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By Allan Regis
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About

      

3D printing is a revolutionary way that goods are being made across the world, and for this Kickstarter I am launching a product that celebrates the Maker in all of us. Something that showcases the incredible speed and precision of modern manufacturing, while also serving as a platform for creative messaging and self-expression.

I’m proud to present the Prodigy Ring as that platform—a ring that puts the power of 3D printing in and on your hands.  With the Prodigy Ring, you can showcase your individuality, and let your creativity GROW!

   

A Prodigy Ring can be designed to commemorate a special date or a meaningful occasion. It can show dedication to an organization or cause you care deeply about, or it could simply hold a positive message that uplifts and encourages you throughout the day. The Prodigy Ring is the ultimate gift for any occasion!

  

Option #1: Material

Strong & Flexible Plastic

Plastic Prodigy Rings are fun and affordable accessories for you or a large group. These rings are smooth and lightweight and make great gifts.  The Plastic Prodigy Ring is perfect for those who want to take advantage of the many color options for an added level of creative expression.

  

Non-Precious Metals

3D printed Brass and Bronze are softer metals which mimic the smoothness and shine of precious metals, but at more affordable price points. These softer metals can capture complex designs and detailed fonts with ease, and they can also be left unpolished to showcase a beautiful and intricate surface design.

  

Steel

3D printed steel is a durable material that can easily stand up to daily use. These rings are remarkably light for their strength and have a smooth but wonderfully textured feel against your skin.

 

Precious Metals

3D printed brass is coated (or ‘plated’) with a precious metal of your choosing (14k gold, 18k rose gold, or rhodium). This gives the brass the outward appearance of a precious metal to let you make a luxurious statement that won’t break the bank.

The silver materials (Raw or Polished) are solid all the way through, and their ability to stand up to everyday wear make them excellent materials for long-lasting rings. Plated rhodium has incredible rust-proof properties that make it an outstanding material for personalized trophies or mementos.

  

Option #2: Band Style

Wide Bands have extended edges to help you make a bold statement with your custom ring.

Narrow Bands have a thin strip of metal connecting the top and bottom of the letters. These bands are unisex and discrete, and stand a little taller than an average wedding ring.  This style also makes great custom necklaces.

Stackable Bands make for dainty rings that feel weightless on the finger. These bands can be combined with other stackable rings to produce custom messages that go up and down the finger, or with a variety of materials to take your accessories to the next level!

   

Option #3: Charms

 

Charms are centerpiece symbols that give a bold callout to each ring. Use these to truly make your ring a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

  

Option #4. Custom Message

Unlike with a typical ring engraving, your personalized message is built into the ring's design to guarantee it won't be overlooked.  No other jewelry like this exists, and no jewelry making process can achieve this other than 3D printing.

  

Option #5. Font

You can also choose a custom font to add deeper sentiment and personalization to your message.

   

Ring Size

Because each ring is individually crafted, it is designed to fit you perfectly.  You only need to specify the size of the ring, which can range from 4.5 to 13.5, and is available in half-size increments.

  

The Prodigy Ring has already been tested with actual buyers. Check out what these people have to say about their personalized rings!

  

Local Purchases

   

Long-Distance Purchases

  

With an infinite number of messages and over a dozen material options and styles to choose from, each Prodigy Ring is guaranteed to be uniquely yours. The Prodigy Ring is bespoke, luxurious and a creative statement; it breaks the mold of the traditional jewelry industry by offering a modern piece that is designed with sophisticated, cutting edge 3D printing technology.  But ultimately, what makes these rings special is that they are designed for you, and by you.

  

  

Want to see more awesome pictures of Prodigy Rings? Check out our Instagram page here. Also, follow us on Facebook!

 

   

Jewelry creation (3D printed or otherwise) typically begins with a wax version of the piece which is hand-carved by a designer. That wax object is then immersed in a heat-resistant material such as plaster to form a mold, and the wax is melted out of the mold to create an empty space that is then filled with molten metal. Once the metal cools, the mold is broken and discarded to obtain the final object.

Animation showing jewelry production process using a Form 2. Courtesy of Formlabs.
Animation showing jewelry production process using a Form 2. Courtesy of Formlabs.
Diagram showing the Step-by-step production of 3D printed jewelry. Image courtesy of Sculpteo.
Diagram showing the Step-by-step production of 3D printed jewelry. Image courtesy of Sculpteo.

3D printing speeds up the traditional jewelrymaking process by allowing the precise creation of many wax rings in a matter of hours, which is significantly faster than the days that it could take a designer to hand-carve even a single custom piece. (It's also much faster and more scalable than other automated methods of wax mold production, like CNC machining). By automating one of the most time-consuming steps in jewelry production, we can create stunning one-of-a-kind rings for everyone to enjoy at affordable prices.

Prodigy Rings make excellent custom napkin rings for banquets and weddings as well! The pictured ring is a wideband in size 8, 3D-printed in raw bronze. Size 13 is recommended for cloth napkins.
Prodigy Rings make excellent custom napkin rings for banquets and weddings as well! The pictured ring is a wideband in size 8, 3D-printed in raw bronze. Size 13 is recommended for cloth napkins.

  

 

3D modeling and 3D printing are incredibly powerful tools for creation on their own. But by using computer programming, the average time to complete the 3D modeling design process for any number of rings can be reduced from 30 minutes to 30 SECONDS per ring. See the difference in the video clips below!

 

   

Prodigy Rings are designed with precision and detail in mind for any ring variation you choose. Here's some of the steps we've taken to ensure the quality of your ring.

  

Consistent ring sizing across all materials

Materials tend to expand when they are 3D printed. The computer code compensates for these changes to calculate an accurate sizing for each ring.
Materials tend to expand when they are 3D printed. The computer code compensates for these changes to calculate an accurate sizing for each ring.

      

Advanced 3D Printability checks that ensure design integrity

Each 3D model goes through a digital quality check to ensure that it can withstand the 3D printing process.
Each 3D model goes through a digital quality check to ensure that it can withstand the 3D printing process.

  

Manual Inspections

Finally, each ring will be inspected by hand and thoroughly checked for abnormalities before being shipped to a backer
Finally, each ring will be inspected by hand and thoroughly checked for abnormalities before being shipped to a backer

    

Not Sure About Your Ring Size? No Problem!  

The Prodigy Ring has tons of uses that go beyond jewelry, but if you intend on wearing your customized ring then you’ll need to know your ring size.

The most accurate way to determine your ring size is by making a stop to any local jewelry store for a free sizing which only takes a couple minutes. But there are plenty of other ways you can determine your ring size from the comfort of your own home. Take a look these Design Guidelines to learn more!

    

Reward tiers are determined based on your choice of material. From there you can choose any other customization options you like; there is no additional fee for your choice of Band Style, Ring Size, Charm, Custom Message, or Font. Customization choices will be taken via a backer survey at the end of the campaign. And for you, my wonderful backers, shipping of all orders will be FREE of charge!

I'm encouraging backers to get a package of three rings to get better acquainted with different materials, and to experiment with different custom messages. This is especially great for Stackable rings because you can mix and match materials and phrases.

Instructions will be sent out during the campaign that explain how to access the 3D models of rings.

   

DAY ONE SPECIAL!

All single ring purchases are 10% off from now until the end of Friday.  Enjoy the savings, and please support my campaign while the offer lasts!

   

 

 

  

 

  
The money from this campaign will be put into reward fulfillment and helping me launch my business. It will also go into buying advanced 3D printing equipment that would help me test new designs so that I can offer them to the public faster. I have many more ideas that I'd like to share with you all, so please, help make this dream a reality!
    
    
  

About the Creator

      
My name is Allan! I'm a mechanical engineer based in Arlington Virginia. I received my B.E. from Vanderbilt University in 2014 and the following year I got my M.S. in Technology Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame. When I'm not designing jewelry I can be found watching anime, teaching 3D modeling, or building things at my local TechShop.
  
This Kickstarter means more to me than just selling rings: it's about me finally getting to share my skill and passion with the world. It's about technology, it's about teaching, and most importantly it's about every one of us. We all have innately unique and beautiful things about ourselves which deserve to be celebrated, because each of us is a Prodigy in our own right.
  
So one question remains: What will you create?
  
   

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Risks and challenges

The high degree of customization means that there's always the possibility of producing a custom design that raises issues in the 3D printing process. In these types of fringe cases, I'll personally work with customers to adjust any areas of the design that cause problems to make sure that everyone's orders can be fulfilled.

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