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The results of the PRECIOUS project on the use of additive manufacturing in the jewellery industry will be presented at a dissemination event to be held on 20 August as part of the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the Birmingham School of Jewellery. PRECIOUS is a research and development project being managed by Delcam.

The project is intended to make a definitive step-change to the current use of additive manufacturing for precious-metal jewellery through an empirical set of trials, benchmarks and demonstrators, making it easier for the whole UK supply chain of design, manufacture and retail to adopt the technology.

The project is being undertaken by a consortium of five organisations: Delcam, Cookson Precious Metals, Lionel T Dean/Future Factories, the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre and Finishing Techniques. The project is receiving support from the Innovate UK innovation agency.

The main focus of the project has been on the development of a commercially viable range of processes for jewellery manufacture based on direct metal laser sintering/melting (DMLM). This method used a laser beam to melt precious metal powders layer by layer in order to produce the item.

Event information

  • Presentations from Delcam, the School of Jewellery and the other project participants, plus a keynote speaker from Innovate UK, will review the progress made so far.
  • The seminar will conclude with a roundtable discussion for delegates to ask questions to the project participants.
  • In parallel with the conference, a tabletop exhibition will be held featuring providers of equipment and services, including suppliers of CAD/CAM software and 3D printing and laser scanning equipment.

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This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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