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Hello all [message #49120] Tue, 29 May 2012 20:49 UTC Go to next message
avatar robertjwarren  is currently offline robertjwarren
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I am new to shapeways, having used Ponoko for a few years.

I have been using 2d laser cutting for many years, and now just getting into 3d printing for last 3 months or so.

I am considering using 3d printing for the barrels of fountain pens, usually two are needed per pen. They need to be fairly light in weight, but attractive. So, the steels are probably out.

What materials would be candidates? How about the alumide?

Re: Hello all [message #49188 is a reply to message #49120 ] Wed, 30 May 2012 13:00 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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Perhaps the polished Alumide or WSF? Both are porous, so you'd need to coat them with something so they don't collect dirt. If you want a nice "final" product feel I'd go with a detail material or sandstone.

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