We can never have too many pieces of cute jewelry, right? I love rings. I collect them, I make them and wear them all year. This tutorial is all about using a 3D printer to quickly help and make this cute geometric statement ring. Shall we start making? Read on for the full tutorial!
What about the Silhouette Alta 3D Printer?
The Silhouette Alta is a 3D printing machine that can help you create amazing 3D objects, like our ring’s geometric shape, out of PLA plastic filament when connected to your computer.
When you purchase the Silhouette Alta, you can use a few free 3D designs to play with or design your own 3D objects. For today’s project, we will make our own geometric design by first designing a 2D version in Silhouette Studio, then importing the design into the 3D software that comes with the Alta 3D Printer. This feature is the one I use most because it’s so easy to design and use Silhouette Studio (which also comes as a free version)
PLA Plastic Filament – 3D Printing Material
According to Silhouette America, the PLA plastic filament is the material used by the Alta to 3D print our projects. Once the filament is loaded in to the 3D Printer, the machine heats the PLA plastic filament to a high temperature. The heat softens the filament which allows the printer to feed it through the print head of the machine and print your 3D geometric shape in layers. It’s pretty cool to watch your design get printed layer by layer into a 3D object.
The Silhouette Alta comes with a sample of white PLA plastic filament to get you started with your 3D projects. I personally love the white filament because of its versatility – you can leave the color as-is or you can paint the finished 3D object to any color you want. I’ve used chalk paint before and love its matte finish on the 3D design. There are larger rolls of filament in a variety of colors on the Silhouette America website you can purchase as well.
Silhouette America also states on its site that their PLA plastics do not contain BPA and is biodegradable.
Silhouette 3D Software (access comes when you purchase the Alta)
Strong jewelry glue
Gold plated ring blank. A ring blank is a ring that you can decorate for jewelry making. They come as a solid ring with a flat plate or as an adjustable ring with a blank plate. We use this blank plate to decorate and customize the ring. I got my adjustable ring blank at Michaels but you can find similar ones online
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