Just over 5000 years ago man entered the Bronze Age, now you too can have access to the material that mankind used to build the tools that transformed civilization into what it is today.
The 3D printed Bronze at Shapeways is a high-detail metal with a deep red color similar to rose gold. It has a subtle marbling effect, and the silvery highlights give each piece their own unique character.
As with our 3D printed Brass, this new material will be available at Shapeways as Raw Bronze and Polished Bronze with the exact same design rules as Brass, so items you have designed for one material, will be printable in the other.
Raw Bronze has a rustic matte look with some rough surfaces. It is great for antique-looking objects, vintage and steampunk jewelry, functional parts, and more. Coloration may vary across a single object, and as with all Bronze it may tarnish over time, in a cool way.
Bowie the Bunny 3D Print in Raw Bronze
Polished Bronze goes through an extensive hand polishing process to give it a super smooth, glossy finish. It is great for miniatures, precious objects, and shiny, modern jewelry.
Thats right, now you can do REALLY big earrings, monster bracelet or giant Sterling Silver skulls. Your only limitation is your imagination (and the 89 x 89 x 100mm bounding box (possibly your budget)). We have increased the maximum on all of our Sterling Silver finishes from Raw to Premium.
What big shiny Silver designs are you going to 3D print next?
Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is the first in-depth museum survey dedicated to exploring the impact of computer-assisted methods of production on contemporary art, architecture, and design. Shapeways is partnering with MAD for the exhibition and will host 'OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON,' an educational and interactive space on the Museum's second floor where visitors will be able to experience 3D design and printing firsthand.
Opening in conjunction with the exhibition curated by Ron Labaco on October 16th and running through April 2014, the 'OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON' space will include a series of interactive 3D apps for visitors to create their own 3D models, on site 3D scanning, and 3D printing in a range of materials. Shapeways' 'Designers in Residence' working in the gallery will also be available to demonstrate 3D modeling techniques and tools used to create objects like those in the exhibition.
We know that many of our Shapies are also Kickstarter fans, so when we see Shapeways products on Kickstarter, we're always happy to give a shout out for a worthy cause. Today's worthy cause comes from that land of the Great White North, where fall is practically winter, where people end every sentence with "Eh", Canada!
Calling all Makers: Check out the Moti Smart Motors Kickstarter campaign! (If you look closely, you'll see Shapeways parts in all of the designs and prototypes!) Of course building robots is no easy task, and there's lots of coding involved to get your robot fully functional, but the Moti Team has simplified this process by making it simple to snap motors together and then control your whole creation from an app! It's really as easy as attaching a smart motor to any existing object to bring it to life. Imagine the 3D Printing possibilities!
The Canucks are trying to raise 165,000 Canadian Dollars to bring their project to life, and with only 19 days left, they're only 6% of the way there. So if this project interests you, lend them some helping hand$.