With the introduction of the LC Precision 1.5 desktop 3D printer into their workflow, Quimbaya Orfebreria have scaled up their production by 400%, reduced manufacturing time by 80% and introduced many complex designs into their exclusive and unique jewellery collections. Goldsmiths Quimbaya Orfebreria Watch Case Study close “We chose Photocentric’s printers because we believe that the price-performance ratio is excellent; Photocentric also know how to continue to evolve and develop extremely good 3D products for the industry. The level of detail achieved when manufacturing our unique jewellery is excellent with LC Precision 1.5. We can produce a large capacity of moulds in a short time thanks to its advanced technology.” Quimbaya Orfebreria *Orfebreria – Goldsmithing Located in the city of Mendiolaza Córdoba, Argentina, are Goldsmiths Quimbaya with their dedication to manufacturing unique jewellery; priding themselves on crafting special pieces for the needs of their customers in Argentina. In the heart of Quimbaya’s workshop lies a multidisciplinary team where the skill of the Goldsmith combines with engineering know how, allowing one-of-a-kind pieces to be crafted day in day out. Traditional limitations are no more, 3D printing technology now accompanies the hands of Quimbaya’s qualified craftsman, giving them the perfect blend of traditional methods with advanced technology to produce multiple pieces of great complexity and quality every day. Marcel Acrich, Juanma Romero and Nacho Romero welcome you to the “Fabulous World of Jewellery” – Juanma Romero, Founder “We are Quimbaya. An avant-garde company that fuses the beautiful trade of the Orfebreria* with 3D technology to produce exclusive jewellery” – Quimbaya Orfebreria Company Introdution Extensive Process Manual labour also meant a lengthy manufacturing process, especially with each piece having to go through a full production before being presented to the end customer. This includes casting, rolling, stamping, filing, grinding, crimping and polishing. Saturation of production Employing more goldsmiths meant more hands were available for production, however, the traditional methods of working by hand meant Quimbaya still faced the problem of being unable to achieve complex designs for their clientele. Limitation of complex designs Challenges Despite production being at full capacity, demand began to outweigh supply – the manual labour production could not meet the level of jewellery orders. The solution at this time was to scale up production by employing more goldsmiths. * The production can be up to 14,400 pieces without to change its costs using 3D printing.
** Average cost per piece.
3D Method Total Cost** Costs 1,440
Manual Method Quantity of Prints Workforce Metal Savings $2**
Saving per piece (Average ring)