3D Gem Holders

By on August 22nd, 2010 in Usage

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Scott Elliot of the SD300 blog came up with a great idea: print Gem holders for homemade gemstones. Well, not exactly homemade, but home-etched. You see, he happens to have a C02 laser with which he’s able to engrave tiny patterns onto the gemstones. He’s discovered the best results are obtained from engraving “lab grown rubies and sapphires (both corundum)”. 
A unique feature of these holders is a flexible flap on the holder’s opening, which both secures the gem for storage and allows it to be pulled out for closer inspection. A flap like this can only be printed on a Solido printer – which is sheet fed. The flap is in fact just a portion of one layer’s sheet. It may be very difficult to reproduce that design on other technologies.  

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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