As experienced model makers aged out of the jewelry industry, R&D Manufacturing found a faster alternative to hand crafting in Datron’s Neo micro milling machine. It all came down to rpm.  R&D Manufacturing CEO Phil Montalto stands next to the Datron Neo, a milling machine that he describes as a “game-changing” technology for the company. The creation of master models and prototypes for jewelry has been reduced in some cases by 4,000% by switching from 3D printing to milling.  Here is an example of the molding process R&D Manufacturing commonly uses for its jewelry parts. To make this bracelet clasp, the Datron Neo is first used to mill the mold out of aluminum. The mold is filled with wax, which is then covered in plaster and placed in the oven. The heat melts the wax and hardens the plaster, leaving a cavity into which the molten metal can be poured to make the clasp.  Design engineer Marc Fournier uses the Neo’s touchscreen interface to set up an aluminum mold job. Having no machining experience, the Neo’s optical system for locating the workpiece has been a significant benefit. All he has to do is use his finger to locate the part visually, and the control takes ...