PRECIOUS M 080 from EOS made the parts out of 18 ct yellow gold for the jewellery and watch industry. The system was developed in partnership with Cookson Precious Metals ,CPM, a supplier for the precious metal industry. Based on a strategic partnership both companies plan to introduce and further develop precious metal-based applications to the jewellery and watch industry. The product and services offerings will range from consulting, direct metal laser-sintering, or DMLS,-based design processes, the production of precious metal parts and the development and production of special precious metal alloys for the additive manufacturing process. They also plan to develop a bespoke solution chain for high-volume jewellery production.
“With this technology, 3D bespoke jewellery and watch components can be created from CAD files,” said Stella Layton, CEO of Cookson Precious Metals. “ This takes us on an exciting journey, permitting the creation of highly complex and intricate designs that weren’t thinkable before. The particular beauty of additive manufacturing is that it can be used to produce both one-off pieces as well as large scale production eliminating many process steps and tooling costs that we see today.”
“With CPM we found a perfect partner to introduce our innovative technology to the luxury goods industry, thus shifting paradigms in manufacturing,” said Dr Adrian Keppler, EVP strategy and business development at EOS
. “We truly believe that our AM process offers a huge potential for these industries. Compared to conventional manufacturing techniques it paves the way for a completely new approach towards design and manufacturing.”
The technology enables time savings, thus lowering the general costs of entry into the business of making quality jewellery and watch parts in precious metal.