Today, Scott helped me add a bit more meat to the prongs around the diamond which in turn supported the sapphires. He did a really great job, and we're both extremely happy with the way it turned out. Check out the cool colored backgrounds we put in below.
And so we had to test out the designs on the Formlabs 3D printer. Below is a timelapse making three copies of the ring without stones. The printer uses a UV laser beam to harden resin into a solid plastic object by growing it upside down from the tilting vat at the bottom. This video timelapse is very short, but shows 2 hours of build time for the rings.
The parts come out pretty gooped up. You have to clean them off in two baths of Isopropyl alcohol, rinse them in water, and then post cure them with another long term exposure of UV light.
Above is the Isopropyl bath to thin the resin and clean off the surface of the parts. I currently have them curing in the UV box and we'll be able to take a look at them tomorrow! If all goes well, we can finally export the design off to be cast:)
My name is Richard and I'm 24. I'm Catholic, and am blessed to have a solid working job as an engineer which I look forward to each day. I grew up in a super classy place called Manassas, VA, went to college as a Duke Dog at James Madison University, and now live in Richmond, VA. RVA!