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Steel stamps for metal? [message #40618] Thu, 22 December 2011 01:04 UTC Go to next message
avatar zigraphix  is currently offline zigraphix
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There are plenty of places to get steel stamps for jewelry making, e.g. http://www.steelstampsinc.com/products_jewelry_design.html but while one can find the Latin alphabet, Arabic numerals, and punctuation (as well as an amazing variety of little pictures), I need some in non-Latin fonts. Could I print these through Shapeways, or would the granularity not be fine enough? Would the steel be strong enough?
Re: Steel stamps for metal? [message #40624 is a reply to message #40618 ] Thu, 22 December 2011 04:19 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I don't know about the strength, but if you check the materials page it says that the minimum detail thickness is 1mm.

That is considerably thicker than the thinest parts of most letters, regardless of the font you choose.


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Re: Steel stamps for metal? [message #40669 is a reply to message #40624 ] Fri, 23 December 2011 00:15 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It would certainly limit how small a font I could use, and I'd need to go with a font style like Arial or Helvetica. But I could probably still get some use out of this if the stamp itself will hold up to being hammered against a sheet of copper or brass.
Re: Steel stamps for metal? [message #40996 is a reply to message #40669 ] Sat, 31 December 2011 16:36 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The short answer is NO. The printed stainless is not hard enough to stand up to repeated hammer impact. This material is more like cast iron rather than steel when comparing strength and hardness.
There are however companies that can and will create custom steel stamps using your own artwork. Meaning, ANY design or font is possible. I believe this is done by photoetching the design onto the end of a tool steel blank. All that is required is a high contrast 2d drawing. The only problem being, it might be rather expensive to create an entire custom alphabet.


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Re: Steel stamps for metal? [message #41004 is a reply to message #40618 ] Sat, 31 December 2011 23:59 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ok, thanks. That's what I needed to know.
Re: Steel stamps for metal? [message #41028 is a reply to message #41004 ] Sun, 01 January 2012 20:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here are a couple of other manufacturures to check out:

http://www.harpermfg.com/index.html

http://www.infinitystamps.com/

http://steelhandstamps.com/product_line.html

Good luck and Happy New Year


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Re: Steel stamps for metal? [message #41031 is a reply to message #41028 ] Sun, 01 January 2012 21:37 UTC Go to previous message
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Thanks, I already have a request for a quote in to a stamp manufacturer.

Meanwhile, I'm going to use Art Silver Clay for my immediate project, which I can shape and then fire here to get a solid silver piece.

 
   
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