The word is slowly getting out. Excerpt from an article on SeekingAlpha.com by IAEResearch:
Traditional Ways of Manufacturing and Global Market
Traditional manufacturing of jewelry involves a number of steps: First of all, the design is created – after creating the design; the next step is to create a basic model of the design. Once the primary design is created, then it is evaluated and minor changes are made, if needed. Final two steps involve creating moulds for mass production and manufacturing and finishing of the final products. The traditional ways of manufacturing can take days from creating the design to producing the final product — 3D printing, on the other hand, can do the job in hours. The technology has made life easier for a lot of jewelry manufacturers by allowing them to design and produce the prototypes in a lot less time than traditional methods.
The manufacturing process for jewelry involves a number of fine steps that need careful supervision. The use of 3D printing has allowed the manufacturers to bring down the costs and time needed for production. The technology has saved a substantial investment on die casting or investment casting, and it has also allowed the manufacturers to have more control over the manufacturing process and introduce customization. At the moment, the global jewelry market stands at about $150 billion, and the industry is rapidly adopting the technology. In fact, jewelry manufacturing is becoming one of the most important growth drivers for the 3D printing companies, after medical applications.
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