MAX Mini • MAX X • B9Clean • B9Captivate • Figure 4 • Formlabs Castable Wax Resin • Form 2 Jewelry Package • CounterSketch • RhinoGold 6.6 • MatrixGold Essentials • Carbide3D Nomad 883 Pro CNC Mill Package • Tiger 3D XHD Plus Printer • S390 • Asiga MAX & Firefly Casting Bundle • XenoWax • DeepImage V2 • Aria 3-D Printer • FabPro 1000 3-D Printer
Capable of printing up to 15 rings (size dependent) at one time, the MAX Mini allows jewelers to take advantage of Asiga’s Smart Positioning System technology in an economical format. Offering a print speed of 3.5 hours when the height of the tallest piece is 30 mm, the printer has a build size of 51.2 mm by 32 mm by 76 mm (2 inches by 1.26 inch by 3 inches) and a pixel size of 39 µm. The open- source printer comes with Asiga Composer software and a 405 nm LED high-power light source. The machine measures 26 cm by 38 cm by 27 cm (10.2 inches by 15 inches by 14.5 inches). Contact: Asiga, Unit 2, 19/21 Bourke Road, Sydney NSW 2015, Australia; 61-2-9690-2737; e-mail email@example.com; asiga.com.
The MAX X 3-D printer has a reconfigurable resolution of 27, 35, or 43 microns that allows the system to be adapted for both extreme-resolution and high-productivity applications. With a print capacity of up to 40 rings (depending on size), the printer offers a print speed of 3.5 hours when the height of the tallest piece is 30 mm. Depending on the selected resolution, the build size varies between 51.8 mm by 29.1 mm by 76 mm (2 inches by 1.14 inch by 3 inches), 67.2 mm by 38 mm by 76 mm (2.6 inches by 1.5 inch by 3 inches), and 82.5 mm by 46.4 mm by 76 mm (3.24 inches by 1.82 inch by 3 inches). The open-material system measures 260 mm by 380 mm by 505 mm (10.2 inches by 15 inches by 19.8 inches). Contact: Asiga, Unit 2, 19/21 Bourke Road, Sydney NSW 2015, Australia; 61-2-9690-2737; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; asiga.com.
The B9Clean automates the post-processing of 3-D photopolymer resin parts by delivering a thorough, no-mess cleaning. Parts can be transferred directly from the printer to the B9Clean while still on the build platform or as loose parts. Users can use isopropyl alcohol or a mixture of soap and water for cleaning. A magnetic stirrer agitates the solution. The unit can hold a maximum of 2 liters of solution, depending on the size of the parts being washed. Offering three speed settings and 10 cleaning cycles, it can accommodate a maximum part size of 108.5 mm by 63.5 mm by 130 mm (4.25 inches by 2.5 inches by 5.125 inches). Contact: B9Creations, 525 University Loop, Ste. 115, Rapid City, SD 57701; 1-605-787-0652; e-mail email@example.com; b9c.com.
Designed for use with the B9 Core Series of 3-D printers, the B9Captivate is a material development software toolkit that analyzes the chemistry of resin materials as well as the geometry of parts so users can develop printer settings perfectly engineered for their specific applications. The software comes with a help center database and minimum and maximum values that prevent settings that could damage the printer. Users can adjust curing properties, such as z-bleed and exposure, and cycle factors that control how the machine moves as the material prints. The software auto-fills any values left blank with those of a standard prototyping resin. Contact: B9Creations, 525 University Loop, Ste. 115, Rapid City, SD 57701; 1-605-787-0652; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; b9c.com.
Developed to offer digital texturing that rivals injection molded part quality without the time and cost of tooling, Figure 4 is a low-volume production and fast prototyping 3-D printer designed to produce tens to hundreds of parts per month. Offering a maximum resolution of 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels, the printer has a printable build volume of 124.8 mm wide by 70.2 mm deep by 196 mm high (4.9 inches by 2.8 inches by 7.7 inches). It is suitable for use with UV curable plastics, and it is best suited for use with JCAST-GRN 10 for jewelry applications. Featuring a compact footprint, the printer comes on a pedestal for easy mobility. Contact: CAD Blu Inc., 37 W. 28th St., 9th Flr., 1-212-481-8700; 481-8737; e-mail email@example.com; cadblu.com.
Suitable for designs that require sharp detail and clean casting, Formlabs Castable Wax Resin contains 20 percent wax-filled material for reliable casting with zero ash content and a clean burnout. It is recommended for filigree, pavé, and pieces with ornate surface details with no visible layer lines. No post-curing is required for the resin, but prints should be washed in isopropyl alcohol to eliminate any remaining uncured material. Contact: Formlabs Inc., 35 Medford St., Somerville, MA 02143; 1-617-702-8476; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; formlabs.com. Paul H. Gesswein & Co., 201 Hancock Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605; 1-203-366-5400; fax 366-3953; e-mail email@example.com; gesswein.com.
This end-to-end printing and post-processing package includes a Form 2 3-D printer, one resin tank, one build platform, a Form Wash, a Finish Kit, PreForm Software, and one liter of Castable Wax Resin. The Form 2 is a stereolithography printer that has a build volume of 145 mm by 145 mm by 175 mm (5.7 inches by 5.7 inches by 6.9 inches). The Form Wash uses an impeller to agitate isopropyl alcohol to clean models while still on the build plate. The package also comes with one year of professional training and support. Contact: Formlabs Inc.,
35 Medford St., Somerville, MA 02143; 1-617-702-8476; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; formlabs.com.
Designed to bring custom design capability to any retail operation, CounterSketch allows users to add virtual inventory to their repertoire, design and sell custom jewelry, and have their designs quickly manufactured by Stuller Inc. The latest version permits the opening of a design from the Stuller website or Stuller Showcase into CounterSketch with the click of a button, allowing users to pick up where they left off on their designs without having to recreate the style. It also features a new simplified design stack to limit or expand design options by presenting the most popular options first. The program is now available in eight languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Greek. Contact: Gemvision, 302 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, LA 70508; 1-800-357-6272; fax 877-619-1889; e-mail email@example.com; gemvision.com.
Offering improved reliability, the latest version of RhinoGold has adapted the new desktop app GATE, allowing users to manage all of their digital environments such as elements, licensing, and more. The upgraded software also includes the new render machine Cycles to create realistic renders. The program is recommended for use on laptop or desktop computers with a Windows operating system, an Intel i5 Quad Core 2GHz or higher processor, and 8 GB of RAM. The program also features seamless integration with Stuller Inc., allowing users to send designs directly to Stuller for manufacturing. Contact: Gemvision, 302 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, LA 70508; 1-800-357-6272; fax 877-619-1889; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; gemvision.com.
Combining the top Matrix and RhinoGold features with the simplified interface of CounterSketch, MatrixGold Essentials was developed to offer jewelers more power, a curated set of tools, an intuitive workflow, and enhanced productivity. The CAD software features parametric history power builders to reconfigure design changes quickly, a ribbon search toolbar that’s easy to use, intelligent tool suggestions based on selected geometry, and a custom-built, flexible project browser interface to keep jobs organized. In addition, the program offers a new rendering core that allows for GPU or CPU rendering as well as a live preview feature for material hot-swapping. Contact: Gemvision, 302 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, LA 70508; 1-800-357-6272; fax 877-619-1889; e-mail email@example.com; gemvision.com.
This package includes the Carbide3D Nomad 883 Pro CNC Mill with bamboo side panels along with accessories that expand the mill’s capabilities, including a threaded fixturing table, a low-profile jig, and a flip jig. The mill’s cutting tools accommodate hard carving waxes, modeling materials, and soft metals with a Mohs hardness rating of up to 4. Enclosed to contain both dust and noise, the mill’s work area measures 20.3 cm by 20.3 cm by 7.6 cm (8 inches by 8 inches by 3 inches). The system includes MeshCAM, a 3-D software that generates three-dimensional tool paths from any STL files, and CarbideCreate, a 2-D software that creates and accepts 2-D DXL files. Contact: Rio Grande Inc., 7500 Bluewater Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121; 1-800-545-6566; fax 800-965-2329; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; riogrande.com.
Capable of producing 12 models in 3.5 hours, the Tiger3D XHD Plus printer has a full HD UV LED projection engine capable of producing down to 30 micron XY resolution. Featuring high definition DLP technology, the printer has a build plate that measures 57 mm by 32 mm by 120 mm (2.2 inches by 1.3 inch by 4.7 inches). As an open system, the printer can be used with a wide range of resins. Touchscreen controls allow the user to manage settings and see a model growth preview in real time, and a new step motor system improves the alignment of the protective layering systems to ensure a better overall surface quality. Contact: Romanoff International Supply Corp., 9 Deforest Ave., Amityville, NY 11701; 1-631-842-2400; fax 842-0028; e-mail email@example.com; romanoff.com.
Designed to help users ramp up their output while slashing prototyping and production time, the S390 is a 3-D printer that uses a new material deposition method to provide greater printing speed for complex geometries. Featuring fully automated, one-touch operation, the printer allows users to select the calibration frequency. It has a build envelope of 6 inches by 6 inches by 4 inches (152.4 mm by 152.4 mm by 101.6 mm). The printer automatically generates a complete support structure that then dissolves away, leaving wax models ready for casting. Measuring 21.4 inches by 18 inches by 16 inches (558 mm by 495 mm by 419 mm), the printer comes with its own base, storage cabinet, and a whisper-quiet industrial dust collection system. Contact: Solidscape Inc., 316 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054; 1-603-429-9700; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; solidscape.com.
The Asiga MAX & Firefly Casting Bundle includes the Asiga MAX X35 Printer, a Firefly Kit, and the new Stuller Open Grow resin. An open system, the printer features an XY pixel size of 35 microns and a build size of 67 mm by 38 mm by 76 mm. Capable of producing both silicone RTV molds and HD casting patterns, the Firefly Kit includes a hyberbaric light chamber, stainless steel stand, three stainless steel mold frames, a timer, spin bag, and air coupling. Developed to allow for fine detail and smooth surfaces, Open Grow is a low-expansion, clean-burning pattern resin designed for direct casting. Contact: Stuller Inc., 302 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, LA 70508; 1-800-877-7777; fax 800-444-4741; e-mail email@example.com; stuller.com.
Offering a melting temperature of 240°F (115°C), XenoWax is a jeweler’s wax that is made with 10 percent post-consumer recycled plastic content, helping its users to save money while preventing plastic pollution around the world. Featuring the same density as other jeweler’s waxes, it has a hardness of 33-38 Shore D and a shrinkage rate of approximately 2 percent. It is designed to be either hand carved or used in a mill. Contact: Xenoil LLC, 49 Fir Drive, Richboro, PA 18954; 1-215-791-4332; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; xenoilofficial.com.
Now available as an add-on with 3Design or as a standalone solution, DeepImage V2 offers users the ability to easily create high-definition quality renderings and animation. It includes an extensive library of realistic materials, such as gemstones, precious metals, pearls, textured metals, and leather; background environments; and various scenes. The latest version also offers batch rendering to produce consistent renderings while saving time. It is compatible with Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.14. Contact: 3Design, 2200 Northmont Parkway, Duluth, GA 30096; 1-678-904-2909; e-mail email@example.com; 3design.us.
Priced at $6,999, the Aria is an entry-level desktop 3-D printer that is built on EnvisionTEC’s Micro platform. Featuring an industrial-grade UV LED light engine and a dual-axis Z slide, the printer offers a Z layer print resolution that can be set at 25, 35, or 50 microns, depending on material. Offering touchscreen operation, the printer has a build area measuring 2.36 inches by 1.77 inches by 3.94 inches (65 mm by 40 mm by 100 mm). An open-materials system, the printer comes with a choice of EnvisionTEC’s EC500, PIC100, QView, or RC90 materials. It has a footprint that measures 9 inches by 9.5 inches by 24.2 inches (22.86 cm by 24.13 cm by 61.5 cm). Contact: Envisiontec Inc., 15162 S. Commerce Drive, Dearborn, MI 48120; 1-313-436-4300; fax 436-4303; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; envisiontec.com.
Developed for small-part prototyping and direct 3-D production, the FabPro 1000 3-D Printer offers high-throughput print speeds for high-quality parts with precision and smooth surface finish. Engineered for material efficiency and consistent, repeatable runtimes, the printer has a build volume of 125 mm X by 70 mm Y by 120 mm Z. Offering a pixel pitch of 65 microns, the printer can be used with FabPro Tough BLK, FabPro Proto GRY, and FabPro JewelCast GRM build materials. Material loading, file configuration, and post-processing have been streamlined for a simplified user experience. It has a footprint measuring 80 cm wide by 80 cm deep by 94 cm high (31.5 inches by 31.5 inches by 24.1 inches). Contact: CadBlu Inc., 37 W. 28th St., 9th Flr., New York, NY 10001; 1-212-481-8700; fax 481-8737; e-mail email@example.com; cadblu.com.