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Gold

14K and 18K Gold

Colors

14K Yellow 18K Yellow Rose White

About Gold

Gold is our premium metal, perfect for everyday wear and timeless pieces. Available in yellow, white and rose colors and 14K and 18K, Gold is one of the highest quality materials that we offer. It's capable of showcasing intricate details and offers a professional, finished look and feel.

Common Applications

Women's and Men's Jewelry including Bracelets, Pendants, Rings, Cufflinks, and Tie Bars

Material Properties

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High Quality & Shiny Finishing
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Skin-friendly 14K and 18K Gold
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Capable of intricate details

Handling and Care

Biocompatible Skin Friendly
Skin-Friendly
Thermal Electrical Conductance
High Electrical Conductance
Heatproof to 800C/1472F

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take before I receive a model in this material?

Production time depends on the size of the design and the chosen finish. If a model is larger than 56 mm in all dimensions the production time is 13 business days with Priority manufacturing. For smaller models, the production time is 9 business days with Priority manufacturing. The shipping time depends on your location.

What is the content of the gold?

14k Gold consists of 58% Gold, 31% Copper, 10% Silver, and 1% Zinc.
14k Rose Gold consists of 58% Gold, 40% Copper, 1% Silver, and 1% Zinc.
14k White Gold consists of 58% Gold, 24% Copper, 9% Zinc, and 9% Nickel.
18k Gold consists of 75% Gold, 10% Copper, and 15% Silver.

How is this material made?

Gold models are 3D printed using a complex five-step process. First, the model is printed in wax using a specialized high-resolution 3D printer. It is then put in a container where liquid plaster is poured in around it. When the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold.

Molten Gold is poured into this mold and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, revealing your new product. The product is then carefully cleaned and hand-polished to give it the trademark Gold luster. Please be aware that polishing can wear down or fill in very fine details and edges. Polishing also removes a bit of material from your product in order to smooth it out, so the exact volume may be up to 10% smaller than that of your digital model.

More Materials

Professional Finish
Good Value
Capable of intricate details
Applications
Bracelets
Tie Bars
Earrings
Technology
Lost Wax Casting
Shiny Finish
Good Value
Good for Prototyping
Applications
Jewelry
Home Decor
Miniatures
Technology
Lost Wax Casting
  • Bounding Box
  • Wall Thickness
  • Wires
  • Surface Details
  • Escape Holes
  • Clearance
  • Interlocking Parts
  • Multiple Parts
  • Accuracy
  • Design Tips
  • Pricing

BOUNDING BOX

Maximum
89 × 89 × 100 mm
Minimum
2.4 × 2.4 × 0.6 mm

Your model should be the minimum and maximum bounding box sizes. The maximum bounding box represents the largest model that our printers can produce. The minimum bounding box size is the smallest dimension in which we can print in this material.

WALL THICKNESS

Min Supported Wall Thickness
0.8 mm
Min Unsupported Wall Thickness
0.8 mm

A supported wall is connected on at least two sides. Walls in your model must meet the minimum measurements to ensure it survives the printing and cleaning process. Thin walls are prone to warping during printing and are fragile to clean. Objects that meet the minimum requirements may still be rejected based on the geometry in which case our production team will communicate with you if the design needs improvements and can assist you to strengthen your model.

WIRES

Min Supported Wires
0.8 mm
Min Unsupported Wires
1.0 mm

A geometry is considered a wire when it is thinner in both unconnected directions than its length. Wires that are under our suggested minimums are prone to breaking in the cleaning process.

SURFACE DETAILS

Min embossed detail
0.4 mm high & wide thick
Min engraved detail
0.35 mm high & wide

We recommend these minimum measurements for details like embossing or engraving, based off of printer resolution.

ESCAPE HOLES

Single Escape Hole Diameter
4.0 mm
Multiple Escape Hole Diameter
2.0 mm

Escape holes allow unbuilt material inside hollow products to be removed.

To create gold products, a plaster mold is poured around a wax print of your product, and then gold is cast into the plaster mold. For products with hollow areas, escape holes are essential for two parts of this process. First, the liquid plaster must be able to enter the hole to fill in the hollow area. Then, once the metal is cast, the escape hole must be large enough to allow removal of the hardened plaster from the hollow area. If escape holes are too small, the hollow area may be completely filled in with metal or plaster.

A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape. So we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape. So we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

CLEARANCE

0.3 mm

Clearance is the space between an two parts, e.g. space between gears or a ball and socket joint.

INTERLOCKING AND ENCLOSED PARTS ?

No.

MULTIPLE PARTS ?

Up to 2 identical parts (like earrings or cufflinks) may be uploaded in the same model file. We cannot accept multiple, unique, non-interlocking parts ordered in the same model file; there should be one file for each unique part.

ACCURACY

Your model may shrink about 0.25 mm plus 2.5% after casting and finishing.

For rings the inner diameter is accurate within +/- 0.1 to 0.15mm. On average, the model shrinks about 2.5% after casting and finishing. We do our best to polish the internal diameter to match your model file.

DESIGN TIPS

Polishing

Polishing gives this material a beautiful finish, but can have an impact on fine details. During the polishing step, fine or sharp-edged details may be polished down or even broken off. Keep this in mind when you're designing fine details.

We can only polish well-reachable surfaces, so tight internal spaces may remain unpolished.

Handling and care

Gold can be maintained with most non-abrasive cleaners. Avoid exposing to household bleach, which can cause corrosion and discoloration.

Keep embossed and engraved details shallow

Engraved details must not be too deep, and embossed details must not be too tall. The width of your detail must be the same or greater than how far it juts out from the surface (or sinks in for engraving). Engraved details that are too deep will cause issues when casting. Embossed details that are too tall are more likely to chip and break during production (unless the detail meets the minimum wall requirements).

Stone holding prongs should be short

Prongs for holding stones cannot be too long without anything connecting them. This connecting beam is to prevent the wax from breaking away. Also, with thin and long prongs, the product will not to be able to hold big stones. Make sure your stone will sit snug and tight.

PRICING

How will the price of my model be calculated?

  • Material Volume - the amount of material* needed to 3D print your product
  • Number of parts - a part is a piece of a model that can be separated from other pieces of the model
  • Production - associated production costs including labor; quality control; machine maintenance; general utilities; and other supporting services required to 3D print your product

* Note that the price of precious metals may fluctuate based on international market demand. This may impact the underlying material price.

What is the minimum price per model?

  • 14K Gold - $40
  • 18K Gold - $50

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