Shapeways the online 3D printing service has this week unveiled new additions to their range of 3D printing materials with the launch of new plated precious metals.
3D printed objects created using solid 18k gold will cost around $800 per cm3, while objects that are created using solid 14k gold are slightly cheaper at $600 per cm3.
The Shapeways 3D printing plated materials will allow users to create objects at more affordable prices and include precious plated 18k and 14k Gold, 14k Rose Gold and Rhodium. Watch the video below to learn more.
“Precious Plated Metals are cast in Shapeways’ Brass before going through extensive hand polishing to create a smooth surface texture. After being cast, we underplate the brass with palladium to provide strength and durability. Your products are then plated with .5 mm of the precious metal of choice. The outcome is a beautiful shiny luster with a high level of detail and smooth surface finish.
Shapeways’ Brass consists of 15% zinc, 5% tin, and 80% copper. The palladium and precious metal electroplatings are about .5 micron each, but this can vary based on geometry.”
– Minimum Clearance: .3 mm
– Accuracy: .125 mm
– Maximum Bounding Box: 89 x 89 x 100 mm
– Minimum Bounding Box: 2.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 mm
– Minimum supported & unsupported walls and wires: 0.8 mm
– Minimum Embossed & Engraved Detail: 0.4 mm and .35 mm
– Minimum Escape Hole Width: 4 mm if just one, 2 mm if 2+ Holes
For more information on the new 3D printing materials jump over to the Shapeways website for details.
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