Cooksongold, part of the Heimerle + Meule Group, exhibited at Baselworld Jewellery Fair, which took place 17th – 24th March 2016, where they launched their latest Advanced Metal Powder, 950 Pt/Ru (platinum), in collaboration with the Platinum Guild International (PGI).
By combining the new 950Pt/Ru (platinum) Advanced Metal Powder with their already established Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing system, the Precious M 080, Cooksongold have enabled 3D Printing technology to become a viable commercial opportunity for the platinum jewellery industry for the first time.
Cooksongold’s Pt/Ru alloy has been specifically developed for 3D printing. This ensures that once the designs have been printed in the Precious M 080 they can be post processed, milled and polished to the high standards required without any of the common problems associated with other Pt alloys.
David Fletcher, Business Development Manager, at Cooksongold, stated the difference this process will make; ‘This is one of the most revolutionary developments for the 3D printing technology. Helping to eliminate the common problems associated with casting platinum, it will become vital for bespoke and low volume platinum jewellery production’.
Cooksongold have been working closely, in collaboration with the Platinum Guild International (PGI), to create 3D printed platinum jewellery, which was showcased on the stand throughout Baselworld.
950 Pt/Ru will be added to Cooksongold’s existing portfolio of Advanced Metal Powders, which consists of 18k 3N yellow gold, 18k white gold, 18k 5N red gold and Brilliante 925 silver (which has anti tarnish properties). Further new powders, such as base metals and other carat gold alloys, are currently being developed and scheduled for release throughout 2016.
Cooksongold’s Advanced Metal Powders have been optimised to work with the Precious M 080 system from EOS, which in turn has been developed with two key criteria in mind: accountability of materials and quick changeover times between jobs and metal. The Advanced Metal Powder range is also ideal for a number of other applications such as:
- Metal Injection Moulding (MIM),
- Press and Sinter Technology,
- Laser sintering/ Selective Laser Melting (SLM),
- Industrial applications such as Brazing.
The Precious M 080 3D printing system, which is purpose built for precious metal production, was also on show at Baselworld. The machine demonstrated printing in 18k gold throughout the exhibition when show attendees were also learned more about the Precious M 080 and its technological capabilities, as well as seeing examples of jewellery produced from the technology.
Utilising the power of 3D CAD design, the Precious M 080 enables complex designs that have previously been constrained by manufacturing processes. The Precious M 080 utilises an additive manufacturing process – whereby it builds precious metal designs layer by layer, melting fine metal powder with a laser. With this technology, intricate one-off 3D designs can be manufactured within a few hours.