For the tech savvy: 3D Roundhouse
A transplant from New York City and Hong Kong, 3D Roundhouse Beijing offers 3D-printed jewellery-making classes for the tech savvy as well as beginners. First, students learn how to create a 3D model using free and open-source programmes – note that you’ll need to download them before your class and then bring a laptop along on the day.
The three-hour workshops (880RMB) walk students through a series of basic tools, like how a 2D image gets turned into a 3D one, before heading to the printers, where baubles are brought to life, just like in Westworld. At the end of the workshop, objects are printed in plastic (the same kind used for Lego bricks), however if it simply has to be gold, 3D Roundhouse will send your model out of house to have it made in a higher quality metal from a printer around town. Find 3D Roundhouse on WeChat (ID: YCW_3DR).