From today until the 30th you can order Gold Plated Stainless Steel. This new material gives our 3D printed Stainless Steel a pure gold finish. This will let people create jewels and jewelery using 3D printing with a lot more bling than before! A product in this material has an introductory price with start up cost of $5 and costs $10 per cubic centimeter. The lovely Polyoptic Ring by Euphy above would cost $25 including shipping $29 including shipping. We hope that you can see just how significant a step this is in offering affordable personal production. You can now make a unique ring for your loved one, in a familiar material: gold plate and have it delivered to your house anywhere in the world for $25. Nervous System's gorgeous 1-Layer Twist ring, made to order in your size, costs $20.
Designs made in this material will take 18 working days to reach you. The process is identical to the Stainless Steel 3D printing process only as a final step your model is lowered into and submerged in a gold bath. The outer layer is then firmly coated in gold. In order for us to be able to do this there has to be some kind of eyelet or 'limb' that we can use to tie the model up so we can lower it into the gold bath (and I bet you thought we were all high tech). If you look at the models above they all have something like that. A marble on the other hand would not work. Furthermore the model must be able to sink in the gold bath so enclosed spaces that make it float are not permitted. The maximum build volume for this material is 31 CM by 26 CM by 20 CM so feel free to start ordering your Buddhist temple parts from us.
Tom, officially I can only always say that all our objects are for display purposes only. On the practical side the high surface/volume ratio would be slightly inhibited by the minimum wall thickness of 3mm. It should be possible though to make something with similar functionality. Interesting idea.
Presumably the plating process adds thickness to the pieces. Do you have any estimate of the thickness added by the plating process? Even an amount of 0.1mm has a significant impact on the fitting of the puzzles I print in metal.