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That's pretty cool. But...napkin ring. I don't use napkin rings. Is there any way that could be made in other, larger, sizes? I'm thinking Dark Age style arm-ring here.
#1 Jane Williams on 2009-03-24 18:07 (Reply)

With the current Creator tool it is not possible. If you really really want it, I can see what I can do. So, make a Bronze Ringpoem, save it and email me if you want one.

It will be really heavy though. and I can not guarantee that I can make it happen but I'm willing to try.

#1.1 Joris Peels on 2009-03-24 18:13 (Reply)
I'll give the wording some thought and possibly get back to you - thanks. Good to know it's at least theoretically possible.
#1.1.1 Jane Williams on 2009-03-24 18:15 (Reply)
If more people would like to have a bracelet, please let me know via email.

# Joris on 2009-03-24 19:07 (Reply)
Hi Joris

i would be interested in a bracelet.
with the words Kay Blue Sky Ocean


again if you sell your individual letters in bulk i would be interested, i live in Cyprus Europe.
# goldwizard on 2009-03-28 15:27 (Reply)
I like the armband idea. What is your email? :-)
#1.1.2 Jorgie on 2009-03-24 19:47 (Reply)
Never mind... I see it now! :-)
# Jorgie on 2009-03-24 19:50 (Reply)
Hi Jane,
I use the ring poem to put a little light in as a decoration on a cabinet. So napkin ring is not the only option. There must be a lot more possibilities. But I agree, I really like the idea of a bracelet.
#1.2 Marleen Vogelaar on 2009-03-24 19:17 (Reply)
Wow, that is cool!!!

As a jewelery/ring designer I would love to see this as an option for my own designs. This would save me a lot of steps in getting from design to metal object. At the moment I go from printed model to wax model to silver or gold model.

Let's hope this will be possible in the near future.
#2 Steven Rietveld on 2009-03-24 19:05 (Reply)

we hope so too, we first have to see if there is demand for the material. We are also testing out different shapes and finishes to see if it works.

#2.1 Joris on 2009-03-24 19:13 (Reply)

If you want some actual shapes from my side, let me know.

#2.1.1 Steven Rietveld on 2009-03-24 19:36 (Reply)
Sounds like the ProMetal process, am I right? As used by Bathsheba Grossman?

Great stuff, I hope you can iron out the kinks to offer this permanently for custom designs as well. By the sound of it this will be cheaper than DMLS.
#3 Peter Hermans on 2009-03-24 20:35 (Reply)
Is it possible to get it as pure SS rather than bronze?
#4 James on 2009-03-24 23:55 (Reply)

no I'm afraid it is not, the process works by taking stainless steel and infusing it with bronze so it will always have a bronze coating.

You could remove the outer coating with a Dremel tool if you would like(took us about 20min) but 'out of the box' it wil always come with the bronze outer layer.

#4.1 Joris on 2009-03-24 23:59 (Reply)
The armband sounds cool, but I was thinking the other direction: would it be possible to make a ring poem small enough to be worn on a finger?
#5 dgdays on 2009-03-25 16:22 (Reply)
That would be more difficult since we risk making the resulting model non-manifold. But, again, we're interested in finding out what you guys want.

So if you want one, make a Ringpoem, send me the link, size in CM, and I'll see what I can do by hand.

#5.1 Joris Peels on 2009-03-25 16:33 (Reply)
Neat stuff!

Out of curiosity, which machine do you use to make these? Are there any environmental concerns when working with this material?

#6 cwant on 2009-03-25 17:59 (Reply)
I''m not allowed to disclose that right now.

The environmental concerns would be similar to if one were to use traditional metalworking processes. Although you would tend to have less waste with this process.
#6.1 Joris Peels on 2009-03-25 18:26 (Reply)
hi joris
i think your design is fantastic- i really like the idea of the armband.

i dont suppose you sell the letters as bulk buy do you? i would love to use them in my artwork. not welded together just seperate letters, do you do numbers too?
what sizes can you do?

anyway really cool stuff joris,

10/10 go to the top of the class.

#7 goldwizard on 2009-03-25 20:22 (Reply)
re: "If there is demand for the Ringpoems we will see if we can extend this process to the rest of the models on the site. "

Hmm, I should think you would have more possbility of creating and evaluating demand by offering it more widely than through the creator ring-poem. I'm not really interested in a $49 napkin ring :-) But I would be interested in a $50 sculpture.

#8 T. Shawn Johnson on 2009-03-26 04:49 (Reply)
I immediately assumed these were rings for wearing and thought they would make an incredible alternative wedding ring. Something that meant something to the couple could be used, a poem, the proposal, etc. Seems to me it would be wildly popular.
#9 Shelley Noble (Homepage) on 2009-03-26 21:39 (Reply)

I think so too, are there more people that would agree?
#10 Joris on 2009-03-27 12:28 (Reply)
Further, if you figure out how to reduce the poems to finger ring size, I will buy some!
#11 Shelley Noble (Homepage) on 2009-03-27 16:35 (Reply)
I just realized too that if these were possible to have made as finger-sized rings to wear I have a large group of people as clients that would love to have meaningful words to them to buy as rings to wear. If you get these to ring size, we should talk about a larger order.
#12 Shelley Noble (Homepage) on 2009-03-27 16:41 (Reply)
Regarding jewelry - it certainly depends on whether wearing this material against your skin will cause it to turn green (and, of course, any other health implications).

I'll certainly cast my "YES!" vote for being able to print sculptures and other custom designs from the Shapeways site.
#13 David Bush on 2009-03-27 16:42 (Reply)
I love the bronze 'napkin ring'... Will look fantastic with a tealight inside (I don't use napkin rings). Can't wait to get a trio of these for my kitchen table.
#14 strapsmaus on 2009-03-27 23:37 (Reply)

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