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Totally Clear Material [message #35333] Wed, 28 September 2011 15:32 UTC Go to next message
avatar tarantulasoup  is currently offline tarantulasoup
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Hi, I was wondering what hurdles there are when it comes to printing totally clear objects and if it is currently being worked on.
Re: Totally Clear Material [message #35336 is a reply to message #35333 ] Wed, 28 September 2011 15:43 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi Tarantulasoup (love the username Smile)

Welcome to Shapeways! Smile

There are some totally clear 3D print systems out there, unfortunately the nearest you'll get via Shapeways is Frosted Ultra Detail, and then you will need to polish the model to increase clarity.

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Re: Totally Clear Material [message #35380 is a reply to message #35333 ] Thu, 29 September 2011 07:51 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yeh Ive been hoping that a clear material will be added soon but I havent seen anything posted by the team about such a material.
Would be very handy for printing many different types of objects that have glass/clear components.

I'll be doing some prints with transparent detail and frosted detail soon to see if they can be used as a slightly opaque material for glass visors etc.
Just worried about the strength of frosted detail given that its the most transparent material and im wondering if the transparency and colour of transparent detail will be any good given that it seems to be a muddy cream colour.
Will be interesting to see how they turn out however!



Re: Totally Clear Material [message #35383 is a reply to message #35380 ] Thu, 29 September 2011 09:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Frosted Ultra Detail is a 'clear' winner for me Wink

Compare Kraken In Crystal - small in FUD not polished and Kraken In Crystal in TD polished with a white LED behind it.

Re: Totally Clear Material [message #35393 is a reply to message #35333 ] Thu, 29 September 2011 13:12 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Whoa, cheers for the example. That should work quite nicely for what Im after. Smile



Re: Totally Clear Material [message #35661 is a reply to message #35393 ] Sun, 02 October 2011 10:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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There are also quite a few of us doing railway models and the like, and a clear material for windows, etc., would be a huge benefit here.

What happened to the transparent detail material? Has it been withdrawn?


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Re: Totally Clear Material [message #35662 is a reply to message #35661 ] Sun, 02 October 2011 11:05 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Transparent detail is still available. I'm pretty sure there's automatic checks on bounding box dimensions and some materials will not be available if the bounding box is too small.

Re: Totally Clear Material [message #35694 is a reply to message #35661 ] Sun, 02 October 2011 14:34 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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billy57 wrote on Sun, 02 October 2011 10:56

There are also quite a few of us doing railway models and the like, and a clear material for windows, etc., would be a huge benefit here.

It may be better to talk to Brian Hanson at Shawplan


Bill Bedford
Re: Totally Clear Material [message #36674 is a reply to message #35694 ] Fri, 14 October 2011 22:00 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hey, the major hurdle to the transparent material I've looked into is in post processing. The transparent materials I've seen need support for downfacing surfaces. The support leaves a layer of film on the model. So the upfacing surfaces are glossy and transparent, the downfacing are mirky.

You can polish away the mirkiness, but that increases the cost of labor dramatically (and thus the price of the material).

We are still researching though! But I wanted to give you some insight into what we've looked into so far and what the issues are.



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Re: Totally Clear Material [message #36871 is a reply to message #35333 ] Tue, 18 October 2011 16:45 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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i.materialise has a "clear" acrylic (and maybe Ponoko?) but they are more expensive than Shapeways...

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Re: Totally Clear Material [message #36879 is a reply to message #36674 ] Tue, 18 October 2011 17:32 UTC Go to previous message
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Thanks Nancy and everyone else for the input, I always look forward to new developments at Shapeways!

 
   
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