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Introducing Premium Silver 3D Printing to Shapeways


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Beautiful stuff guys!
#1 Susan Hinton (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 19:00 (Reply)
Glad you like it.
Looks stunning in real life.
#1.1 Duann on 2013-03-05 20:17 (Reply)
Not having ever ordering regular silver, it would be helpful to post the same object(s) in regular and premium silver...
#1.2 Higonnet on 2013-03-12 22:57 (Reply)
I think its awesome !
#2 giorgio (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 19:37 (Reply)
I would like to see the unfinshed result, that will tell the quality the machine put out......
#3 maarten (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 20:06 (Reply)
Hey Maarten,
You can see the quality of the finished products.
#3.1 Duann on 2013-03-05 20:18 (Reply)
Looks really nice. I would no doubt order something for myself in the new silver but for my business of re-selling, where I have to get the item shipped to me, pay import taxes, then ship back out, the price will not be very good for business...
#4 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 20:52 (Reply)
And just to verify that I did some price comparisons: On a small pendant the price went up from $45 to $59... not too bad, but then another model - two thick rings - went from $218 to $686!! Wow. So I'm paying $468 for some extra polishing....
#4.1 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 20:57 (Reply)
Hey Glenn,

We are aware that the pricing throws up some fairly large discrepancies that we may address after this trial has ended.
#4.1.1 Duann on 2013-03-05 21:42 (Reply)
So at $478 for polishing it's better to wait to make something until the trial is over then?
# RHD on 2013-03-08 13:07 (Reply)
Seems legit... xD
# QUATRO on 2013-03-10 05:31 (Reply)
Hey Glenn,

Why do you need to send out yourself?
#4.2 Duann on 2013-03-05 21:45 (Reply)
Well, Duann, I get a lot of my work from another site that caters to custom jewellery. I make it and then ship it to the customer, sometimes with post-work done on it, but not always. I try to explain that they can buy the item from my store on Shapeways but it just goes right over some people's heads... Occasionally I get the message across, though. It's unfortunate that when a lot of people read "3D Printing" they imemdiately tune out and seem to think "No, I mean I want to buy some REAL jewellery"....
#4.2.1 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-03-06 17:02 (Reply)
This is a good news, and would like to put your attention, if possible, on my post that I've placed just now on the Forum regarding a test in silver high glossy .
It will be nice to try out some tests in PREMIUM, however I agree with Glenn that in terms of business it will be expansive, but I will try some price comparisons.
#5 Dario Scapitta (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 21:06 (Reply)
Hey Dario, can you include a link to the post so I can read?

#5.1 Duann on 2013-03-05 21:45 (Reply)
Hi Duann,

Of course, sorry!

However, Michael has just replied, but I would like to have also your opinion!


#5.1.1 Dario Scapitta (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 21:54 (Reply)
Hey Dario,

Michael is right, Premium Silver is hand polished to perfection.

If they can reach it they will polish it.
# Duann on 2013-03-05 22:15 (Reply)
Beautiful... I've been during a lot of both hand and machine polishing on my silver pieces that I've received from Shapeways. I'm glad that this new finish is now being offered.

Looking forward to growing my business with Shapeways. - Cheers, Marlon from ArtizanWork
#6 Marlon Artis (Homepage) on 2013-03-05 23:12 (Reply)
I might just test this out on my "Cheshire Cat Size 5 1/2". It has the most finest detail of all my models. Curious to see of the design rules are the same....
#7 Sal (Homepage) on 2013-03-06 01:48 (Reply)
Cool, please share photos so all can see the finish.
#7.1 Duann on 2013-03-12 15:52 (Reply)
This is great and I'm happy for the people who will be making use of it but I'm not terribly interested personally. It's far too expensive. I'd much rather see wood, rubber, full color sandstone with better detail and a polishing option, ceramics with better detail, a gold plating option that doesn't look like butt, and a come-down in material price/cost. I know that's a tall order but that's what I would love to see, as an artist anyway.
#8 Bobbie (Homepage) on 2013-03-06 14:13 (Reply)
Hey Bobbie, we're absolutely excited about the same materials you are :-) Premium Silver is a step in the right direction for Jewelry, but the gold plated finish and an overall higher detail and smoother finish on most of our materials is something we still need to perfect.
#8.1 Brad Dickason (Homepage) on 2013-03-06 17:52 (Reply)
The quality is outstanding with perfect details. But the price is outrageous.
#9 Christian Gruber on 2013-03-06 16:10 (Reply)
Since you are already using the lost wax method to cast your silver, why not offer a cast brass version. The material cost would be much, much lower and designers can have a much more cost efficient material to make fashion jewelry (can also have it gold plated, silver plated, etc)
#10 David Olson on 2013-03-07 02:57 (Reply)
I agree, David. This is something I would much prefer to see over the Premium Silver. One of Shapeways competitor's already offers this.
#10.1 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-03-07 12:41 (Reply)
Can you give an estimate cm3 of the provided examples in the pictures? That way I have an idea about what a ring would cost. Thanks.
#11 Ludwig (Homepage) on 2013-03-07 13:31 (Reply)
Awesome work folks!
#12 Paul Benjou (Homepage) on 2013-03-07 14:17 (Reply)
Sorry, noobie here.

Is this total 3D printing in silver that is then hand polished, or is plastic that is then silver-coated in the 3D printer and then hand-polished?

#13 JF on 2013-03-07 19:55 (Reply)
Whoops, I think I found my own answer in the design page.

You make the model in plastic on the 3D printer, then do lost wax process using the plastic model to get to silver, which you then hand polish.

Please confirm or correct?
#13.1 JF on 2013-03-07 19:58 (Reply)
Not quite correct. They 3D print the wax model then do the lost wax casting. So, no plastic model at all.
#13.1.1 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-03-07 21:00 (Reply)
Is it not possible to let those of us who are able do the finishing polishing ourselves?
#14 Robin on 2013-03-07 20:27 (Reply)
Yes, Robin, you have always been able to do that. There are presently two options (now a third with Premium) - regular silver or Glossy silver; you can polish either to a beautiful shine.
#14.1 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-03-07 21:02 (Reply)
Newbee here! . . .we are looking for opportunities to make 3-D models from line drawings. We have a sterling silver ring business. We need 3-D plastic models for 30 new designs a year. Is there anyone who can do this . . .?
#15 Jerry Ross on 2013-03-09 00:39 (Reply)
Hi Jerry, try the forums - there are 3D modelers needed and 3D modelers for hire sections where myself and many others are available.
#15.1 Glenn (Homepage) on 2013-03-09 00:55 (Reply)
Wow, that is some sexy silver.
#16 Anonymous on 2013-03-14 15:27 (Reply)
These look stunning. The amount of detail is incredible, I never would've thought they could look that good! This is some top notch stuff that I'm going to be looking in on very soon! I'm just blown away by this guys, great post!
#17 Ron Chmer EDM (Homepage) on 2013-04-15 19:19 (Reply)

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