Shapeways

Sterling Silver Now Available Until November 7th

silver
from $ 40.00 | (€ 29.14) $ 47.60 | (€ 34.68) $ 99.00 | (€ 72.13)

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We are *very* proud to offer Sterling Silver as our latest production material! In the past we did a test with Silver Ring Poems and Cufflinks, but now you can order any design in brilliant shiny Silver, until at least November 7th10th.

We’ll use this test period to see if we can achieve the quality and speed that we want. Also, we’ll need to learn what size of objects will be ordered – larger objects mean lower overhead costs for us, and in the long run better prices/cm3 for you!

Material and Process

We’re using Sterling silver which is 92.5% pure silver. The models are created using the lost-wax casting process using a high-resolution 3D Wax print of your design. After printing the model is cleaned and optionally manually polished (we call this Silver Glossy). Please note that only well-reachable surfaces can be polished!

Price and Delivery Time

Silver costs $48/cm3, with a minimum of $30. The optional polishing step for Silver Glossy is an additional $15 per model. Delivery time is 12 working days.

Design Rules

The design rules aren’t finished yet – we’re still learning how to handle Silver properly. The quick version: the minimum wall thickness is 0.5mm, and we can print details as small as 0.11mm. For the long version, check out our Silver design rules.

As we’re still in the initial stages we have to rely heavily on our operators – their experience will tell us whether an object is printable or not.

Adding Sprues

The casting process needs sprues to insert the liquid metal into the cast (and to let air escape). Our operators will add these to your models – they are trained to select good locations and will also take care of cleanly removing them afterwards. (Of course you only pay for the volume of Silver that is used in your model – not for the sprues!).

Ordering new objects in Silver

When uploading a new model you can now select Silver as an available material. Also, we have added Silver to all the models in the Jewelry category.

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