Design of the Week: Kinetic Ring

By on January 2nd, 2016 in Design

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This week’s selection is the Kinetic Ring by artist and 3D designer Desmond Chan. 

Hong Kong-based Chan, who operates under the Vulcan Jewelry brand, began creating 3D printed jewelry as a result of a personal situation. He explains: 

I started making jewelry in 2013 when I couldn’t find a special Christmas present for my wife. At this point, I decided to use my 3D modeling skills to build a star-shaped pendant and used 3D printing technology to make it in sterling silver. That was my first jewelry design and she still enjoys wearing it.

My idea is to make use of 3D printing technology and Modern Art to transform art pieces into wearable jewelry. My goal is to design energetic limited and specialized jewelry.   

Chan’s pieces are all quite notable, but one we’ve selected for this week’s Design is the Kinetic Ring, as it includes a feature we haven’t seen before: motion! 

The sterling silver ring contains a channel in which three 4.76mm ruby spheres are laid. The channel spirals up and down – and the ruby spheres are able to roll through the channels when the ring is moved. Chan explains the ring design: 

Kinetic Ring is inspired by kinetic rolling balls. This ring with three ruby spheres that start at the top track, and by gravity follow a path into a small spiral. The rolling gemstones move with every movement of the wearer. It explores the delicate balance between freedom and captivity.

It’s a bit hard to visualize with words alone, so we recommend you watch this short video of the Kinetic Ring: 

As you might imagine, this is a design you cannot 3D print at home; Chan sells prints only, and they are priced at USD$275 from Vulcan Jewelry. Chan explains that the Kinetic Ring is also available in white, yellow or rose gold materials. 

Via Vulcan Jewelry

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!