Last week we announced the latest addition to our material offerings here at Shapeways, Gold Plated Brass!
On this episode of Shapeways Live, I interview Gabe, one of our materials geniuses here at HQ's in NYC. He shares his insights on the process and the perks of using this golden new member of the Shapeways material family.
Let us know what you're looking forward to making in this new material in the comments!
It would be cool if there was also a cheaper option of just getting high detail brass without the gold plating. That would be really useful for making parts on miniature brass etch kits aswell as model railway parts. As bras is non magnetic it is often used in model trains. utilizing this it would be possible to make an entire working model train locomotive minus motor and wheels on shapeways. Also for replicating brass ornaments in old houses, steam punk gadgets and making conductive components in electronics that can be soldered on.
Yesterday I actually considered using this material for a cog that needed to withstand a lot of force which had broken earlier when it was made out of strong and flexible plastic. but I deemed it too expensive.
Benny - thanks a lot for your feedback! We are constantly looking at new metal options to offer, and it's always good to hear about ways you can use them. For Gold Plated Brass, much of the cost isn't just from the plating, but from the meticulous hand polishing that's necessary for all the complex designs we print. However, we are aware that there are many applications for metals that might not need a snazzy finish, so we are evaluating ways to bring our users some less expensive offerings. Stay tuned!
Can you not stop after the "durable" nickel plating, or allow us to choose how many nickel "dips" it goes through? I know it's been asked but I still wonder why we weren't offered plain high-detail brass. If much of the costs come from hand polishing (non-robot labor) why not eliminate it? Let us grind down the sprue. Let us do the plating. Shapeways is becoming more than a storefront to buy pre-made goods, but is finally becoming a legitimate replacement for manufacturing methods.