US aerospace company Lockheed Martin has filed a patent for a new kind of 3D printer. The patent, filed on April 4 by inventor David G. Findley, describes a new way of 3D printing which would use a pre-ceramic polymer and nanoparticle filler to create synthetic diamond objects of just about any shape, says a report in www.3dprintingindustry.com. The main aim of the printer will most likely be to make drill bits, sharp objects and possibly lightweight armor, but will also give jewelry makers untold design possibilities.
JCK's "Diamond Dialogues", a series meant to take a wider look at the diamond industry and the forces that shape it, has published a thought-provoking presentation by Erik Jens, head of diamond and jewelry clients for ABN Amro, the largest bank in the industry. Jens discusses how other industries, oil in this case, cope with profitability woes, why bankers are wary of the diamond business, and the disruptive change that is quickly heading our way. Jens' considerations reach far and wide.
The 3D printing report from SmarTech Markets Publishing called Opportunities for 3D Printing in Precious Metals predicts the value of rings, necklaces, timepiece components, and other common consumer fashion items made via direct and indirect methods of 3D printing to reach $11 billion by 2020. Last month, global consulting firm AT Kearney estimated the 3D printing market would reach $17 billion by 2020, with jewelry 3D printing soaring by 25-30% over the period.
Global consulting giant AT Kearney says in a new study that jewelry will be a big factor in a forecast rise in the global 3D printing market and predicts 25% annual growth over the next five years, with jewelry 3D printing soaring by 25-30% over the period. The study finds that 3D jewelry production accounts for 12% of the market.
Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) displayed the 3D printer for jewelry manufacturers, saying the machine is capable of producing jewelry twice as fast as traditional manufacturing.