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3-d printed models

How one jewelry caster turned to 3-D printing to better compete

By Shawna Kulpa

For much of the history of volume jewelry casting, practitioners followed a pretty standard formula: create a master model, use it to develop a mold (often made of rubber), shoot wax into the mold to create a new model, repeat as needed to fill a casting tree. While you could certainly cast a wax model directly, it wasn’t a practical solution for pieces needed in quantity.