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ITRI Taiwan’s ‘Orchid-Spirit’ hairpin design wins 2014 Singapore 3D printing competition #3DxJewelry #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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ITRI Taiwan’s ‘Orchid-Spirit’ hairpin design wins 2014 Singapore 3D printing competition, from 3Ders.org:

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has won the top prize of S$10,000 (US$7,900) at the 2014 Singapore International Jewellery 3D Printing Competition organized by NTU Additive Manufacturing Centre (NAMC), the institute said Monday.

In this competition, NAMC was looking for orchid-inspired jewelry pieces that are distinctive and pleasurably wearable. Vanda Miss Joaquim, a hybrid orchid cultivar, was chosen in 1981 to be Singapore’s national flower. In this competition, jewelry is defined as small decorative items such as necklaces, bracelets, bangles, rings, earrings, and head or hair accessories.

There were a total of 71 entries submitted from seven countries. The top prize is awarded to the ITRI team for their “Orchid-Spirit” hairpin which features elegant gold 3D printed petals and a delicate pin with silver tincture. The pin can be transformed into a bracelet while the flower buds contain oil that releases fragrance over time….

…The 3D printed “Orchid-Spirit” hairpin weighs 66 gram. The design was built up layer by layer using direct metal laser sintering, an additive manufacturing technique that uses a laser as the power source to sinter powdered material. The “Orchid-Spirit” hairpin was printed in titanium, steel, cobalt, chromium and other metal materials, and each layer thickness was set at 20 to 30um. The whole printing process took about 10 hours to complete. After 3D printing, the final product was coated in gold….

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