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What is Your Favorite 3D Printing Material at Shapeways and Why


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I really love the polished alumide. It has a great look and feel, and holds up to a beating pretty well. I like it for test prints especially, though it can be trickier to get a print to work for that than the metals. Looking forward to seeing that black version...
#1 Gabriel Prero (Homepage) on 2013-04-18 16:33 (Reply)
Polished Alumide is great if you design it thick enough. It has a beautiful feel and a nice medium weight to it.

If you design it too thin it can be fragile though.

Thanks Gabriel.
#2 Duann on 2013-04-18 16:52 (Reply)
I use Frosted Ultra Detail for molding masters for my miniature figures. I like it for it's fine detail resolution. If only surface quality were more consistent. Sometimes it's overly rough with little 'stalactites' that take a great deal of time to clean up.
#3 Marc Tyler (Homepage) on 2013-04-18 17:06 (Reply)
WSF is what I order most - it's durable and has a good balance between cost and resolution - but silver is my favorite because its sooo detailed and touchable!
#4 Marcus (Homepage) on 2013-04-19 00:58 (Reply)
Full color sandstone. If you have good idea, and model, this furry feeling of material fits perfect to some surfaces fike fur is.
#5 MISS3 (Homepage) on 2013-04-19 10:06 (Reply)
Stainless Steel is the material I order the most. Really strong with nice details. Also available with differents coatings. It would great to have a "premium" polishing option as for Silver ..
#6 Genghis (Homepage) on 2013-04-19 11:13 (Reply)
White, Strong and Flexible would be my choice. I have gotten into making 3D printed costume accessories, specifically right now horns and head-worn fashions. The stuff out there at the moment is so heavy, out of paper mache or cast resin, it gives me the worst headaches to wear. I turned to the wsf material because it can be very thin, yet still very strong and very lightweight. I can produce hundreds of different designs rather cheaply and people with no craft inclinations can just paint them and go.
#7 Trish (Homepage) on 2013-04-19 14:56 (Reply)
White Strong Flexible has obvious advantages in terms of cost and durablity for more utilitiarian objects. I would love to see solution died options (as opposed to post fabrication died). Other high strengh plastics (like Acetal) or even aluminum prints would also be cool.
#8 Chris Gizzi (Homepage) on 2013-04-19 18:48 (Reply)

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