DIY Gemstone Faceting Machine (video)

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DIY Gemstone Faceting Machine (video)

DIY Gemstone Faceting Machine

GemCreator takes the form of a 3D printed gemstone faceting machine which has been created by the team at Swirling Brain and offers a unique way to create your very own gem creating system which is capable of grinding a wide variety of different materials.

Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the procedure which is also listed below and can transform your ref rock into a gemstone.

GemCreator has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to develop the system further and take it into production. The process of creating a gemstone includes:

Glue a marble or stone to the end of a dobstick (wait until dry).
• Insert dobstick into machine head – zero dobstick and zero turret
• Rough grind Girdle and Pavilion facets with 240 grit disc
• Medium grind Girdle and Pavilion facets with 800 grit disc
• Fine grind Girdle and Pavilion facets with 2000 grit disc
• Polish Girdle and Pavilion facets with cerium oxide disc
• Transfer dobstick to do the Crown
• Rough grind Crown facets with 240 grit disc
• Medium grind Crown facets with 800 grit disc
• Fine grind Crown facets with 2000 grit disc
• Polish Girdle and Pavilion facets with cerium oxide disc

If you are making jewelry, such as rings, earrings, pendants and other pieces, a gemstone can be a beautiful finishing touch and can be a beautiful centerpiece for your jewelry.  Beautiful custom jewelry deserves a custom gemstone. Creating a gemstone can be a tedious and a time consuming process.  Making a gemstone manually can mean hours of hands on work with a lapidary and meticulous counting of passes to make sure each facet is similar in size as the other facets.

The GemCreator 3D Printed faceting machine helps to automate and make the process of making a custom gemstone easier.  The GemCreator can be configured to create a loop of facets, and do multiple passes of those loops moving in slightly between each pass automatically.  This means that after setting up a grind, you can walk away from it to do other things while it works away at its task.

Doing the Rough grind takes the most time to get the gemstone into the basic shape.  The other discs are only used for a few passes.  So after the rough grind the rest of the process goes quicker for the rest of the hemisphere.  Since the rough grind takes the most time, the automatic grinding makes it very handy.  Theoretically, the user can get the automatic grinding going and then walk away and come back when all of the passes are complete for the rough grind.

Source: Kickstarter


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