Consumer ProductsFashionWearables

SEVENFRIDAY releases stunning FREE-D 3D printed watch

The 10th anniversary piece features watch-industry-first multiple PA11 parts, printed using HP's MJF technology

Stay up to date with everything that is happening in the wonderful world of AM via our LinkedIn community.

SEVENFRIDAY, a global lifestyle brand that aims to constantly challenge the norm with the designs of their industrial-inspired watches, eyewear, apparel, and accessories – is doing just that. For its 10th anniversary, the Swiss company has created the FREE-D watch – a 3D printed, industrial-style watch.

“The newest release challenges everything you expect from your run of the mill watch. Reminiscent of space travel in both form and feel, the FREE-D is the fantasy of any back to the future fanatic.”

SEVENFRIDAY releases FREE-D watch. The 3D printed watch features multiple PA11 parts, printed using HP's MJF technology.
FREE-D watch

Described as being a “harmonious marriage between the long-standing traditions of horology and the present developments combined in 3D printing”, which, according to SEVENFRIDAY, “maximizes wearing comfort: light, flexible but nonetheless resistant”.

The FREE-D watch is constructed, almost entirely, from PA11, a sustainable, castor-based polyamide. This material encases the titanium and sapphire crystal capsule with ‘architectural precision’, thanks to 3D printing. Many of the PA11 parts are digitally manufactured using HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology in conjunction with dyeing RAL (an advanced dyeing technology, specially developed, in Munich) 5004 and 7035. Using MJF for such high-precision components is a clear demonstration of the technology’s resolution capabilities.

When packaged, the FREE-D watch sits on an American-walnut ‘cushion’ and is encapsulated by an entirely 3D printed watch case, which is made, in a single print, using the PA11 material.

SEVENFRIDAY releases FREE-D watch. The 3D printed watch features multiple PA11 parts, printed using HP's MJF technology.
FREE-D’s 3D printed watch box

Finally, in the spirit of futurism – “SEVENFRIDAY believes in the merging of industries and the elimination of boundaries set by closed-mindedness and tradition. In this spirit, the FREE-D is equipped with an NFC chip that bridges each watch to its own NFT collectible and certificate.”

The FREE-D watch retails for USD 3,800 (ex. VAT)

SEVENFRIDAY is among a pool of early adopters of 3D printing within the precision watch-making industry. For other related case studies where watchmakers have turned to 3D printing, see the AddUp and KIF Parechoc partnership and Michiel Holthinrichs’ 3D printed Ornament 1 watches.

Research
Composites AM 2024

746 composites AM companies individually surveyed and studied. Core composites AM market generated over $785 million in 2023. Market expected to grow to $7.8 billion by 2033 at 25.8% CAGR. This new...

Edward Wakefield

Edward is a freelance writer and additive manufacturing enthusiast looking to make AM more accessible and understandable.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Close Popup
Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

Technical Cookies
In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • PHPSESSID
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Save
Accept all Services

Newsletter

Join our 12,000+ Professional community and get weekly AM industry insights straight to your inbox. Our editor-curated newsletter equips executives, engineers, and end-users with crucial updates, helping you stay ahead.