Resolution - New Year 2019
Year of the pig
Hard for me to believe, another year has ticked off the calendar and it is 2019AD. I am making silver jewelry, but not at the rate I previously did. Mostly because I have been experimenting with 3D printing to make the casting master models.
I have the printing working very well after much experimentation. I have a repeatable printing process on which I can now depend. The problem was finding the correct resin material used for printing the model that would burn out of the investment without damaging the mold. That too has been resolved.
I can now produce 3D print models I can cast without issues.
I have not abandoned wax for model making. The fine detail achievable in carving wax with CNC micro machining cannot be equaled with 3D printing. Printing does produce models that cannot be machined in 3 or 4 axis CNC machining. The two methods compliment each other.
Both processes required the model to be designed in 3D CAD drawing software. I have three options in my studio for the CAD drawings.
It’s looking good that 2019 will be a great year for new designs in my silver work. I have design and production tools on which I can rely. It’s just up to me to be creative! That’s my New Year's Resolution…