Portal pressure button coaster

by Psychobob
The portal pressure button! Key to any test chamber and it's also a stylish cup coaster when having some cake!

No need to paint this yourself, it comes fully coloured and textured!

Full colour sandstone:
I advise you to use some clear coat on the piece, so that the colours stay vibrant for longer. As people who have printed in FCS before may know, FCS colours can fade when wet and clear coat will help protect them.
I have been using mine for 3 weeks at the office where I go through at least 5 cups of tea a day, and with clear coat, it's remained in good condition.

White strong and flexible (update 21/08/13):
At request, I have now enabled the WSF material and the polished material also.

Please also consider visiting my website: www.psychobob.co.uk

- The FCS finish is a little rougher than strong and flexible materials and can potentially scratch surfaces (i.e. wooden tops). I advise you to give the bottom of the piece and the bottom edges a light sanding with some fine sandpaper to remove the roughness to prevent scratching surfaces. If it's "frosty" after the sanding, you can use some clear coat and it should remove the frosting as well as protect the piece.
- When using clear coat, always apply a small amount to a discreet part of the model (i.e. the bottom) and let it dry thoroughly to ensure it does not react poorly to the material.


IN: 4.209 w x 0.394 d x 4.206 h
CM: 10.69 w x 1 d x 10.684 h


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April 16, 2014, 6:28 pm
@trey_mckay Thanks for buying :)
November 16, 2013, 8:59 pm
@mlerley Haha, awesome! Love seeing pictures of my prints in use :)
November 16, 2013, 8:58 pm
Beautiful print that looks great on my desk :D
November 14, 2013, 7:18 pm
"Please drink your beverage quickly, as the effects of prolonged exposure to the Coaster are not part of this test." Awesome, @Psychobob!
November 13, 2013, 9:03 pm
@Psychobob Thank you for the advice. I most likely will try both sandstone versions. Concidering the WSF price jump. Don't worry, I'll figure it out. Thank You again. And don't worry about doing a new design. This one will work. I just thought WSF would be about the same price. It's what I get for thinking. LOL
August 21, 2013, 5:33 pm
@Mechanoid It surprised me a fair bit too. As the model was built for FCS, the walls are thicker than they need to be in WSF, so it's not really optimised for that unfortunatly. The result is the price jump. I currently don't have much time to upload a new WSF optimised version, but a possible alternative is to by the plain sandstone version (I've enabled that material also) or even the FCS and then paint over the top of it. It's not going to be as strong as the WSF and it will be rigid, but with a bit of sanding it will come out smooth and it may work out cheaper for you. Not sure if that will suit your needs or not, but thought I would just throw that idea out there :)
August 21, 2013, 5:28 pm
@Psychobob Hey Thank You. Wow that is a major price jump. I would have thought it to be about the same if not just a little cheaper. I'm working on an order now, but as soon as I got the spare cash for this, I'll get it.
August 21, 2013, 3:13 pm
@Mechanoid Thanks for your interest. Not a problem, I've now enabled that material. The only thing I wanted to mention is that the price is higher for that material than sandstone and it's also going to have thicker walls than a WSF optimised model as I built this mainly for FCS. IF you do purchase the item in WSF, I'd love to see some pictures of your version once it's been completed :)
August 21, 2013, 1:48 pm
@Psychobob, Any chance of getting this opened for WSF? Since it's stronger and would allow me to paint this different colors than what you have applied in Full Color Sandstone.
August 21, 2013, 1:24 pm
@m3ocm I used Rust-Oleum myself, but a lot of people on the forums have had great success with others like Motip. Never used them myself, but will probably try them out the next time I print in FCS to see if they give better results.
June 16, 2013, 4:06 pm
This looks really cool but what clear coat did you use on yours? I'm new to working with FCS and it'd help to know what sort you used so if I can't find it here in the UK I can at least research its chemical properties to find a similar clear coat.
June 14, 2013, 6:04 pm
I think from now on these can be found at every @Shapeways bar :) Cool design, great pictures !
April 29, 2013, 7:03 pm


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