Human Interface Jewellery's ethos is to design products in a more environmentally and socially responsible way. We make only what is needed by using the latest metal manufacturing technology—3D printing. Designs are user tested and voted on by an engaged community to ensure people get the products they want and love. The first range is dedicated to women in tech, with software inspired designs in titanium, silver and gold, giving a new spin to "wearable tech".
Human Interface Jewellery™ uses software development techniques to create fine gold, silver and titanium customized jewelry for professional women in technology. Metal 3D printing, which is still in its infancy, is used to create the fine 3D printed jewelry for tech lovers.
Women make up only a fifth of the IT industry's population (ISACA 2016), and we intend to give these women something to wear that is both feminine and tech-forward. The jewelry line brings together UI, jewelry design, and 3D CAD design.
To make sure we are giving customers a voice in the range, we will release a new design each month—in just the same way that software applications release regular updates to their customers. The designs that are released are prioritized based on the customers' feedback by using social media to find out which designs are more popular before 3D modeling and beginning prototyping.
The Human Interface Jewellery™ online shop went live in March with the first pieces—3d printed computer icon stud earrings. April's release has been a set of computer cursor pendants and the following months have been kinetic designs—such as a fidget spinner-esk toggle ring and slider necklace.
HI Jewellery's pieces are 3D printed using two types of 3D printing.
1. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) in titanium and silver.
2. Material jetting—when the piece is 3D printed in wax, then lost-wax-cast in the desired metal; gold or silver.
DMLS enables the kinetic pieces to be 3D printed all in one, along with creating unique textures that traditional jewellery manufacturing doesn't enable. At this stage 3D printing is an efficient and sustainable way to produce the intricate designs in small batches.
HI Jewellery has also created a virtual reality jewelry gallery for customers to interact with the jewelry before purchasing, supporting the made-to-order customer experience by giving customers the opportunity to virtually try-before-you-buy.