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.
Raw Bronze: $10.00 + $16.00/cm3
Polished Bronze: $20.00 + $18.00/cm3
Minimum Wall: 0.6mm (Raw), 0.8mm (Polished)
Max Bounding Box: 89 x 89 x 100 mm
Lead Time: 15 business days
To get you started, we are offering 10% off purchases of your own designs in Polished Bronze and Raw Bronze!
Use code qferw at checkout through 11:59pm EDT on October 15th.
Now as we at Shapeways enter the Bronze age, make good use of the tools we put before you for the Neolithic Period is sure to follow. Prepare thy selves...
The fine print: This promotion is non-transferable and valid 5 times per customer with a maximum discount of $1,000 per order. This promotion may not be combined with other discounts or promotion codes. 10% discount applies only to 3D prints of your own models in Polished Bronze or Raw Bronze (not total order value). If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed and has not been successfully printed before, we cannot apply discounts to future orders. If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid.
Some companies offer electroplating of plastics - see bottom of recent thread
"Complex design printable in Stainless Steel?" in the "3D printing" section of
the forum. Also there are a variety of "metal effect" paints that appear to give
quite convincing results - again try searching the forum.
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Thanks for adding a new material option.
So the bronze is a 90-10 tin bronze. What about brass? What is the composition there?
Also, is there any chance you could provide estimates on the hardness/yield strength of both materials?
Brass was specified as 15% Zinc, 5% Tin, and 80% Copper in a forum post on tuesday.
(Also, contrary to the earlier introductory blog entry for brass, its gold plated variety does
not receive a nickel underplate, so should be RoHS/REACH compliant for extended skin contact.)
We now have these great options for high detail metals in brass and now bronze. This is of course awesome!
To me brass is more useful than bronze, as I design functional parts.
Seems to me that the process of lost wax casting is handled pretty well at Shapeways these days. Which brings me to my point..
I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but when can we get aluminium prints? Together with the brass option, that would make printing great mechanical parts possible.