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Plans for aluminium [message #62914] Thu, 28 February 2013 06:50 UTC Go to next message
avatar mikaelgu  is currently offline mikaelgu
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There was a poll a long time ago about new materials and (cast) aluminium was one of the options in that poll. I would be really interested in this material for functional parts. I know that machining would be an option for many parts, but I think having the parts frinted (in wax and the cast) would have its upsides as well. At least one being that I wouldn't need to learn another 3D app to produce solid model suitable for machining (currenty using Sketchup). I've had propellers for a scale model ship cast in brass over at "that other 3d printing service" and they're the best propellers I've ever had.
I'd imagine since we're already able to cast silver, that the process of casting aluminium wouldn't be that different, but I'd love to hear some official comments on casting aluminium. Personally I think it would be a great addition targeting scale modellers.

Re: Plans for aluminium [message #62996 is a reply to message #62914 ] Fri, 01 March 2013 01:29 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar UniverseBecoming  is currently offline UniverseBecoming
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I agree!

I think Shapeways would do well with offering a high resolution metal other than silver. There are so many people that have an interest in mechanical parts! I too have used the services of other 3D printing service bureaus for high resolution prints in metals other than silver.

I'd like to see Shapeways offer this service cuz I know they'll do it cheaper than anyone out there.

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Re: Plans for aluminium [message #68487 is a reply to message #62996 ] Wed, 22 May 2013 09:07 UTC Go to previous message
avatar FvEldijk  is currently offline FvEldijk
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I'd love that too, together with other metals including metals (and aloys) that are both not too expensive and can be printed in high or medium detail.

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