HANDCRAFTSMANSHIP AND INNOVATION
Fratelli Bovo, an important company, has turned the technical and stylistic innovation of its products into its strength.
The manufacturing techniques range from the most traditional microcasting to threedimensional sheets with laser cutting and assembling, from numerical control machines to the more recent introduction of the SLM technology.
SML technology had never been employed so far neither in goldsmithery nor by the company, which has proved a pioneer in adapting and developing it thanks to the close partnership with some of its suppliers.
It enables Fratelli Bovo to produce jewels whose shapes and weight used to be unthinkable, thus freeing the designers’ creativity from all constraints.
However, the crafstmen’s considerable skills continue to be essential for the finishing touches that turn the Fratelli Bovo jewels into valuable and unique ones, giving life to a prefect synergy between manual skills and technology.
SLM: SELECTIVE LASER MELTING
This technology consists in laying on the work-top a thin layer of powder which is then melted by a laser following specific coordinates according to the model being produced.
This operation is repeated sequentially for a number of times corresponding to the number of layers composing the computer designed 3D model.
This technique is suitable for objects where priority is given to superfi cial aesthetic qualities, lightness and freedom of shapes.
Indeed, the objects thus produced are characterized by an unprecedented level of quality as the powder alloy comes into contact with no foreign material during the whole production process.
Moreover, differently for the traditional microcasting techniques, the SLM technology has practically no environmental impact, so it is consistent with the modern social and production systems, which pay much attention to ecology.
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