3D Printing Enters the Bronze Age at Shapeways

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Just over 5000 years ago man entered the Bronze Age, now you too can have access to the material that mankind used to build the tools that transformed civilization into what it is today. 

Bronze 3D Print You Demons on Shapeways

The 3D printed Bronze at Shapeways is a high-detail metal with a deep red color similar to rose gold. It has a subtle marbling effect, and the silvery highlights give each piece their own unique character. 

As with our 3D printed Brass, this new material will be available at Shapeways as Raw Bronze and Polished Bronze with the exact same design rules as Brass, so items you have designed for one material, will be printable in the other.

raw & Polished Bronze 3D Print Shapeways

Crystal Ring in Polished Bronze left vs Raw Bronze right 

Raw Bronze has a rustic matte look with some rough surfaces. It is great for antique-looking objects, vintage and steampunk jewelry, functional parts, and more. Coloration may vary across a single object, and as with all Bronze it may tarnish over time, in a cool way.

BAd Bowie the Bunny gets RAW in Bronze 3D Prints at Shapeways

Bowie the Bunny 3D Print in Raw Bronze 

Polished Bronze goes through an extensive hand polishing process to give it a super smooth, glossy finish. It is great for miniatures, precious objects, and shiny, modern jewelry. 

The Details

Raw Bronze: $10.00 + $16.00/cm3

Polished Bronze: $20.00 + $18.00/cm3

Minimum Wall: 0.6mm (Raw), 0.8mm (Polished)

Max Bounding Box: 89 x 89 x 100 mm 

Lead Time: 15 business days

To get you started, we are offering 10% off purchases of your own designs in Polished Bronze and Raw Bronze!

Use code qferw at checkout through 11:59pm EDT on October 15th. 

Now as we at Shapeways enter the Bronze age, make good use of the tools we put before you for the Neolithic Period is sure to follow. Prepare thy selves…

The fine print: This promotion is non-transferable and valid 5 times per customer with a maximum discount of $1,000 per order. This promotion may not be combined with other discounts or promotion codes. 10% discount applies only to 3D prints of your own models in Polished Bronze or Raw Bronze (not total order value). If you order a model during the promotion period that cannot be printed and has not been successfully printed before, we cannot apply discounts to future orders. If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid.

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  1. Zauber Paracelsus

    Since brass and bronze are expensive, is it possible for objects printed in other materials to be plated with brass or bronze?

    1. Anonymous

      Some companies offer electroplating of plastics – see bottom of recent thread
      “Complex design printable in Stainless Steel?” in the “3D printing” section of
      the forum. Also there are a variety of “metal effect” paints that appear to give
      quite convincing results – again try searching the forum.

  2. mkroeker

    Pedantic note: in the “To get you started…” sentence you still have “Brass”
    put obviously mean “Bronze”.
    Mostly checking if blog commenting works 🙂

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  3. Jason

    Hi, can you tell us what alloy of bronze this is? I’d like to make some “boat jewelry”, but the alloy matters a great deal in a marine environment.


    1. Raphael

      It’s an alloy of 90% copper, 10% tin.

  4. Seth

    If we already have products printable in stainless steel can this be automatically added as an option for printing? If not, is there an easy way to mass update products to be printable in Bronze?

    Going through each one is a bit tedious.

    Awesome new material!

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  5. Andrew

    Thanks for adding a new material option.
    So the bronze is a 90-10 tin bronze. What about brass? What is the composition there?
    Also, is there any chance you could provide estimates on the hardness/yield strength of both materials?


    1. mkroeker

      Brass was specified as 15% Zinc, 5% Tin, and 80% Copper in a forum post on tuesday.
      (Also, contrary to the earlier introductory blog entry for brass, its gold plated variety does
      not receive a nickel underplate, so should be RoHS/REACH compliant for extended skin contact.)

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  6. Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    I’m always glad to have new materials to work with but what I would REALLY love to see is a comedown in prices and bigger bounding box limits for these metals.

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  7. Mikael Gustafsson

    We now have these great options for high detail metals in brass and now bronze. This is of course awesome!
    To me brass is more useful than bronze, as I design functional parts.
    Seems to me that the process of lost wax casting is handled pretty well at Shapeways these days. Which brings me to my point..
    I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but when can we get aluminium prints? Together with the brass option, that would make printing great mechanical parts possible.


  8. Urik

    The costs are still too high ;-(
    probably need to wait until 3d metal materials printing will get cheaper.

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