Hello Shapeways Community! Today, we’re excited to introduce a new material: Copper. Copper joins the growing portfolio of metals already available to Shapeways users, including bronze, steel, gold, and more. Copper is a precious metal with a variety of applications due to its unique properties. Copper initially has an orange-red metallic color but it oxidizes over time darkening and turning green in color. This oxidation process creates a boundary layer on the surface of copper parts making it highly resistant to corrosion and biofouling. While the oxidation makes it a less suitable material for jewelry, Copper is great for marine and aerospace applications or use in other harsh environments. It also has antiseptic properties which protects marine organisms making it an environmentally friendly material for undersea mechanisms like desalination devices and offshore drilling mechanisms. Copper also has excellent thermal and electrical conductivity. It heats quickly with a uniform heating profile and is commonly used in heat exchangers. Combining 3D printing and lost wax casting, our Copper manufacturing process is capable of producing creative new geometries that take advantage of the material properties for inventive industrial applications and unique decorative pieces. In addition to a Natural finish, we’re also offering a Polished Copper option, which will allow you to print your products with a smoother, shinier surface. We’re excited to see how our community will take advantage of this new offering!