Shapeway Materials As Conductors/electrodes

Discussion in 'Software and Applications' started by Charlesw723, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. Charlesw723
    Charlesw723 Member
    How do Shapeways aluminum or silver plated materials do as conductors/electrodes for electrical applications?
  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    That rather largely depends upon you mean by "do". The performance is going to highly depend upon your application.

    Read the description(s) on the MaterialsPage.

    Aluminum, because it's done with the DMLS process, is going to perform much as you'd expect, but remember that it could very well be more brittle than an extruded aluminum piece.

    Silver plated (brass) is also going to quite conductive, but that seems to me to be a very expensive way to build electrical components. Also, the silver layer is going to be extremely thin, and might be subject to deterioration much faster than if it were thicker.

    I would not trust either one of them for high-current applications, nor would I use them where structural integrity is important. Remember.. "For Decorative Purposes Only"
  3. hanelyp
    hanelyp Well-Known Member
    This may be a case where using a 3D printed master to cast parts in another material is a better option.