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3d Printing metal: Comparing materials

3d printing in metal

We just took delivery of a new batch from Shapeways, 3d printed in metal.  This allows us to show you a comparison of the Steel finishes offered by Shapeways.

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You can also see the difference in the Polished Bronze Steel as it comes out of the box, and the possibility of bringing out the highlights with some household metal polish  and literally less than five minutes polishing.
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3d printing with precious metals

Having produced quite a few products in 3d printed steel and very happy with the results, we were keen to make a design for precious metals.  Looking at the specifications for precious metals on Shapeways, we noted that they do offer sterling silver, gold and platinum, but will not hallmark the products before shipping.

That got us digging into the rules around hallmarks.
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Adding some extra shine to Shapeways polished bronze steel

We just took delivery of our Clan Yes key ring from Shapeways.  It is always an exciting time unboxing things we created,  and we were pretty happy with the results.  It feels really solid and has a nice weight, it is flat enough to avoid creating a bulge in our pocket and has a nice bronze finish.
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