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Making Way For New Materials at Shapeways: Farewell 'Grey Robust'


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Farewell Grey Robust, hello to bacon.
Make it happen!
#1 Albert on 2012-01-05 14:32 (Reply)
Ultra-high detail wax!
#2 Peter Zich (Homepage) on 2012-01-05 14:54 (Reply)
hello to polished & dyed polyamide?
#3 jeff (Homepage) on 2012-01-05 16:13 (Reply)
How about that transparent medical stuff that other company offers?
#4 Anonymous on 2012-01-05 16:54 (Reply)
I dont get it

Why offer this grey ABS which is 3d printed at a horrible low-resolution when there are FDM machines that produce finer details and with few vibrant colors to choose from ?

This is a unique strong ABS plastic material - dont ditch it - offer an up to date alternative..
for builders, makers, inventors, DIY enthusiasts who could use a strong ABS plastic for their models.
#5 Dizingof (Homepage) on 2012-01-05 17:40 (Reply)
So.. the real question is.. what becomes of the printer?

Possibly use it as a prize for the next contest? (hint)
#6 Stony Smith on 2012-01-05 20:22 (Reply)

I'll add my vote to the medical grade plastic and also suggest Silicone (preferably medical grade too!).


#7 Luis on 2012-01-06 10:43 (Reply)
The FDM process was not popular, maybe due to the color, maybe due to the price, maybe the flood of RepRap babies is reducing the need...

Would you want FDM if it was a different color, finish, biodegradable PLA? what if we had an army of RepRap's pumping out super cheap prints?
Or should we move on with higher grade/definition materials?
#8 Duann on 2012-01-06 19:12 (Reply)
I want super cheap large size scale prints. And by cheap I mean very cheap, and by large I mean very large.
#8.1 Kaetemi on 2012-01-06 19:20 (Reply)
Hey guys! Thanks for all the awesome feedback.

The types of things we are considering do indeed include your ideas:
- a super cheap, poor resolution FDM that can be fast and deployment (there are production quality issues, but I guess that's the downside for offering super cheap material)
- higher resolution FDM.. smoother polished FDM
- different colors in FDM (I've seen some pretty vibrant samples already)
- polished and dyed polymide (in fact, there are some samples in boxes to me right now.. and I've already seen a version of black polished.. oh yeah!)
- more precious metals
- and a whole whiteboard filled with more ideas

So yeah, when we say clearing out bandwidth for new materials, it's no joke. Keep the suggestions coming!

Unfortunately, the printer stays with our production partner Stony.. so not a prize to give out. Look out for other contests though, I know marketing is very fond of such things. :-)
#9 nancyliang on 2012-01-06 21:33 (Reply)
And Albert, I'll add bacon to the list. :-)
#9.1 nancyliang on 2012-01-06 21:34 (Reply)
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#17 Anonymous (Homepage) on 2012-01-06 23:49 (Reply)
I have been using black detail and grey WSF. THese are great. How about adding dark green, light green, brown, yellow and tan to these ? I know, I know...not asking for much.

The reason I ask, I have been trying doing different gaming pieces in the base color that would be needed. This makes it so we dont ahve to do lots O painting.
#18 Kirk (Homepage) on 2012-01-09 20:27 (Reply)

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