Recycled Metals For 3d Printing?

Discussion in 'Materials' started by mdavisstudios, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. mdavisstudios
    mdavisstudios Member
    Has Shapeways looked into options for recycled metals for use in their 3d printing pipelines? I know many jewelry-producers (both individuals larger companies) are able to boast about using recycled materials in their work.

    Having at least, say, a recycled silver option would be a great start, and help attract both designers and customers who are otherwise concerned about the sustainability or source of the production materials.

    A recycled metal option would also be a valuable differentiator and help Shapeways keep ahead of their competition.

    Any other designers interested in this option?
  2. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Most metals in use are already recycled whereever possible - all you would achieve is paying some certification services for the paperwork of guaranteeing 100% recyclate rather than a varying mixture of recycled scrap and newly processed ore.
  3. AC3d
    AC3d Member
    I also had this question, thanks mdavisstudios - ARE any of shapeways' metals, particularly the silver, from recycled sources? Certification not necessary...
  4. laurabrendler
    laurabrendler Member
    Hello hello, same question here! wonder whether there are any updates on this since the first entry was in 2016 ???? would also love to send silver pieces back to shapeways in order to do something new with it ?!
    would that be possible???
  5. lawrencekramer2014
    lawrencekramer2014 Well-Known Member
    The silver and gold materials pages reflect using particular alloys from a particular metals refiner. So, by definition, they are refiner fresh, not scrap melt. The metal sources for the refiner may include scrap and ore, that is always unclear. The 'post consumer' recycled metals content labeling would have to come from refiner.

    Since last week's announcement from the USA government about gold being used for money laundering, and the demand that the jewelry industry do a better job of certified source tracking, recycling of gold may start happening only at the local small-shop level. Recycling at the refiner stage may have to stop.