Known as 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, powdered precious metal is melted layer by layer using a laser. The technology is being developed by Cooksongold (part of the Heimerle & Meule group) at its facility in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.
Cooksongold 3D has reported a 450% sales increase year-on-year as more and said more companies are starting to design for and adapt to direct precious metal 3D printing.
Fotoulla Michael, head of sales at the IJL, said: “The jewellery industry doesn’t stand still and, as with all other industries, uses technology to innovate. We are delighted to see the cutting edge of jewellery design and technology on display at IJL.
“Technology is a vital partner in the industry and pushes the boundaries of creativity and craftsmanship — it is fascinating to see how designers and manufacturers use 3D printers to the advantage of consumers and jewellery collectors everywhere.”