About Sci Chic
Science is more than calculating a means to an end. We at Sci Chic (sī SHēk) believe science is an art form full of beauty. Come along with Sci Chic as we show the fashionable side of science by using advanced technology to make science and engineering inspired jewelry, accessories and subscription boxes.
Making Sci Chic
We are the source for people that love science and are interested in learning more! Join our subscription boxes, Sci Chic Kids and Sci Chic Monthly, to get new STEM inspired fashion and educational materials at your door every month! You can learn about the science behind all of our products in our educational materials.All of our science jewelry is designed by Erin, a recent mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Florida who saw a need to show the creativity and fun in science and engineering. As someone who has always loved science, fashion and working with young girls, Erin decided to combine all of these interests into a company working to make a difference.
Erin founded Sci Chic in October 2015 with the goals of sparking everyday conversations about science, giving people a tangible connection to science and engineering, and showing that STEM can be fun and creative.
Check out our blog for behind the scenes, coverage of women in STEM and exploring the fashionable side of science!
CEO and Founder
Erin graduated with her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida (UF) in 2016. She was inspired to create Sci Chic while serving as the President of UF's Society of Women Engineers during her junior year of college. Looking for new ways to show how creative and beautiful engineering can be, Erin combined her sewing machine and Computer Aided Design Software to conceptualize Sci Chic. Erin has also worked in engineering internships with Keysight Technologies, Solar Turbines, John Deere and Bracken Engineering.
Her passions consist of 3D printing, sewing, hiking, and photography. She has a desktop 3D printer and loves experimenting with new designs. She also sews everything from everyday clothes to costumes.
Erin is an accomplished freelance science writer and speaker with her work being featured in the New York Times, SheKnows, Code Like a Girl and more.
Website and Digital Design
Alex graduated from the Florida State University (FSU) in 2015 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and another in Media / Communication Studies. He is skilled in writing, marketing, and graphic design. Though he comes from a decidedly liberal arts background, his time in the Boy Scouts of America instilled in him a love for nature and conservation. That branched into an appreciation of science and its role in both understanding, and preserving, the natural world.
When not hard at work for Sci Chic, Alex is an award-winning author. You may know him for his genre-warping fiction which commonly crashes global markets. Also, his humility.
3D Printing and Technology
Jordan graduated from the University of Florida (UF) with her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. She has strong skills in 3D modeling and design, as well as general 3D printer operation and maintenance. During college, she worked often in STEM outreach for girls, and this passion has carried over into her work at SciChic. Instilling enthusiasm and confidence for females in the science and engineering community is important to her.
In her spare time Jordan runs her own small 3D print business out of her home and likes to explore the Gainesville area, ranging from sampling eateries downtown to hiking the trails in the surrounding state parks.
Sales Development and Public Relations
Shaina Plotkin is a fourth year student at the University of Florida majoring in public relations. She is also a part of the Innovation Academy. The Innovation Academy is a new program at UF that strives to take unique students and give them experiences focused on innovation, creativity, ethics entrepreneurship and leadership. Shaina’s interests include marketing, social media, fashion and blogging. In her spare time, she runs her own food Instagram account and blog.
Shaina loves the idea of combining science with fashion and is excited to be a part of the Sci Chic team!
How We Make Our Jewelry
All of our jewelry is made using 3D printing. The plastic jewelry is created using fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing. The 3D printer extrudes material one layer at a time out of a nozzle onto a platform in order to form a shape we design on the computer using a computer design software, SolidWorks. To do this the material is heated to extremely high temperatures (190-240 degrees C) requiring the user to be cautious while the printer is running. Print times can range from minutes to hours depending on size.
Get a behind the scenes look at how we made the jewelry for our January 2017 subscription box:
Also check out some time lapses of creating our jewelry!
To build steel models, special 3D printers deposit small drops of glue onto layers of stainless steel powder, one layer at a time, until the print is complete. They are then carefully removed from the printer. At this stage of the process, the objects are very fragile, similar to wet sand.
The models then go through an infusion process that replaces the glue with bronze, creating a full metal product. Models are then processed to achieve the desired finish, sprayed with a sealant, assembled into jewelry and shipped to you. Source: Shapeways
Precious Plated Metal models are fabricated using a complex seven-step process. First, the model is printed in wax using a specialized high-resolution 3D Printer. It is then put in a container where liquid plaster is poured in around it. Once the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold.
Molten brass is poured into this mold and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, and your product is carefully cleaned and hand polished. Each product goes through two plating steps - first a layer of tin-rhodium is applied to provide strength and durability. Then your selected precious metal plating provides the finishing touch. Source: Shapeways