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Can Shapeways find a TRUE Stainless Steel to use? [message #55333] Sun, 14 October 2012 14:24 UTC Go to previous message
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Over the years a number of my customers (and even I) have asked why the Stainless Steel used by Shapeways is called 'stainless' ? Customers report that the s/s is not what they were expecting (obviously didn't read enough about the material here) and I know that the few rings and pendants I've had made myself - and worn - end up looking a little ugly (surface corrosion). The key here, I believe, is salination from the body. Other items I've had made and kept in boxes still look decent. Overall, though, I still think the material should be named bronze-steel to more accurately reflect the way it's made. Perhaps the present s/s does have a minimum 10.5% chromium which defines the steel alloy commonly called stainless steel - or maybe it doesn't, either way it doesn't look like the s/s cutlery we all have in out kitchen drawers and most certainly doesn't look like the s/s used in a lot of jewellery.

Anyway, my whole point to this was to ask the question, is Shapeways looking for a material to replace stainless steel? After all, if Titanium can be used in 3D printing surely a nice s/s can be found with a process that doesn't involve "bronze infusing" ?

Glenn


Glenn ------ My Website Third Dimension Jewellery

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