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New Plastic Colours? [message #59982] Thu, 10 January 2013 18:42 UTC Go to previous message
avatar PeregrineStudios  is currently offline PeregrineStudios
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First off, not sure if this is in the right place. If not, sorry!

Now then, on to business. I was wondering if we're going to see more plastic colours come out in addition to the red, pink, etc. we already have. I'm personally hoping, looking, and asking for plastics in shades designed to look like they belong with our three stainless steel finishes - steel, bronze, and gold.

The reason I ask is that for many designs, it's simply not practical or possible to design the entire product out of stainless steel, either for price reasons or material reasons. However, often these different parts are meant to go together (like a bead on a pendant). Yes, we can spray paint our WSF plastic to look like these finishes, but it never matches up exactly. I personally would love to see plastic finishes that are as close as possible in shade to stainless steel finishes. Or even go a step further and add a new variety of plastic material with bronze, gold, and steel powder mixed in (I'm not sure if that's doable with 3D printing, however). I know that many designers who make things 'the old-fashioned way' will, if they want a cheap prop that looks like bronze, often use a clear resin plastic and mix in some brown colouring and bronze powder. I'd love to see something like that available on Shapeways.

Just my two cents, anyhow.

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