Affordable, Compact Additive Manufacturing for Watches and Jewelry
Todd Grimm posted on December 19, 2012 |

Gold jewelry from 3D printerEOS showcased precious metal parts made of 18 ct yellow gold that were manufactured on a new, small prototype metal laser-sintering system, PRECIOUS M 080. As a manufacturing solution for the jewelry and watch industry the affordable and compact laser-sintering system will set new standards and is designed for the particular needs of these industries.

 For the system development, EOS joined forces with Cookson Precious Metals (CPM), worldwide established supplier for the precious metal industry. Based on a strategic development partnership, both companies plan to introduce and further develop precious metal-based applications to the jewelry and watch industry.

Stella Layton, CEO of Cookson Precious Metals states, “With this technology, 3D bespoke jewelry and watch components can be created from CAD files. 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.”

Dr. Adrian Keppler, EVP strategy and business development at EOS states, “With CPM we found a perfect partner to introduce our innovative technology to the luxury goods industry, thus shifting paradigms in manufacturing. We truly believe that our AM process offers a huge potential for these industries.”

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