An Olympic Finish at Shapeways

By on October 16th, 2010 in Event, Service


As we predicted in July, Shapeways 3D print service now offers Sterling Silver as a build material for 3D prints. At this point it’s only an experiment until November 7th, apparently for the tall foreheads at Shapeways to determine if it really works. 
Interestingly, the Sterling Silver is not actually 3D printed. Instead, they print your design in wax and then use it in the ancient lost-wax casting technique to mold the desired silver item. If you like they can even polish the item after casting to bring it to full silver luster for an extra USD$15 per item. Obviously, printing in sterling silver is more complex and time consuming than just a straight 3D plastic print – leading to their USD$48 per cubic cm materials price. But it’s Silver! 
Be aware there are some design rules in effect for using silver, including minimum wall thicknesses and detail. However, these restrictions should not prevent you from printing out your very own set of Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic Medals! 
Via Shapeways 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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