Introducing and material question

Discussion in 'Newcomers Lounge' started by meegja, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. meegja
    meegja New Member
    Hello all

    Just new here and loving it all sofar. I knew about 3D printing but never went into it. Changing now since I discovered this site :)
    In short, I am Menno, I am from The Netherlands. Been making 3D art for hobby for more then 12 years now. I started with Bryce and I am now into 3D fractals. What kind of art I make? Well, see here:

    But okay, also a materials question as part of you introducing me in here ;) I did upload my first model and want to order it to see how it comes out. But I really have no clue on what kind of material is best to make a 3D print in. It's full of curly bits, see An anaglyphic version can be seen here:

    Thanx in advance!
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012
  2. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Welcome Menno,

    The material is really up to you and what you want from your model. if you want the most detail than FUD is your choice. If you want lower cost, lower detail than maybe one of the other Detail materials or even WSF. If you want to set it on your table as a show piece, maybe ceramic. If you want to wear it around your neck, maybe silver. It's all up to you and what you want to do with the piece. Check all the details for all the materials here
  3. meegja
    meegja New Member
    @ Youknowwho4eva

    Hello and thanx for answer.
    So what you mean is that actually I can use any material? There is no difference in what material is best for a curly object like mine or an object with all straight faces?
    I myself was indeed thinking of ceramic, also because of my work: making ceramic bone replacement materials for surgery and so on :) But that FUD (have to see what that means ;)) also sounds nice.
    But got some more info now, thanx :)
  4. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    for your level of detail on that model, you'd want FUD (frosted ultra detail) unless it's large enough that those details would show in ceramic. You'll need to go through the material page and see the individual levels of detail per material, to see which level of detail best suits you.
  5. meegja
    meegja New Member
    That material page is indeed handy. FUD indeed sounds great but on the other hand (if this printing works out for my art) I want to be able to make it rather touchable, so people can hold it, rotate it and so one. And that FUD is rather delicate. So maybe WFS is the better option then.
    Ah well, no other way to find out to order and see how it turns out :)
  6. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    WSF is stronger. But with a lot of touching, it's very porous, so it will get dirty. FUD is delicate when thin. As long as the body of your piece is substantial enough, it shouldn't be too delicate.