Virginia Hui Wang founded HCStudio in 2016, researching the science and applications of Lasers and Materials in making small and complex metal components.
She successfully created laser metallurgy technologies and techniques that make small metal parts straight from computer designs. In 2019 she founded GemX, the first fine jewelry and art brand that makes products entirely with this efficient and eco-friendly technology. HCStudio now has partners across multiple industries including aerospace, research institutes, jewelry workshops and denture factories. GemX is now an award-winning design jewelry brand, the first sustainable fine jewelry brand that creates entirely with 3D printing and lab-grown gemstones.
Nora Toure: Virginia, could you let us know about your background and your journey to Additive Manufacturing?
Virginia Hui Wang: I have been in the jewelry business for 8 years. In January 2015 I was touring in CES Las Vegas and a beautiful 3D printed plastic dress caught my attention. Immediately I got curious about how it was made. I started to learn about additive manufacturing. After spending 1 year digging into numerous papers and reports, I felt AM had the potential to make revolutionary impacts on jewelry making.
Nora Toure: What is HCStudio and what is the story behind it?
Virginia Hui Wang: In 2016 I established HCStudio Technology, a laser and material lab that focuses on design and metallurgy science of making small complex components with additive manufacturing. Working closely with scientists and designers, the team successfully developed techniques to make complex metal components from computer designs to finished products in only a few hours. Later I founded GemX, a sustainable fine jewelry brand built around this technology and lab-grown gemstones.
Nora Toure: To date, what would you say is your greatest achievement in Additive Manufacturing?
Virginia Hui Wang: Creating award winning fine jewelry made with Selective Metal Melting (SLM) and promoting awareness of AM in jewelry industry in China.
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