Precious Silver: Raw and Polished

Here at Shapeways we’re always looking to improve by making the materials and the services we offer you more robust and easier to understand. Tomorrow, we’re launching a new mystery material, and tonight, we’re changing names of our Silver finishes. In an effort to have congruent nomenclature across materials families, “Silver Glossy” will now be known as “Polished Silver;” and regular “Silver” will now be labeled as “Raw Silver.” We hope that this helps customers and makers alike when selecting the best materials for their models. The Polished Silver is shopper-ready and great for jewelry, while our Raw Silver has a textured surface and lower price point, great for vintage designs, prototyping and large models. Our highly hand-polished, 100% Sterling Silver will remain “Premium Silver.” The design guidelines for Silver will remain the same. We hope this simplifies material specifications as we continue to introduce new finishes and families.

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  1. Sal

    This makes things easier when directing customers or offering suggestions in materials. Less confusing.

  2. wahtah

    Good idea! Don’t forget to change the titles of the four example pictures on the silver material page 😉

  3. Savannah - Shapeways Shop Owner Coach

    Thanks for the positive feedback! The names were changed with our latest software release that went out last night- let me know if you have any questions, and enjoy the clarification!

  4. Mike

    It would be extremely helpful to have photos of the SAME DESIGN in each finish so that they can be directly compared.

    I cannot tell if the illustrated differences in sheen are a result of differences in designs or finish when you have a complex geometry in one finish and a simple ring in another finish.

    How about three pictures of the same ring, each in a different silver finish?


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