The Perceptions of Wearable Accessory Designers in Applying 3D Printing Technology
The Maker Movement has ushered in new ways of creating, such as three-dimensional printing (3DP), which has led to mass customization rather than mere consumption. Due to this transition in manufacturing and the limitation on literature regarding designer's use of 3DP technology, this study explores the perceptions of wearable accessory designers' experiences using 3DP. Sixteen participants were recruited from Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America on a 3DP e-commerce platform. Overall, the interview data indicated that participants emphasized the ease of using 3DP over traditional jewelry-making techniques. The participants further described their preferences for Rhino 3D, and plastic materials (e.g., ABS and PLA). Other key findings included participants' perspectives on the ease of ring design over necklaces for 3DP, the ease of entering the field of 3DP, and the future need for improved quality 3DP printers. This study contributes to existing research regarding 3DP applications in jewelry design.