Dec.19, 2013

UK based Newton 3D today unveiled some information about its ground breaking desktop metal 3D printer.

Built from the research of Esteban Schunemann, PhD student at Brunel University in London, Newton 3D is claimed to be an affordable 3D printer that can 3D print objects in metals such as gold, silver, bronze, copper and steel. It was developed specifically for jewellers, product designers, homeware designers and fashion designers.

Newton 3D was founded in 2009 by Esteban Schunemann and was funded by iMakr.VC. Esteban's design was awarded the joint winner prize for the Goldsmiths' Technological Innovation Award 2013 by the Craft and Design Council.

The Newton 3D uses metal clays such as bronze, sterling silver, copper and steel which are then fired. The parts can also be finished. According to the company, The Newton 3D has build platform around 5 in x 5 in (127 x 127 mm) but so far they have focused on applications to smaller pieces. "The system itself can move at 2000mm/min, but with metal we prefer to keep it at 300mm/min. The cufflinks take 15 min to print each." Romain Kidd, Chief Marketing Officer of told us.

But aside from the above brief information the company gave on the product, Newton 3D has kept much of it under wraps, declining to reveal how the 3D printer looks like, what hardware and software it includes, and how much the device costs. "We will be slowly revealing more in the coming weeks." said Kidd.

For our curious readers Newton 3D has shared exclusively 2 videos of the printing process, and you can find them here and here.

Stay tuned for more information. Below are a few nice 3D printed metal objects made on the Newton 3D metal printer.


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n.a. wrote at 1/4/2014 6:47:31 AM:

I don't see the price of the printer.

Andreas wrote at 12/25/2013 11:03:56 PM:

nice idea! Guess i now know what to do with my old and dusty 1st generation 3Dprinter. He will get one of the paste extruders i've found on thingiverse and we'll see how that works. With access to a very nice temperature regulated kiln that i had to modify a while back, i see no problem. I just did not know that there is metal clay out there that could be used like that.

Steve wrote at 12/22/2013 2:37:45 PM:

It’s a great idea, and one which could be even better with improved z resolution and a smaller nozzle. PMCs can be traditionally finished with files and abrasives to a pretty good finish, then fired. It just annoys me that these guys so far have made no mention of the fact the clay must be fired in a kiln, which is not a cheap bit of kit, I think $300 for a cheap jewellery size one. Once fired, they can be polished to an impressive finish judging by the example photos on PMC manufacturers' websites and shrinkage is easily allowed for in software, I believe it is very uniform. There is also the fact you’re buying 99% pure gold powder - not exactly a cheap material! You'd want to be doing a few test prints in copper first!

Perry Engel wrote at 12/20/2013 9:13:17 PM:

frostruder was extruding slurry and clays a few years ago. simply repackaging the frostruder and having it extrude PMC is not exactly "revolutionary". Also PMC metals are spongy, have a shrinkage factor, and have a few other characteristics that are less ideal than a cast metal item. There is a place for this tech, but for jewelry PMC is not ideal. This is a novelty, not a game changer.

Makerfarmman wrote at 12/20/2013 4:41:16 PM:

This is cool. But we never seem to see anything like this becoming a product yet. I could think of many uses already for this!

IoanF wrote at 12/20/2013 11:58:38 AM:

Nice. It seems they managed to print bronze (gold, steel etc) clay. The recipe is well known to jewellers:

JD90 wrote at 12/20/2013 1:06:33 AM:

Can you please just not report on this one? The slow, occasional revelation of a features at a time is just a way to get more stories out there. Newton 3D people: Just tell us what it is in one swoop or go away.

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