What colors and finishes are available for this material?
Matte: Unpolished for a rough surface and matte finish.
Polished: This part is polished until shiny and smooth.
Note: Results may vary depending on geometry and model detail.
Bronzed-Silver: A metallic silvery color with a bronze tint.
Gold: A thin layer of 24K gold plating that will wear with handling.
Nickel: A thin layer of nickel plating providing a shiny silver gray color than can darken over time with exposure to skin.
Bronze: This finish gives the material a brown antique bronze look.
Black: The black finish gives the material a dark gray to black look.
Would you recommend this material for rings?
After printing, the model is sintered in a furnace. Because there is the possibility for unpredictable shrinkage, it can be difficult to achieve accurate ring sizes.
How is this material made?
To build steel models, special 3D printers deposit small drops of glue onto layers of stainless steel powder, one layer at a time, until the print is complete. We carefully remove these models from the printer. After printing, the models are fragile, similar to wet sand. An infusion process replaces the glue with bronze though, creating a full metal product. The model is processed for the desired finished, sealed, and shipped.
Why are there circle marks on my product?
The bronze infiltration process requires the addition of supporting stilts that are broken off and polished away after infusion. Small, round marks may remain afterward, appearing smoother and more polished than the rest of the product.
How much can the surface color vary?
The image below demonstrates the spectrum of color variation that may result for Steel 3D printed products.
Learn more about Steel.