Our hotel in Bali was located in a village known for producing jewellery using traditional methods. My son Russell and I signed up for a crash course in traditional jewellery production. Russell ended up producing a silver pendant for his mother with some help from me and the instructor. This experience was surreal for me because I work for 3D Systems, a company that makes and sells 3D printers that can print wax patterns for jewellery produced by the investment casting method. Thanks to our technology now you can design jewellery in 3D design software, 3D print the wax pattern which is used to create a mould into which molten metal is poured to get a solid metal part, which is then polished to a shine. We have essentially put traditional jewellery manufacturers out of business and here I was learning how to produce jewellery from one such traditional manufacturer.
This is how we did it.