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Design Guidelines for Silver

The rules to follow in order to create successful products in Silver. Read more on model checks
Max bounding box 89 × 89 × 100 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must fit within these dimensions.

For Silver, the maximum bounding box is determined by the size of the printer we use to create a wax version of your product, as well as the limitations of the plaster molds used for casting.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box fits within our maximum limit. If it does not, you can try scaling it down, removing unnecessary features to reduce the bounding box, or consider another material with a bigger maximum bounding box.

Min bounding box 2.4 × 2.4 × 0.6 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must be bigger than these dimensions.

For Silver, the minimum bounding box is determined by our ability to successfully cast very tiny products.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box of your product is larger than the minimum. If it is not, you can try scaling it up, thickening, combining, or enlarging parts and features, or trying a material with a smaller minimum bounding box.

Min supported wall thickness 0.8 mm thick 0.6 mm thick

A supported wall is one connected to other walls on two or more sides.

For Silver, the minimum supported wall is determined by our ability to successfully print your product in wax and then cast it in a plaster mold. Walls that are too thin will break in the mold-making process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wall requirement.

Min unsupported wall thickness 0.8 mm thick 0.6 mm thick

An unsupported wall is one connected to other walls on less than two sides.

For Silver, the minimum unsupported wall is determined by our ability to successfully print your product in wax and then cast it in a plaster mold. Walls that are too thin will break in the mold-making process.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure unsupported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or considering a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wall requirement.

Min supported wires 0.8 mm thick

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. A supported wire is connected to walls on both sides.

For Silver, the minimum supported wire is determined by our ability to successfully print your product in wax, create a plaster mold, and then cast and polish the metal object. Wires need to be strong enough to not break during the wax printing and plaster casting process, and to allow metal to flow within the part during metal casting.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported wires are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a smaller minimum supported wire requirement. If you have bulky areas of a model connected by thin wires, these wires will need to be significantly thicker than the minimum to allow the metal to successfully flow within the model.

Min unsupported wires 1.0 mm thick

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. An unsupported wire is connected to walls on less than two sides.

For Silver, the minimum unsupported wire is determined by our ability to successfully print your product in wax, create a plaster mold, and then cast and polish the metal object. Wires need to be strong enough to not break during the wax printing and plaster casting process, and to allow metal to flow within the part during metal casting.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure unsupported wires are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a smaller minimum unsupported wire requirement. If you have bulky areas of a model connected by thin wires, these wires will need to be significantly thicker than the minimum to allow the metal to successfully flow within the model.

Min embossed detail 0.40 mm high & wide 0.30 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Embossed details stick out from a surface.

For Silver, the minimum detail is determined by the casting process. Silver products are printed in wax, and then a liquid plaster is poured around them and solidifies into a mold. When liquid metal is poured into this mold, the pieces of plaster that create engraved details can break off if they are too small.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail.

Min engraved detail 0.35 mm high & wide 0.30 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Engraved or debossed details go into a surface.

For Silver, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail.

Min escape holes 4.0 mm diameter for one escape hole


2.0 mm diameter when there are two or more escape holes

Escape holes allow unbuilt material inside hollow products to be removed.

To create Silver products, a plaster mold is poured around a wax print of your product, and then Silver is cast into the plaster mold. For products with hollow areas, escape holes are essential for two parts of this process. First, the liquid plaster must be able to enter the hole to fill in the hollow area. Then, once the metal is cast, the escape hole must be large enough to allow removal of the hardened plaster from the hollow area. If escape holes are too small, the hollow area may be completely filled in with metal or plaster.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the escape holes are large enough to allow the plaster to get in and out. Multiple holes make this process easier. If your holes are not big enough, you can enlarge them, add more, or fill in the hollow areas so they are solid. Positioning escape holes at the opposite ends of a product (one on top, one on the bottom) will help this process.

A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape. So we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

Clearance 0.3 mm clearance

Clearance is the space between any two parts, walls or wires.

Silver products are printed in wax, and then a liquid plaster mold is poured around them. If the clearance between features is very small, the plaster may not fully infiltrate the tiny gap. And if it does, a plaster wall that is too thin can break when the liquid metal is poured around it. Both issues can cause defects in your product.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make the clearance between walls and wires greater than the indicated minimum. If your clearance is too small, try making the gap bigger, or consider fusing the features if their independence is unnecessary. You can also try a material with a smaller minimum clearance.

Interlocking and enclosed parts? No.

Silver products are printed in wax, and then a liquid plaster mold is poured around them. Since the liquid plaster must be able to flow around the entire product, it is not possible to make interlocking parts.

Multiple parts per model file? No, except single pairs of mirrored or identical parts such as earrings and cufflinks.
Accuracy ± 0.125 mm

More On Designing for Silver

Material Traits
Some detail is lost during polishing

Polishing gives this material a beautiful finish, but can have an impact on fine details. During the polishing step, fine or sharp-edged details may be polished down or even broken off. Keep this in mind when you're designing fine details.

Internal detail can not be polished

We can only polish well-reachable surfaces, so tight internal spaces may remain unpolished.

Surface is soft for polished materials

As with other precious metals, the polished surface of silver is soft, so scrapes and scratches are to be expected as a normal part of wear. To minimize damage and ensure your product lasts a lifetime, we recommend storing your jewelry or other products in a soft cloth pouch and away from other products. Avoid exposing the product to household chemicals during cleaning as they can be damaging to the finish. Use a silver polishing kit to maintain a glossy surface.

Remember! Polishing is a subtractive process in which material is removed to create a shiny surface. The Premium Silver finish receives significantly more polishing than the other finishes, so fine details and surface textures may be lost.
Design tips
Keep embossed and engraved details shallow

Engraved details must not be too deep, and embossed details must not be too tall. The width of your detail must be the same or greater than how far it juts out from the surface (or sinks in for engraving). Engraved details that are too deep will cause issues when casting. Embossed details that are too tall are more likely to chip and break during production (unless the detail meets the minimum wall requirements).

Ring bands should be 1mm thick

Ring band (the part that goes around the finger) needs to be 1mm thick to avoid deformation when wearing. Since silver is a weaker or more flexible material, ring bands that are too thin may deform or even break.

Stone holding prongs should be short

Prongs for holding stones cannot be too long without anything connecting them. This connecting beam is to prevent the wax from breaking away. Also, with thin and long prongs, the product will not to be able to hold big stones. Make sure your stone will sit snug and tight.

Wires must be at least 0.8mm thick

Wire frame models are difficult to print and fragile in silver. While 0.8mm wires work well for small models, we recommend that larger models user thicker wires to ensure strength and durability.

Material Info

Look and feel

Premium Silver is highly hand polished to a "wet" sheen and looks very shiny.

Polished silver is lightly hand polished to achieve a smooth finish but still can have some surface texture.

Raw silver is mechanically polished so may show print lines and have a rougher surface texture.

How it's 3D printed

3D Printed Sterling Silver products are made using a three-step process. The products are created with a lost-wax casting process using a high-resolution 3D wax printer. The 3D printed wax model is put in a container and liquid plaster is poured around it to create a mold. After the plaster sets, the wax is melted out and molten silver is poured into the plaster mold. The plaster is then pulled away to reveal the silver and the finished product is polished for a smooth surface.

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Disclaimer:
Please note that the 3D printed products are intended for decorative purposes. They are not suited to be used as toys or to be given to underage children. The products should not come into contact with electricity and be kept away from heat. Our materials, except for 3D printed glazed ceramic, are not food safe.
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