Update: As of May 22nd, Gold is now available worldwide and can be set as the default material for the products in your shop.
Featured models from left to right: Hibiscus Ring by alaswadi, Cousin Gabriel Ring by cousingabriel, Rock Ring by thefuturefuture, and Arrow Ring by courtneyetc
Today, we’re proud to welcome the most precious of metals to the Shapeways family - 14k Gold. We’ve been inspired by the accessories and jewelry you’ve made with our Silver, Brass, Bronze, and Steel; and we have heard your requests for more premium metal options.
Droplet Pendant by LIFIC
Stacked Gold Bars by Brett Woodard
This classy material is melted into any creation you can imagine in Queens, New York. 14k gold models are 3D printed using a complex five-step process. First, the model is 3D printed in wax using a specialized high-resolution 3D printer. It’s then put in a container where liquid plaster is poured in around it. When the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold, leaving a negative space where your model was, ready to become 3D Printed gold.
Molten Gold is then poured into the mold and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, revealing your new product, which is then carefully cleaned and hand-polished to give it the trademark Gold luster.
Key Pendant by DarkFairyofMeats
With a mere nine day lead time in the US and a 12 day lead time worldwide, Gold has the fastest production time of all of our metals. It travels in a beautiful jewelry box straight to your door—or your customer’s hands — and must be signed for to ensure security.
Material & Design Guidelines at a Glance:
Min bounding box: 2.4 × 2.4 × 0.6 mm
Max bounding box: 89 × 89 × 100 mm
Min supported & unsupported wall thickness: 0.8 mm thick
Min supported wires: 0.8 mm thick
Min unsupported wires: 1.0 mm thick
Min embossed detail: 0.40 mm high & wide
Min engraved detail: 0.35 mm high & wide
Min escape holes: 4.0 mm diameter for one escape hole ; 2.0 mm diameter for two or more escape holes
Clearance: 0.3 mm clearance
Read the full design guidelines on Gold our material page.
New to 3D modeling jewelry or thinking about getting started? Learn more about creating Jewelry with Shapeways on our Jewelry page.