Additive Manufacturing In Precious Metals And Its Use In The Jewellery industry (3D Printing Europe 2018)

Mr Frank Cooper, Senior Lecturer
Birmingham City University
United Kingdom


Europe 2018 Presentation - Birmingham City University*
Europe 2018 Audio Presentation - Birmingham City University*

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Presentation Summary

The Additive Manufacturing of base metals using Direct Metal Laser Melting for heavy industrial applications has now been very productively transferred into the jewellery design and manufacturing sectors where they are now successfully printing directly into precious metals. This presentation will give an overview that considers not only the design and manufacturing potential of Additively Manufactured precious metals but will also include a brief synopsis of the new business potentials adoption of this digital technology could bring to adopting jewellery manufacturing companies.

Speaker Biography (Frank Cooper)

Frank Cooper is a jewellery industry professional and Senior Lecturer in Jewellery Manufacturing Technologies and Manager of the Centre for Digital Design and Manufacturing, at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. He sits on the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council and is a globally recognised expert in the application of various Additive Manufacturing and prototyping/3D printing technologies used in the jewellery industry. He is an active participant in a number of Jewellery Industry related research initiatives and has written and presented many technical papers and articles around the world. His research papers and presentations currently specialise in the areas of Additive Manufacturing, CAD and prototyping/3D Printing for the Jewellery and Silversmithing Industries.

Company Profile (Birmingham School of Jewellery)

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In the heart of Birmingham's world famous Jewellery Quarter Birmingham City University School of Jewellery has been teaching up and coming young, and not so young, goldsmiths the art of the jewellery designer and maker for the last 127 years. Besides teaching those more traditional artisan hand skills and design methods you would expect they also offer their students access to the most up-to-date CAD and 3D Printing technologies currently in use in the jewellery industry. As well as various wax and resin based 3D Printing systems the School also operates a Cooksongold Precious M080 Direct Metal Laser Melting/Sintering technology on which they are able to print directly into silver, eighteen carat gold, in red, yellow and white colours and platinum
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