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Reduce Jewelry Production Costs with 3D Printing

Reduce Jewelry Production Costs with 3D Printing

July 8, 2018 – By Joseph Updike

Increasing your bottom line plays an important role in fostering growth for your jewelry business. Whether you currently mill your castable models, outsource them, or use another 3D printer, the B9 Core Series printers will improve your business and increase your profit margins.

Prototyping Pieces In-House

Designers can reduce lengthy turnaround and expensive outsourcing by prototyping pieces in-house, checking for style and a perfect fit before printing and casting the final model. With the ability to print multiple design iterations in minutes to finalize your design before it's cast, changes cost mere pennies, not hundreds of dollars in precious metals or an equally valuable resource – your time.

Online jewelers and Etsy retailers have also found the best way to serve their clients across the globe is by sending them a 3D printed model in a durable, fine-detail material before creating their finished piece. Customer get a hands-on look at their custom creation, feel more connected to the designer, and no part of the process is lost in translation.

If you currently outsource your production, you are probably spending a fortune on your custom models. Longtime B9Creations customer Frank Kapplow continues to explain in his case study.

 "If I had to have a wax grown or model made, you are talking $10 a mm. A regular ring is going to cost $200-$300 dollars just to get the model made.”

- Frank Caplow – Delmas Diamonds & Jewelers 

Castable, Cost-Effective Consumables

Both B9Creations Emerald and Yellow resins are the most affordable materials on the market for castable jewelry models, often hundreds of dollars less expensive than other materials.

yellow-and-emeraldwebAnd, the additive nature of 3D printing means you won’t be wasting money on unused materials like you would with a subtractive process such as milling. Virtually all your materials will go towards growing models and not waste. Our inexpensive materials are high-quality with clean burnout, zero ash, and smooth surface finish guaranteed . 

Another consumable that is often overlooked when purchasing a 3D printer is the resin tank or vat. Most companies sell vats for around $55-$120, but these vats need to be recoated or replaced after around 20 prints. B9Creations’ DuraVat is an investment to continue producing perfect prints for 600 prints or one year and many will last well over one thousand. With competitors at $55 dollars per vat, 600 prints will cost you $1,650 in vat replacements. Double that at $3,300 to equal the value of the two B9 uraVats included with any purchase of a B9 Core Series. The B9 DuraVat’s durability will help to save your business money.

Milling or Hand-Carving vs. 3D Printing

If you do not 3D print your pieces for casting, you’re paying a fortune to produce a few pieces per day. Hand carving or milling wax jewelry pieces is a labor-intensive process that will cut into your profit margins. 3D printing is much simpler. Employees can start a print, do work elsewhere, and then come back when the print is finished - and it doesn't take a technician with deep expertise to run the printer. Plus the B9 Core Series' superior speed allows for print times of even castable models in under an hour, meaning that your workers won’t need to all day to finish a model.

“B9Creations 3D printers have added a 30% additional profit margin to everything I make because I no longer have to pay anyone to produce my products, and I have a milling machine, but I can't use it on a lot of things. Having a 3D printer is like paying a fantastic employee a one-time salary and never paying them again.”

- Frank Kapplow, Delmas Diamonds & Jewelers

With print times are four times faster than the competitors, you can produce more models per day, while still cutting down on labor costs.

With a payback in twelve to eighteen months (or sooner!), a B9 Core Series 3D printer is an investment that will pay for itself quickly in production cost reduction, making your business more efficient and increasing your profitability.

Check out our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing for Jewelry Businesses. In this guide you'll learn how 3D printing can help you overcome the biggest challenges you're facing, what to look for in a 3D printer, and when's the right time to buy - while helping you grow your business, serve customers faster, find the best ways to bring production in-house, and lower your operating costs.


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