rapid prototyping of fine jewellery models, including models with inside hollow areas and details on all surfaces.
Of course, both approaches depend on accurate CAD data, of the type produced by ArtCAM JewelSmith. The software can be used for the design and manufacture of rings, broaches, cufflinks and other types of jewellery. It has been developed specifically to allow jewellery manufacturers to increase productivity, improve quality and deliver new designs more quickly, by combining their craft skills and creativity with the power and precision of computer-aided manufacturing.
The key features of the latest ArtCAM JewelSmith release include a new gem library and the inclusion of the rendering system, KeyShot, with the software. STL, OBJ, 3DS or 3DM file formats of custom gems can be stored in the library. Alternatively, new gems can be created from any 3D model and used to create bespoke jewellery designs.
With KeyShot, designs can be rendered to create extremely accurate and lifelike images for either customers or retailers to view, or for the production of catalogues and other marketing materials. The high quality of these images allows the customer to review the design before manufacturing begins, ensuring that the finished item will be exactly as required.
The latest release has also made it much easier to create complex designs, with a new approach called interactive distortion modelling. This allows users to distort either vectors or reliefs within ArtCAM JewelSmith models by bending or stretching the design, and to see the results in real time.
Once the design of the particular element has been finalised, it can be moved, rotated, rescaled and copied either individually or as part of a group. At any stage in the process, either individual items or a group of items can be saved within the clipart library in ArtCAM JewelSmith for use in future projects.
Another major focus in the new release is on vector creation and editing. New snapping options make vector creation much quicker. They include the ability to snap to anything in the design, including any point on a vector, intersections between vectors, guidelines and key points within a model, such as the origin, centre and corners.
For further information on ArtCAM JewelSmith, please contact:
ArtCAM Marketing Manager
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Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK
22 May 2014