We are VERY excited to announce the return of Solid Silver to Shapeways with a better price and the same amazing quality.
Due to requests from the Shapeways community we trialled Silver late last year and saw some truly awesome items in the Shapeways Shops, especially in the jewelry section. After the trial we looked at the products, process and price, taking all that we have learned and applying it to our new, permanent offering of silver on Shapeways.
The Price and Delivery Time
With our new production partner we have managed to reduce the price!
$40 for the first cm3, then $20 per cm3 for additional volume, with a minimum cost of $40
We will also be offering an additional Silver Glossy post process for $10 per item.
Delivery time will be 15 business days
Material and Process
As before, we're using Sterling silver which is 92.5% pure silver. The models are created using the lost-wax casting process using a high-resolution 3D Wax print of your design. After printing the model is cleaned and optionally manually polished (we call this Silver Glossy). Please note that only well-reachable surfaces can be polished!
Max height: 30 mm for smaller items (like rings), 20 mm for bigger items (like bracelets)
Max length & width: 150 mm x 150 mm
You can expect accuracy of +/- 25 microns
Note: To start, we are not allowing any multiple, movable or interlocking parts.
Embossing: max 1:1 height to width ratio -- height of the embossed detail may not be higher than the wall of the detail
Engraving: max 1:1 depth to width ratio -- depth of the engraved detail may not be greater than the wall of the engraved detail.
Distance between holes must be greater than .6 mm.Hollow parts need openings so we can get out the support material, and so we can insert casting plaster
For hollow parts, If you have one hole, opening needs to be greater than 4 mm in diameter, If you have multiple holes, it must be greater than 2 mm in diameter.
Ring shank needs to be 1 mm thick to avoid deformation when wearing. Since silver is a weaker material, ring shank that are too thin may deform or even break.
Prongs for holding stones cannot be too long without a beam connecting them. This connecting beam is to prevent the wax from breaking away. Also, with thin and long prongs, the product will not to be able to hold big stones.
Ordering new objects in Silver When ordering a new model you can now select Silver as an available material. For Shop Owners, we have added Silver to all the models in the Jewelry category, all products that are currently available in metal, all items that were previously available in silver, and all items currently not in a shop; then we will set the mark up to be the equal as the currently highest marked up material for each product. If you previously had silver for your product, the markup this time around will be the same as your previous silver markup.
Let us know what you think? Is the pricing structure clear? Would it be better if we said $20 cm3 with a $20 start up cost? What will you make first?
I wish I could have some bulk benefit. allowing some sort of multple part order. If I order 5 rings of 2cc each, it's a lot. There should be something that would bring that price down for higher qty orders.
I'm very happy to see silver back!!
I have a question,though. The way I'm reading the rules, I can't submit multiples in one file; so, if I want to make a pair of earrings, in silver,I have to order each separately so the minimum cost of a pair of earrings will be $80...correct?
If that's the case...is there any way to change that? $80 (before markup) is pretty high for simple earrings
I'm pretty sure that they don't want us/wont let us making two of something in one file, and that yes, a set of earrings will cost $80 minimum. That's why I want to have some sort of bulk feature built in. The pricing is great for nice rings and bracelets though. I think it was too hard before at $48/cc and $30 min to create something profitable.
Given the handling cost per item (cleaning, polishing, etc.) a pair of earring is actually a lot of work--hence the per piece startup cost. Earrings would have to be split up. I know it's a bother, we have plans to make it easier for people to group items together and offer them as a product set or as a collection.
I think after a few months when we better understand the market and demand, we'll have more food for thought on pricing models. Right now, there are still a lot of unknowns. In the meanwhile, please do chop up the earring files and send them separately.
That's a shame, I hope it's worked out soon. However, for those of you with a dremel, jewelers saw, or something similar, I'd say just make a pair of earrings (or your entire set of pieces) connect by a small but sturdy surface area, then separate them yourself. It would save you money and not be extra work for the producers. That's my plan at the moment.
Hey Stijn, did you change your markups between last Oct and today? We set all items that had silver back in our Oct 2010 promotion to their original mark ups. I talked to our developers here and that's what they think may have happened.
Hi Nancy, since you introduced the mark-up per material last January, most of the mark-ups have indeed been updated, seems logical with this highly requested feature.
But since most products had silver added by default back then, I had no way of influencing the markup for silver when it was not available, until now that is.
I'm pretty sure though, that also new models uploaded after the Oct silver had the wrong mark-up set.
Anyway, would it be possible for future material changes or introductions, to do this behind the scenes first?
So we the shop-owners can update our products with the new settings and such, before they are released to the public?
(so to show new materials in the material matrix and edit product pages, but not for show/sale to public yet)