As Shapeways has developed our brand new Porcelain material, we’ve focused on using the most vibrant and beautiful colored glazes to really make each product pop. If you’re designing for Porcelain, it can be daunting to know which glaze is the right one to choose for your model.

Glazes aren’t just colors – each is a uniquely colored glass being applied to the surface of the model and will behave differently when put on the same geometry. Glazes have different levels of translucency and viscosity, so after glaze firing they may settle and move around the geometry in different ways. This may be most noticeable on the small but essential details of your model.

To help, we’ve printed some samples to show you what the effects of embossed and engraved text in OpenSans font are at different sizes with each glaze. Overall, the lesson here is to think big when it comes to detail, especially if it needs to be legible.

Another note is to use more translucent glazes if you need to have legible text. The top four glazes are more translucent, while the bottom four are less.

Gloss Celadon

Gloss Celadon

Gloss Cobalt

Gloss Cobalt

Gloss Blue

Gloss Blue

Gloss Oribe Green

Gloss Oribe Green

Gloss Red

Gloss Red

Gloss White

Gloss White

Gloss Black

Gloss Black

Matte Black

Matte Black

The Original 3D Model

The Original 3D Model