In A Few Words
R+D is bold, colorful and kitschy 3D printed jewelry. Designs range from minimalist dangles and local landmarks, to Beyoncé in her 'Single Ladies' video and flamingos that turn pink.
R+D makes fun, kitschy, 3D-printed jewelry. We offer inexpensive jewelry that can be easily customized. There are dozens of designs to choose from, each capturing the lively, whimsical spirit of our brand. The jewelry makes for a great gift or a lovely treat for yourself.
The process starts with designing the jewelry, then rendering those designs into 3D before printing. 3D printing is a process for forming physical objects through additive manufacturing, where the printer adds material layer by layer. The material we use is PLA or polylactic acid. PLA is a biodegradable and bioactive polyester that derives from renewable resources, such as corn starch, cassava roots, or sugarcane.
R+D (est. 2017) is named after Rebekah and Doug (est. 2006).
R is the shop manager, designer, and printer. She has worked as a graphic designer and sold printed tea towels previously on Etsy. She came to 3D printing in a more roundabout way. D has been working in the maker movement for over a decade. Following their collaboration on previous projects, D tried to convince R that they should have a 3D printer at home. Although R long resisted the temptation, she agreed after D was gifted an inexpensive 3D printer. R began learning more about how to design for 3D printing and began creating earrings. Things have moved quickly from there. R is the designer and creator of all of the items, and has over 100 unique designs to choose from.