Example of primed WSF or white detail?

Discussion in 'Finishing Techniques' started by chris89, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. chris89
    chris89 New Member
    Hey guys and girls,

    The problem i am having with the materials offered at the moment is that they are either White, or Black. Meaning that details are pretty difficult to see. Especially in studio light setups.

    I was wondering if anyone could post a picture of either a WSF or White detail printed model with one or two coats of Gray primer on them, preferably not sanded. Just to see if more of the shape and detail will come forward.

    Also, how well do the prints fare with spraypaints?


  2. crsdfr
    crsdfr New Member
    Im not at work so I can't do this for you atm, but yes, it does exactly as you describe. Details pop out better with light grey because of the shadowing.

    I'll get a pic up soon.
  3. chris89
    chris89 New Member
    i would appreciate that, cheers :)
  4. chris89
    chris89 New Member
    I went ahead and bought some gray spray primer.
    This is with 1 coat.

    Here's the results (my apologies for the size of the images):




  5. pete
    pete Shapeways Employee CEO & Co-Founder
    Hi Chris,

    you may be aware we also have Blue and Terracotta available.

    Also, as you may know, there is also an alumide material available for our printers. This has a grey color, but also is heavier and is cold. It has some properties of Aluminium.


    Would that be interesting?

  6. chris89
    chris89 New Member
    Hi Pete,

    I haven't tried the dyed WSF materials yet, but i believe they will make the material more readable, which is great.
    Though, especially with bigger models, painting the model yourself is a lot cheaper at the moment.

    Alumide is a very interesting material. It looks great and will make WSF a lot more useful straight out of the printer for a lot of applications.
    Though i believe it sparkles, or at least has a metallic look to it, which kills details as well.

    I've suggested a material to joris called "VeroGray". It's the same as your white and black detail materials but then gray, which shows more detail and more shadows. "VeroBlue" is something you guys tried before and i believe it has kind of the same features, except for the color of course.
    These materials seem to be very useful for sculptures since they don't require any post-work to be displayed.