Necklace printing by Cris Thompson
We keep it hyper local when it comes to our 3D printed necklaces. Maker Cris Thompson is based less than a mile away from our Walthamstow design studio and prints all the jewellery on site.
PLA comes on a large spool and is loaded into an extrusion printer much as you'd thread a reel of cotton into a sewing machine. The end of the filament is melted and used to build up a 3D print, one layer at a time.
The process means we can produce striking statement necklaces on demand, with virtually no waste and no "jewellery miles".
This is Cris. The photo is by his friend Robin Young
We send him the design and then he programs it into his 3D software
Here is the final mock-up
It get's printed using the extrusion method, squeezing melted PLA out of a nozzle like a minute cake icing machine. You can see a time-lapse of it in the film below.
It has to cool
The finished article on the print bed.
Finally it's threaded onto the nylon coated wire and sent to us