The Future of Luxe Jewelry

LACE’s Catena Necklace in 3D Printed Steel

“Jenny translates the complex line-based geometries of Oyler Wu’s architectural projects into jewelry and brings a high level of technical skill to the crowded 3D-printing field, “ Bobbye Tigerman, curator at LACMA, explained.

LACE by Jenny Wu, the leading 3D printing luxe jewelry line, have collaborated with ExOne, a global technology leader for industrial grade additive manufacturing, to produce one of the first fully 3D printed, interlocking designer steel necklaces of its kind. Entitled Catena, this architecturally inspired, geometrically complex necklace previously only available in nylon is now 3D printed in steel through ExOne’s Binder Jetting Technology, an additive manufacturing process in which a liquid binding agent is selectively deposited to join powder particles.

“For the past 3 years, my necklaces have been the most iconic, popular pieces in my collection. Unlike most 3D printed necklaces out there, our pieces are fully 3D printed without any additional analog assembly nor non-3D printed hardware to hold these incredible statement pieces around the neck. This type of necklace was a technical and financial challenge to 3D print entirely in metal until now. While we love the wearability of our nylon necklaces, our goal was always to 3D print our necklaces in metal, from the hinge down to the latch,” Jenny Wu, the director of LACE, explained. “After many years of testing and prototyping with various different technologies, we were finally able to produce the Catena necklace with ExOne and their 3D printing process.”

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This past month, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) officially acquired the Catena Steel Necklace for their permanent Collection. The Catena Necklace not only pushes the limits of metal 3D printing but is also an extraordinary artistic statement.

“Jenny translates the complex line-based geometries of Oyler Wu’s architectural projects into jewelry and brings a high level of technical skill to the crowded 3D-printing field, “ Bobbye Tigerman, the Marliyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator at LACMA, explains. “The Catena necklace is her most sophisticated design to date, both conceptually and…

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