ACCESS-3DP is a transnational project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The project aims at taking Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) as a new, disruptive technology under the umbrella of Advanced Manufacturing in order to set out frameworks to train and upskill workers in the craft and creative industries.

It is implemented by 5 different organisations in France, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The impact of 3D printing on the jewelry industry

For years, the jewelry sector has relied on technological advances for the manufacture of its pieces, however, no technological advance has had such an impact on the sector as 3D printing.

Source: Lynne Maclachlan
Jewelry making has always been a traditional process, supported by various technological advances. To date, no technological breakthrough has had as much impact on the jewelry industry as 3D printing or additive manufacturing.   With the advent of contemporary jewelry, experimentation and innovation take center stage, and the range of materials used in jewelry making increases considerably; noble metals and precious stones are no longer the only ones to be used. Materials such as plastics or fabrics began to be used, integrated into metal pieces, or used as the main materials.   3D printing in the jewelry world overcomes many of the limitations intrinsic to traditional design and manufacturing processes. It is not about forgetting traditional workshops or artisan’s hands, far from it, but it is about being aware that these can coexist with other types of techniques that are (also) in line with the environment and careful production.   Do you want to know more? If you are interested in learning more about real cases of 3D printing in jewelry and other traditional sectors, keep an eye out for news about the ACCESS-3DP project and its training Joint Curriculum.