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Jeff ItoBy Jeff Ito
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Jeff ItoBy Jeff Ito
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$2,374
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 3 2014 5:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

MOCCI (mō-chē) transcends the idea of jewelry; it is a brand for the 21st century. 

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We are a team of ambitious engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, models/actors, photographers, directors and business-minded individuals with a great appreciation for technology, and a passion for style and art in all forms and facets.

We started MOCCI as part of a mission to bring luxurious high-tech jewelry to everyone. At MOCCI, we create cutting-edge jewelry using the latest technologies (3D Printing, Arduino and the Internet of Things) as well as support and educate others about the possibilities of 3D printing. You can find out more about us on our blog: www.moccidesigns.com. Future updates about our work will appear both on the website and as kickstarter updates.

We spent the last 9 months learning about 3D printing and creating our first collection. Now we need your help to take our project to the next stage and create our second collection using more advanced technology...  

Please help spread the word about MOCCI!

  

The jewelry is designed through a mix of various CAD (Computer Aided Design) software - Blender, Max, ZBrush and AutoCAD. NetFabb is used to clean up our .stl file models, remove holes, measure and prep for 3D printing. 

With profound knowledge and learning of these programs we were able to produce elegant, simple jewelry. Each piece is painstakingly configured for weight, shape and function.

"prototype sketch" of the Ruby Ring
"prototype sketch" of the Ruby Ring
A perfect pyramid wireframe render
A perfect pyramid wireframe render
Every detail of each piece is meticulously chosen
Every detail of each piece is meticulously chosen

In actually creating the jewelry prototypes we used MakerBots at my University's Fabrication Lab, 3DHubs, shapeways and just about any 3D printer we could get our hands on. Learning about various 3D Printers was an essential part of the process. And it was fun.

Here are just a few of the many "initial prototypes" for our project.

How did we use 3D printing to make jewelry?  

First, a wax mold must be made (since metal has a very high melting temperature, it is difficult and dangerous to directly 3D print). This mold is made from a 3D printer that prints in wax material. The mold is then cast through the lost wax casting method. Since our location is near the Los Angeles Jewelry District, we are in close proximity to many jewelry and casting resources. 

For others, there are many online services that will cast your 3D modeled objects for you, such as shapeways and i.materialise. There is one such company - JewelDistrict - that specializes in 3D printing and casting for jewelry. Thanks to them for this handy infographic on the jewelry casting process!

via http://www.jeweldistrict.com/
via http://www.jeweldistrict.com/

Each piece of jewelry is made from 22k Gold Plated Brass. The minimum supported wall thickness of this material is 0.8 mm. This material goes through extensive hand polishing to give it a smooth, bright finished quality. Gold Plated Brass is a durable material and it is perfect for both jewelry and precious products.

Prolonged surface wear can rub off the finish. To prevent damage, we recommend storing your item in a soft cloth pouch away from other products, and avoiding exposure to household chemicals and cleaning products.

We spent a vast amount of time creating the visual aesthetic you see now. MOCCI owes many thanks to the creative people and teams that have blessed our project over its creation (many of whom were friends).

Specifically, the funds will be used for expansion in multiple ways:

  • (yet to be named) MOCCI Collection II
  • Purchase 3D wax printers. MOCCI utilizes 3D printers and the lost-wax casting method to reduce costs and increase manufacturing speed. The acquisition of more printers will dramatically enable the supply chain to be more efficient. 
  • Develop our signature customizable jewelry application (web based and iOS). We can not announce specific features as it is still a work-in-progress but some imaginative examples are "roman numeral" ring, "signature" pendant, dog tag, etc. Customization is cornerstone to the success of MOCCI.
  • Innovate in the field of luxury wearable technology. With technology today, simple chips for tasks such as stat keeping, communication, bio-monitoring, GPS, etc can be manufactured at costs much lower than years past. 3D Printing, Arduino and the Internet of Things (IoT) will make this a reality. The focus of MOCCI is on jewelry, however we have a very close eye on wearable technology. 

Film Producer: Daniel Shahmoradian

Directors: Alberto Navarro, Corey Velderrain

Models/Actors: Tabatha Le-Beu, Yoora Lee, Vanessa Sanchez, Chanel Marie Koi, Susanne Makosky, Arielle Raycene, Ariella Gattuso

Photographers: Jasson Bautista, Petros Ioannou, Kate Flexter, SImp-Q Studio

www.kateflexter.com

Wardrobe: April Joy

Hair & Makeup: Trinidad Meja, Sofia Mera

Camera Operators, Gaffer and Grip: Josh Mendoza, Justin Joaquin, Kaleb Blakey, Nick Ingarfill

CAD Modeling: www.3dxvfx.com

Contributors: Kevin WIlliams, Chad Van Schuyver, Lindsey Ahn, Javier Gutierrez, Travis Gordon, Phillip Wisco, Zach Peoples, Kyle Doss, Niklas Witzigmann, Marie Baltazar, Yola Dayrit, Tanya Slavin, Robinson Seawick, Tamara Mendoza, Maria Raha, Tochi Madu, 

Kartik Kumar of Kuma Music for lending us his music

Follow MOCCI on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google PlusPinterest, Tumblr and our website!

Risks and challenges

As a recent graduate of University of Southern California in B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering with an SAP Specialization I have been blessed with the ability to problem solve efficiently, effectively and creatively.

Like any plan for a product, there are many risks involved. We understand that the difference between failure and success in entrepreneurship is the difference between risk taking and calculated risk taking. This risk has been vastly minimized by the combined efforts of highly knowledgeable team members with a support structure.

There are shipping risks involved with high value products and the chance of theft also increases, so extra care is taken to ensure the safe carriage of these items. We use CGI (Centinel Group Inc) security to ensure proper supply chain risk management.

In order to mitigate production risks we work with highly regarded suppliers here in the Los Angeles area. We seek counsel from multiple manufacturers to ensure the best quality product.

Manufacturing setbacks outside of our control and of the operator such as: malfunction or low levels of material supply are all risks involved with a jewelry manufacturing process.

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    EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION MOCCI COLLECTION with bonus rewards. COMES WITH ALL 6 PIECES. Each handcrafted limited edition box comes COMPLETE with photography, artwork and concept designs. The experience spans everything from initial design to the photo and film shoots. Only 15 will be available.

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