French designers build a 3D-printed metal watch

The French watchmaker Unitam and the 3D printing company Stainless teamed up to create a unique 3D printed watch, the first of its kind kind. The team created the watch case using laser sintering to melt the 316L stainless steel powder on a Renishaw AM250 printer.

The watch, which uses French-made hands and a Miyota movement, is not entirely printed in 3D. However, as 3D printing is now almost infallible and almost as powerful as injection molding, teams will begin to mass produce and sell these watches at Unitam salons in Paris.

The watchmaker and the metallurgical company presented their watch at the Micronora show in the watchmaking town of France, Besançon.

This is an intelligent case and unique for 3D printing and I would love to see more. Unfortunately, today's 3D printing systems do not make it possible to create small complex parts for watch movements. So we have to make larger and less complex parts until the technology really takes off.

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