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Holy Faya: Combining 3D Printing with Traditional Jewelry
Holy Faya is a creative studio founded by Celia Elmasu and Nelly Zagury,a French artist duo. They create unique ornaments using 3D printing combined with traditional jewelry. Their jewelry combines PLA with precious metals. According to them “We dream, we draw, we design the 3D modeling, we print, we add precious materials. We love mixing our 3D printed creations with mother of pearl, gold, skins, stones & crystals..” Their short film “The Black Crook” premiered on Feb. 12, 2016, at the Chimney NYC, Brooklyn, thechimneynyc.com.
3D printing using plastic has limited scope due to the fragile nature of plastic. Any serious manufacturing is not possible without using metal. 3D printing using metal or Metal Additive Manufacturing has seen significant growth recently. Metals are 3D printed by melting metal powder using a laser beam to fuse it into a solid part. Metals used for 3D printing include stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, copper, silver, gold, alloys of titanium, cobalt, titanium, nickel, among others.
3D printing of metals is used in several industries including aerospace, automobile industry, jewelry, medical, among others. Medical industry, for example, dental and orthopedics benefits with the ability to customize parts for specific individuals. The quality of the 3D printed metal objects is comparable to objects made by conventional manufacturing processes. Manufacturing based on 3D printing results in very little waste compared to conventional manufacturing. Therefore Metal Additive Manufacturing continues to grow and become a significant part of manufacture.