Best material to mimic aluminum with knurling?

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by sihnongallery, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. sihnongallery
    sihnongallery New Member
    Hi all,

    I've been thinking of trying Shapeways for a project soon as was wondering what the best material would be to print this item:

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    It's a dish, 8.5cm wide with 2mm thick walls and a ring of knurling around it. The final finish will mimic the look of machined aluminum. It will need to be able to stand up against a little bit of handling from time to time but it doesn't have to be completely rigid. I'm familiar with polyurethane casting resins and such but I have no idea how WSF, alumite or the other printing materials compare. Also, I do need a fair bit of smoothness so I was thinking that I might be able to undercoat with some spray filler to fill any pores if you all think that would work. I have already ruled out stainless due to the cost.

    Thanks!
    //Joe