Jewels of the future pop out of computer screens and materialize in front of our eyes. It is not science fiction, it is the scenario that opens up the jewelry world to three dimensional printing to create finite objects starting from polygonal models made on a computer.
3D printing stems from prototyping and has become the language of young jewelry makers who see producing and displaying their creations on sites like jShapeways and Ponoko as an immediate and contemporary channel. In the midst of this social boom is a new community (www.3dhubs.com) that puts designers in contact with 3D printers: ideas circulate, contact is made and partnerships are formed. Just go online to get an idea of the revolution taking place.
Fairina Cheng is an Australian who creates complex structures that develop spacially and uses oxidized silver for dark/light contrasts. Han Yin Hsu is an adopted Californian who in the Butterfly collection takes butterfly wings and creates a skeleton with fills and spaces. Stephanie Smiszek is inspired by the submersed world and she designs tentacle-clad sea creatures. A team of Italian neo-engineers and designers started the Makoo project: after recording a voice message on their site, a software processes the sound waves into 3D and sends them to the printer in real time. Sms, you are warned: your time is up.