Category Archives: materials

3D printing news Sliced Google, Robo 3D, Airbus and Stratasys

How is 3D scanning saving heritage sites? How can 3D printing help survivors of human trafficking? Which city has the most active 3D printing scene? All this and more in the latest edition of Sliced including news from Ultimaker, Renishaw, NASA and Identify3D. Saving archaeological wonders, Electron rockets, and celebrating Earth day It is always interesting to see the […]

3D printing, the Masterspool, and a bid to scrap plastic waste

This week UK scientists advanced the serendipitous discovery of a PET-G eating enzyme that could break down dumped plastic bottles. Just a month after Rich Horner made headlines for his documentation of a Sea of Plastic off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, the mutant enzyme shows promise for degrading the world’s junk problem. As an industry built on […]

New 3D printing materials from CRP, 3DVerkstan, CELLINK and Stratasys

We’ve rounded up some of the latest 3D printing materials developments and releases, including a renewable cellulose based 3D printing filament, and new bioinks for the engineering of skin tissues. Windform composite passes flammability and radiation tests CRP Technology is an Italian producer of high-performance composite materials. Its Windform range, designed for laser sinter 3D […]

Aeromet receives crucial funding to advance new A20X aerospace-grade additive material

Aeromet International Ltd, is a UK-based manufacturer of aluminum and cast metal parts for aerospace and defense industries. In August 2017 the company announced that it was working with UK-based engineering firm Renishaw, to establish 3D printing processes for Aeromet’s A20X aluminum alloy. The UK’s National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) has just awarded funding […]

Aeromet receives crucial funding to advance new A20X aerospace-grade additive material

Aeromet International Ltd, is a UK-based manufacturer of aluminum and cast metal parts for aerospace and defense industries. In August 2017 the company announced that it was working with UK-based engineering firm Renishaw, to establish 3D printing processes for Aeromet’s A20X aluminum alloy. The UK’s National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) has just awarded funding […]

Höganäs launches additive manufacturing and MIM venture

Höganäs AB, the world’s largest producer of powdered metals, has developed a new product venture focused on the areas of additive manufacturing and Metal Injection Molding (MIM). Called Customization Technologies, the new area will be part of the Höganäs Industrial business, and has been created to meet recent demand for the technical development of AM and MIM […]

Höganäs launches additive manufacturing and MIM venture

Höganäs AB, the world’s largest producer of powdered metals, has developed a new product venture focused on the areas of additive manufacturing and Metal Injection Molding (MIM). Called Customization Technologies, the new area will be part of the Höganäs Industrial business, and has been created to meet recent demand for the technical development of AM and MIM […]

5 Reasons Why We Love 3D Printing in Brass

It’s no secret that we have a soft spot for brass, and we aren’t the only ones. We can count so many examples of jewelry designers and makers who have surprised us with their exciting brass creations. When it comes to materials for 3D printing jewelry, brass is a great option for many reasons and we want you to know them all! The versatility One of the main advantages of brass for 3D printing is the possibilities that it offers when designing jewelry. From small, detailed pieces with detail, to bigger figurines or even sculptures, brass can be used for a wide range of applications. Brass is a fantastic metal to make your 3D printing dreams come true! The details If detail is what you are looking for in your 3D prints, brass is a great option. This alloy of copper and zinc allows for intricate designs and small details on your 3D printing creations. It’s possible to attain the same level of quality and detail as that of precious metals such as silver and gold, but at a much lower price. Read more about this below! The finishes If the qualities of brass weren’t enough, this metal can also be finished in seven different ways. From the basic untreated state to the luxurious rhodium-plated polish, find the perfect finish for your prints and give them that personal touch. Discover them all! Untreated brass This is the basic finish for your brass models. If you go for untreated brass for your prints, you will get your models that haven’t been polished, coated or plated. The surface areas will maintain higher quality, offering great details for your jewelry pieces. Natural PU coating This is a step up from untreated brass. With this finish, your models will be coated with a clear layer of PU to protect them from scratches and oxidation. Polished yellow-gold plating Thanks to an electroplating process, brass 3D prints are finished with an 18kt gold layer, so you can get all the shine and detail of gold at a much lower price. This finish comes with a PU coating for extra protection. Polished red-gold plating For those looking for a twist on the classical yellow shine for your jewelry, you can also get a red-gold plated finish for 3D prints in brass. Polished black color-plating Yes, you’ve heard it right; brass can be plated in black as well! All the shine and detail of brass can be finished in this elegant black plating. It’s perfect for your most mysterious designs! Polished chrome plating This finish is achieved by electroplating the brass 3D prints with a thin layer of chromium. The brass pieces will not just look great, they will have an extra layer of protection against corrosion and the surfaces will be harder. It’s ideal for car parts and tools. Be aware that a small amount of nickel is used for this finish, so it’s not advisable to use it for jewelry pieces. Polished rhodium plating By applying a thin layer of rhodium onto your 3D prints, they will be protected against scratches or tarnishing, while also looking great. With its white color tone, this finish is perfect for elegant jewelry designs. The shine 3D printing in brass is the perfect choice to get the shimmer of gold without breaking the bank. It isn’t just the high level of detail that makes it a good option for your jewelry pieces; the shiny look will make it a fantastic choice for your jewelry prints. In short, brass looks great! The price Last, but by no means least, one of the main reasons why we adore brass for 3D printing is simply its price. Brass is the most affordable metal to 3D print jewelry.  What is more, prices for some of our favorite finishes for brass have decreased recently, so there is no excuse to not try them all! If you want to compare prices for your designs in brass, upload your 3D files to our online 3D printing platform and get an instant quote for our different finishes. These were the reasons why we love 3D printing in brass. Which are yours? Show us your brass 3D printing creations by tagging your designs on social media with the hashtag #imaterialise. Learn more about brass on our material pages and discover how to get the perfect brass 3D print on our blog. What other materials for 3D printing do you like using for your 3D-printed designs?

The detail of Fillamentum’s glitter PLA and flawless 3D prints

What is the secret to flawless 3D prints? Layer height? Post-processing? With Premium PLA from Czech filament manufacturer Fillamentum it’s all about the material. The glitter content of its premium PLA Extrafill range, e.g. Vertigo Grey, Vertigo Galaxy, Rapunzel Silver, Noble Blue, Pearl Ruby Red, gives an as-printed quality to objects made using FFF/FDM techniques […]

3D printing news Sliced, Lulzbot, adidas, FATHOM, GE Additive

This edition of our 3D printing news digest Sliced asks the following questions: Would you use a bandage 3D printed directly onto your skin? How tall is the largest 3D printed sculpture of a human? 3D printing can turn smartphones into microscopes? All this and more from Stratasys, FATHOM, GE Additive and Lulzbot. 3D printing […]