request for new materials

Discussion in 'Shapeways Shops' started by Dungeon Beast, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Dungeon Beast
    Dungeon Beast New Member
    I see there has been a lot of discussion of which materials are good sellers. Coming to shapeways from a jewellery production background it is obvious that the various karatages of gold are materials which are missing from our choices. Given the proliferation of printing bureaus within the jewellery industry that are printing in gold it is obvious that 3D printing in gold is economically viable. For those unfamiliar with working in gold, it costs a lot more but that also means you can make more money per item sold. It would be nice to be able to get my gold printing and sales done here on shapeways.

    One other material I would like to see here is a pink high detail plastic.
  2. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    The Feedback Forum is probably the best place for new material requests. (I'm pretty sure there's an ongoing thread there for materials)

    As an aside, these proliferation of bureaus printing in gold, are they DMLS or like Shapeways silver, 3D printed wax that's investement cast?

  3. Dungeon Beast
    Dungeon Beast New Member
    Thanks for letting me know. With a little luck a mod will move the thread to the right place.

    Most of the gold goes through a wax casting phase. It looks like our silver here does too as they talk about removing investment. Investment is part of the casting process. The technology is evolving so rapidly in the jewellery world that there's no telling where we'll be 5 years from now. There is no clear cut RP system that is both better and more affordable than any of the others yet. The one thing everyone can agree on is that RP printer prices are still in the early adopter phase where unless you're printing a lot it's just better to use a printing bureau or mill the wax.