A Jewellery Designer’s Odyssey in Full Colour 3D Printing leading the way in highly customized design
As a designer jeweller it is important that the pieces I design and make are very wearable as well as desirable. I love using Mcor’s 3D printed paper technology: the resulting pieces feel ‘soft’ & warm, & jewellery light to wear. It is also the eco-friendliest of all the 3D printing process.
Ann Marie Shillito, Anarkid 3D
As a jewellery designer, Ann Marie Shillito’s work has always involved colour, whether achieving this on the refractory metals titanium and niobium by anodising them, or dying anodised aluminium. So when Ann Marie was introduced to full colour 3D printing with Mcor’s technology she found an accessible, simple way to achieve full colour 3D printed jewellery.
Over the years we have worked with some exceptional designers who have brought the best out in our technology so to speak. This can surely be said about Ann Marie Shillito from Anarkik 3D who we have worked with since 2010 and in that eight years she has produced the most amazing pieces.
This blog explores her odyssey with paper based 3D printing.
The Odyssey begins with mono design in paper
Ann Marie’s company, Anarkik3D’s offers a haptic 3D modelling programme developed for designer makers & applied artists and Mcor worked closely with Anarkik3D on getting compatibility right at our end with a file export format to 3D print in mono and full colour.
These were the first test pieces that Mcor printed in 2010 in white paper for Anarkik3D. The three models were created by 3 designers who were using Anarkik 3D Design package.
Left: model of a red blood corpuscle by Sandra Wilson
Right: model by Tavs Jorgensen.
Left: bangle by Ann Marie Shillito in white paper
Right: in process of being painted
Above. Designs 3D printed in paper.
Like any relationship there is a learning process – understanding the constraints of each type of printing system, the processes for layering, the types and form of the materials used, their properties and the best ways to protect and finish.
The Odyssey continues in full colour
Ann Marie has really worked with her designs, and when Mcor introduced full colour in 2013 this was the start of another journey, this time in full colour.
One of the first full colour pieces Ann Marie made using our technology was a beautiful necklace printed as a special gift for Kerry Hogarth and me!
See above necklace design in Anarkik software
End product – full colour 3D printed necklace in 3D sealed and fisced to neck wire of Ninjaflex using ‘loom’ bands
A presentation at the 3D printshow in London in May 2015.
As CMO of Mcor I attend many functions and this necklace is perfect to highlight our technology’s full colour capability and 3D printing as a great technology for designer makers and artists to engage with.
Neckpiece for ACJ’s touring 20:20 Vision exhibition:
To celebrate ACJ’s 20th anniversary, the exhibition 20:20 Visions showed the best of contemporary jewellery.
The exhibition was in two parts: 20:20 had 20 of ACJ’s most prominent members (past & present) showing one piece from circa 1997 and one more recent piece.
Screen capture of one bead designed using Anarkik 3D Design package
Finished neckpiece with beads strung on Ninjaflex and on display at exhibition
Ann Marie Shillito: finishing her neck pieces
ACJ’s touring 20:20 Vision exhibition catalogue showing Ann Marie’s new neck piece (right) This piece designed digitally and produced using industrial technologies
Jewellery produced for ‘3D Schmuck’ exhibition at GalerieV&V in Vienna, October 2017 – ‘Variations’.
Designs were created using Anarkik 3D Design Package.
Finished Jewellery (pendant, earrings, brooch, pin and ring) using the 3D printed parts produced on the Mcor ARKe.
Annemarie was able to achieve a professional finish by using our two part sealant .
The concept here was giving the customer the opportunity to have different ring tops to mix and match to suit mood, outfit, event – customisation at its best and when we see 3D printing come into its own. Printing the ring tops on the Mcor ARKe afforded Annmarie the opportunity to print in glorious technicolour patterns. Annmarie also liked the green credentials of the technology which she felt was also a plus for a customer who can wear the rings in the knowledge that the product is safe. Overall as a designer, the ARKe gives Annmarie lots of scope to cater for what customers want and fit with current trends in colour!
The ring shank is 3D printed in steel and in different finger sizes. The shank slots through the ring top and once on the finger the top is held securely in place, yet is easily taken off and swopped for a different top.
Screen capture of designs for 3D printing in paper in colour. Designs created using Anarkik 3D Design
3D printed paper units being finished by hand and tested for fit
Finished jewellery: 5 ring tops in 3D printed and sealed paper units, with metal ring shanks.
For Annmarie the feel of the 3D printed paper is very appealing: softer and warmer than other 3D printing materials and she has used quite a few of these different materials (polyamide, resin, wax, ABS, PLA, sandstone, alumide, bronze, steel, titanium) over the years in samples to test for robustness, for handling in the workshops and as finished jewellery.
In addition to this according to Annmarie the ARKe uses paper and is the greenest of the 3D print technologies and goes a long way to reduce the carbon footprint.
Finally as a designer she can design in full colour to be printed in full colour.
It has been great working with Annmarie since 2010 and watching her journey into full colour 3D printing and her work really exemplifies how customised design in the full colour is really the holy grail!