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MAKER: CAD + 3d Printing + Casting: How to Create Custom Sterling Silver PendantsThere are many beautiful aspects to the Maker culture. The fact that each one of us havebeen empowered to make almost anything we can think of - our ideas no longer have tolive in our dreams and sketch books.The maker themed project I will be pursuing is creation of sophisticated self-madesterling silver jewelry through CAD, rapid prototyping, molding and casting. I am anengineer who finds myself missing creative, beautiful hands on projects. Through out thelast year or two, I have been able to weave together a few discrete events to develop thisconcept for a Maker project. The first introduction that I had to maker culture was when Iwent to the –local- Maker faire in 2012 where I was astonished by the fact that the personin front of me was the person who made the item in front of me. There, I had also fallenin love with 3d printers and all the possibilities they entail. I was also drawn to the ‘fairgoods’ booth that lead me to learn about precious metal clay in jewelry making(fairgoods.com). Many months later, I went to a maker night at the local science center,where they were giving a molding/casting lesson. Finally all the ideas and concepts cametogether in my mind – I must first use CAD to design a unique beautiful pendant, 3d printit, polish the print, cast it in silicone, use precious metal clay in the mold and finally put itin a mini-kiln to create a sophisticated custom designed pendant for a necklace.Preliminary Maker Project Outline1) Conceive Idea2) CAD design (Rhino, AutoCad and/or solidworks)3) 3d printing4) Fill and polish the5) Create Mold6) Cast with Precious Metal Clay7) Fire the object in the kilnI have established the process for this project in my mind and sketchbook, but have yet totry it out at our local makerspace. I plan to gather a student group to join me and go to bi-weekly to try out this project (and other projects if they so choose!). The poster willoutline final actual steps of this project and any lessons learned along the way.The value of this project is that a jewelry project may bring more undergraduate womento maker spaces. Jewelry is also a common conversation topic between women, whichmeans more dialogue between women about the amazing intersection of creativity,design and engineering processes. Of course this opportunity provides engineeringundergrads of all demographics the chance to work with their hands and exposure tomethods and tools. One final benefit of maker projects in general is the inherent shiftaway from mindless consumerism due to the effort that is put into crafting our ownpossessions.
Jatana Vathje , L., & Eggermont, M., & Brennan, B. (2015, June), MAKER: CAD + 3D Printing + Mold-Making: How to Create Custom Sterling Silver Pendants Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24449
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