Flower Power Earrings

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Flower Power Earrings

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Flower Power! earrings are 3d printed from PLA, a plant-based biodegradable polymer (PLA), then finished with nickel-free earring wire, in this case, copper. Crafted with a copper ring trapped inside, each earring is made in a single 3d print, which had been paused to insert the ring. Including the earring wire hook, drop length is 36 mm (1.4 in), 22 mm wide (0.87 mm). For scale, scroll to the photo with a US dime, which has a diameter very similar to that of the copper ring.

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Due to the nature of the fused deposition modeling technology (FDM) of the 3d printer used, you will see layers in the plastic, sometimes depositing with slight variations. This is a result of a process which cannot be repeated with the precision and consistency of a mass-produced, injection-molded item. The beauty of 3d printing is that it can allow the creation of geometries that cannot exist from an injection-mold process; in fact, even higher-precision 3d printing technologies (e.g., laser, stereolithography) may not allow for the inclusion of an additional, integrated part as you see in this design. (If there is such an example of this elsewhere, let me know as I'd love to check it out!)

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