Gold plating silver printed parts

Discussion in 'Finishing Techniques' started by bradykineticcuriosities, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. bradykineticcuriosities
    bradykineticcuriosities Well-Known Member
    Another question for the 3D printing pros - I've done silver and gold plating of machined parts before, but was looking into a gold plating of a part printed from silver. Does anyone have any information?

    Knowing the alloy would make for a good start...
  2. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    The alloy is standard sterling silver unless they added any other metals not mentioned in the data sheet

    Last edited: Feb 25, 2012
  3. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    It's Sterling, but why would you want to plate a precious metal with another?
  4. bradykineticcuriosities
    bradykineticcuriosities Well-Known Member
    It may seem odd to plate gold over sterling silver, but I need to gold plate a model that is both highly detailed and strong. Sterling seems to fit the bill.
  5. BillBedford
    BillBedford New Member
    Not od at all. Silver gilt has a long and honourable history.

  6. roofoo
    roofoo Well-Known Member
    Sorry to bump this thread but can you explain the process to do this? And can you plate only certain sections of a silver piece, leaving the rest as silver?