Advice on material for rings

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by iamsmallhall, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. iamsmallhall
    iamsmallhall New Member
    Hi! I'm looking for some advice please! A friend is making my engagement and wedding rings who lives in Australia (I'm from the UK) and she has sent over the .stl file of 3 rings so we can get them printed to try on for size.

    I'm not sure which material is going to be the best one to use for this first phase of the design.

    Any advice is appreciated!


  2. pfeifferstylez
    pfeifferstylez New Member
    You shouldn't have to try. :neutral:
    Ring sizes are defined.

    For example,
    US size 2 = British D = 13.26mm inner diameter

    Just ask a local jeweller or goldsmith. They should have a standardised ring gauge.

    But if you want to try:
    White, Strong & Flexible
    The design rules for WSF are pretty close to the rules for SW's Sterling Silver, and it's cheap.

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2012
  3. iamsmallhall
    iamsmallhall New Member
    Thanks for your feedback, I think I worded it wrong. :p I know I'm a ring size H. The .stl files that my friend has sent over are different widths (so I can work out the best combo).

    If you recommend WSF then I will go with this. I was a bit concerned by it's strength as I don't want to snap the ring when I put it over my knuckle!

    However if this a popular material used for test prints for jewellery models then I'll go with this.

  4. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    For my prototype ring, I used White detail. White detail is higher detail, but not as flexable. You don't have to worry about snapping a ring of wsf on your knuckle. I made a chain of .7mm thick links, and it took a lot of force to snap on of the links. It definitely looked weaker than it was.
  5. iamsmallhall
    iamsmallhall New Member
    Thanks so much for all the advice.

    I've just ordered, can't wait to see the results and will let you know how they turn out.
  6. SGDesigns
    SGDesigns New Member
    Yeah, I've printed in WSF for test prints, but the detail isn't all there. The material I prefer is White Detail. This shows more detail and is strong too, but not flexible. If you are printing a thicker ring, Frosted Detail or Frosted Ultra Detail works too. I did this today on a ring over 2mm thick. This is the best option as far as detail goes, but only on thick rings.

    White detail for test prints
    FD or FUD for thick test prints.