Customer Story

Goldsmiths Quimbaya Orfebreria

With the introduction of the LC Precision 1.5 desktop 3D printer into their workflow, Quimbaya Orfebreria have scaled up their production by 400%, reduced manufacturing time by 80% and introduced many complex designs into their exclusive and unique jewelry collections.

Company Introdution

“We are Quimbaya. An avant-garde company that fuses the beautiful trade of the Orfebreria* with 3D technology to produce exclusive jewelry” – Quimbaya Orfebreria

*Orfebreria – Goldsmithing

Located in the city of Mendiolaza Córdoba, Argentina, are Goldsmiths Quimbaya with their dedication to manufacturing unique jewelry; priding themselves on crafting special pieces for the needs of their customers in Argentina. In the heart of Quimbaya’s workshop lies a multidisciplinary team where the skill of the Goldsmith combines with engineering know how, allowing one-of-a-kind pieces to be crafted day in day out. Traditional limitations are no more, 3D printing technology now accompanies the hands of Quimbaya’s qualified craftsman, giving them the perfect blend of traditional methods with advanced technology to produce multiple pieces of great complexity and quality every day. Marcel Acrich, Juanma Romero and Nacho Romero welcome you to the “Fabulous World of Jewelry”

“We chose Photocentric’s printers because we believe that the price-performance ratio is excellent; Photocentric also know how to continue to evolve and develop extremely good 3D products for the industry. The level of detail achieved when manufacturing our unique jewelry is excellent with LC Precision 1.5. We can produce a large capacity of molds in a short time thanks to its advanced technology.”

– Juanma Romero, Founder

Challenges

Saturation of production

Despite production being at full capacity, demand began to outweigh supply – the manual labour production could not meet the level of jewelry orders. The solution at this time was to scale up production by employing more goldsmiths.

Limitation of complex designs

Employing more goldsmiths meant more hands were available for production, however, the traditional methods of working by hand meant Quimbaya still faced the problem of being unable to achieve complex designs for their clientele.

Extensive Process

Manual labor also meant a lengthy manufacturing process, especially with each piece having to go through a full production before being presented to the end customer. This includes casting, rolling, stamping, filing, grinding, crimping and polishing.

Solution

3D printing with LC Precision desktop printer

Quimbaya decided to turn to the advanced technology of 3D printing for a solution to increase their production levels and overcome design restraint. They chose to incorporate the Photocentric LC Precision 1.5 desktop printer into their workflow – the award-winning, high-resolution printer ideal for intricate applications such as jewelry, dental models and miniature figurine work.

With its optimized range of resins for jewelry design and manufacturing: Daylight Precision Cast for high definition castable parts, Precision Concept for prototyping designs before proceeding with manufacture and Precision Mould for use in silicone moulds, the LC Precision range is an ideal package for designers and manufacturers in the jewelry industry.

3D Printing Model Figurines Photocentric
3D Printing Model Figurines Photocentric

Printed on LC Precision 1.5 with New Daylight Precision Violet Cast resin – the new and improved formulation for creating high definition castable parts, with improved performance and finished result.

LC Precision 1.5 is no longer on sale

Results of integrating LC Precision 1.5 into Quimbaya’s workflow

Manufacturing time reduced by 80%

Production increased by 400%

The build volume capabilities of LC Precision 1.5 mean that Quimbaya can maximize capacity in one print run; filling the platform bed and printing several intricate pieces in one go, or even printing multiple models of the same design. This has eliminated the need for long hours of manual labour, streamlining the manufacturing process.

An LC Precision 1.5 unit teamed with their skilled labor has allowed Quimbaya to scale up their production; increasing throughput significantly, allowing supply to meet demand.

Rapid Low-cost high definition prototyping for client consultation

More intricate and complex designs produced

Prototype pieces can be made with the Daylight Precision jewelry resin range at a very low cost, allowing Quimbaya to present designs to clients for consultation and fitting purposes in a small time-frame before sending it off for production, further improving the client’s experience and satisfaction.

 

With 3D printing, any design idea can now be realised with a high level of detail compared with manual manufacturing – a great example of such complex work is the Game of Thrones spoon project.

Costs

Method

Manual

3D Printing

Quantity of Prints

1,440

1,440*

Workforce

$10**

$2**

Metal

Same

Same

Resin

N/A

$20

Total Cost**

$14.10

$3.52

* The production can be up to 14,400 pieces without to change its costs using 3D printing.

** Average cost per piece.

Savings

$10.88 | 70%

Saving per piece (average ring)