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Students at Birmingham University’s School of Jewellery are using Concept Laser’s MLab cusing system to produce pieces including rings and pendants via additive layer manufacturing (ALM).

School of Jewellery students Georgia Ayley and Layla McCook are among a number of designers that have embraced the capabilities of the ALM process to achieve the high levels of intricacy and detail they had envisaged in their original designs.

McCook’s aim for her ‘Rose-Tinted Spectacles’ collection was to combine feminine fluid forms that represented the soft, organic structures of rose petals with a fine intricate pattern — in places just 0.3mm in width — which characterised their delicate nature. She used the MLab cusing system to build the pieces layer by layer.

Ayley uses precious metals in collaboration with uncut and cut gemstones, emphasising the natural beauty and sole quality of stones in her designs. Her silver and amethyst collection ‘Damali — Beautiful Vision’ was inspired by the intricate designs of ivory Chinese eggs. Using the Lasercusing process, she was able to trap a precious amethyst stone inside the pendant and earring capsules from this collection, creating unique pieces.

McCook and Ayley worked in close collaboration with Colin Cater from ES Technology, the UK and Ireland distributor for the range of Concept Laser Lasercusing machines.

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  • McCook envisages potential to further explore her designs using the MLab cusing system and anticipates that in the near future, with ongoing developments in ALM, she will continue to produce pieces in 18ct white, rose and yellow gold.
  • Ayley said being able to encapsulate the amethyst within the pendant and earrings allowed her to produce pieces that are seamless with a smooth finish. She added that the traditional method of producing pieces such as this would have required laser welding, resulting in a visible joint line.
  • Cater used the company’s MLab cusing demonstration machine in the company’s Daventry facility to build the pieces and was also able to offer advice to the students on how to maximise the benefits that the technology could bring to their designs.

ES Technology Ltd is an Oxford company with a 22 year history of manufacturing laser-based manufacturing equipment and providing a range of associated services and products. Our four business units are. Design and build of special purpose laser systems. We use a range of industrial lasers to provide customers with turnkey machines for laser marking, cutting and welding.Systems incorporate handling such as robot, conveyor or bowl-feed; motion and control elements such as XY/rotary tables and of course the appropriate laser and beam delivery for the job.Control is via PC/PLC and dedicated front-end software provides the human interface and integrates barcode readers, vision, etc as required. Laser jobshop.We use 10 laser systems to provide laser marking on a subcontract basis on plastic, metal, ceramic or wood.Products and components receive logos, serial numbers, barcodes and other functional marks.We also perform fine metal cutting and microperforating services. Distribution of rapid prototyping/rapid manufacturing systems.ES is the exclusive UK distributor of Concept Laser LaserCUSING systems which make parts in titanium, aluminium, stainless or tool steel and inconel directly from 3D CAD designs by additive layer build. Optical components.Laser diodes, safety eyewear and acousto-optic components/wafers are distributed.

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