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NEW High Resolution Stainless Steel, Glossy Bronze and Reclaimed Metal Options NEEDED [message #56778] Tue, 13 November 2012 14:55 UTC Go to next message
avatar MaxiGossamer  is currently offline MaxiGossamer
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If virtual jewellers are going to be able to make a go of it and genuinely monetise designs via Shapeways, we need high detail, low cost metal options.
For instance, we need stainless steel, glossy bronze and reclaimed metal options at the same detail level as silver.

Unfortunately, even though the price is right, I think the grainy coarseness and the loss of detail, in the current bronze and stainless steel, probably make the results not that marketable to the general public.

It's the lack of full detail in the stainless steel and bronze that is slightly holding back progress if you are a virtual jeweller. The cost of large pieces, or ordering several pieces as stock, in sterling silver is prohibitive if you are a new jewellery designer starting from scratch.

A new trend amongst real world, planet friendly jewellers is to use 100% reclaimed metal in gold and silver tone. I'm not sure what these reclaimed metals are but as long as they don't contain nickle, it would be a fantastic additional option for Shapeway's jewellery designers.

Also on my Shapeways wish list for the future would be a top notch Vermeil solution, gold plating silver or other metals

So to sum up ..... low cost, high detail metal options for virtual jewellery so we can genuinely make a go of it and monetise our designs. If we could start small with high detail low cost metal options, stainless steel, bronze etc, we could become funded enough to order the gold laser sintered pieces when that exciting day arrives Smile

Any other virtual jewellery designers out there needing more low cost, high detail metal options for their jewellery designs ?
Re: NEW High Resolution Stainless Steel, Glossy Bronze and Reclaimed Metal Options NEEDED [message #56780 is a reply to message #56778 ] Tue, 13 November 2012 15:33 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As far as I know, those options are being examined. I'll see if I can't get a more official releasable status.


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Re: NEW High Resolution Stainless Steel, Glossy Bronze and Reclaimed Metal Options NEEDED [message #56782 is a reply to message #56780 ] Tue, 13 November 2012 15:58 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you Michael, really looking forward to learning more about additional high detail metal options
Re: NEW High Resolution Stainless Steel, Glossy Bronze and Reclaimed Metal Options NEEDED [message #56798 is a reply to message #56778 ] Tue, 13 November 2012 21:33 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I agree with you in general. I really want higher detail cheaper metals as well. That said I've also been really happy with the silver pieces I've printed. Having seen those I'm ready for the more expensive gold and titanium now. When I've shown the silver pieces to my friends they've been really impressed and even willing to pay for camp pedants around $50. Did they complain yes but they were also happy with the results. So I'd say silver is within the right price for end consumers.

I've been doing some prototyping work in white strong and flexible to sort out some design decisions. This has worked pretty well as a much cheaper prototyping material and its faster turnaround time as well.


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Re: NEW High Resolution Stainless Steel, Glossy Bronze and Reclaimed Metal Options NEEDED [message #56822 is a reply to message #56798 ] Wed, 14 November 2012 10:29 UTC Go to previous message
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Hi Giles,
Yes the sterling silver is perfect right now for jewellery, the results look amazing and I can't wait to see my first printed items.
But one of the reasons why I think low cost high detail materials are important so we can compete with mass produced real world jewellery at a competative price point.

Right now the Shapeways stainless steel and bronze are at a fabulous price point to get people buying and collecting but they're a little grainy for fine designs.

Michael (above) has hinted that additional high detail metal options will be available soon. Great news Smile

It would be incredible for designers to be able to offer to customers high detail low cost metal options as a stepping stone to more precious metals. Also it's important that designers make sales so that they can keep creating great Shapeways products and lower cost high detail metals, I think would kick start this process and create an affordable entry point for customers

Gold and Titanium ...... yes please to that ! That would certainly add a prestige factor

 
   
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