Family Heirloom Jewelry Recreated Using 3D Printing

Family Heirloom Jewelry Recreated Using 3D Printing

A 3D-printed casting process can end that sinking feeling in your stomach when you lose something valuable.

Rachel Pincus
  • 1 may 2014

Numerous family mysteries and fictional plots have centered around lost jewelry, from Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace to Titanic‘s ‘Heart of the Ocean.’ These tiny objects leave a lasting impression on their owners’ hearts and minds, and people will go to great lengths to replace them. Now the jewelry company American Pearl is offering a new way to put those worries to rest with a computer software and 3D-printing-assisted service that can revive heirlooms from generations past. Working from a photo sent via email or posted on the company’s Google+ page, designers create a 3D CAD model, which is sent to a Solidscape T-76 3D printer that puts the model into mold form. The actual merchandise is then cast in that mold.

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