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Top Four 3D Printing Materials for Jewelry Designers: Gold, Silver, Brass, Bronze

The most common misconception about 3D printed jewelry is that it is printed in metallic plastic. This is not the case: it is produced as a real, solid piece of jewelry made out of the precious metal of your choice. In this blog post, we will have a closer look at the four best and most popular materials for jewelry designers.  1. Gold Our gold comes with a high gloss finish, and you have the option to choose between 14 and 18 karats. Once again, this is not a gold-plated item, but your entire design will be made in 14 or 18 karats solid gold. Besides those options, we also offer three different color finishes: yellow, white, or red gold. These color options are achieved by adding different metal alloys to the gold. For red gold, we use a higher amount of copper, whereas white gold contains a palladium alloy. 2. Sterling Silver The most popular choice for jewelry designers tends to be Sterling Silver, which is offered in several finishes. The first of these finishes is a gloss finish, which is achieved by post-processing your model in a magnetic tumbler. This technique is the least aggressive process for silver items. While this finish is perfect if you want to keep a high level of detail, the surface of your model would be not as smooth as with our high-gloss finish. High Gloss models undergo a particularly vigorous mechanical polishing process that will round off any sharp corners on your model. As a result of this, the surface will have the lowest level of detail of all the finishes, but the highest level of smoothness and shine. Satin models are manually post-treated with a wire brush in order to obtain the effect of lines on the metal. Sandblasted models, on the other hand, are treated with an abrasive blasting method. The surface of your model will be even and smooth, and your print will have a great mat look to it. And last but not least, there’s Antique Silver. It is characterized by very shiny and smooth outer surfaces, while deeper areas remain darker and unsmoothed. This gives your item a great color contrast. 3. Brass Another great material for jewelry designer is brass, an alloy made from copper and zinc. Quite simply, it’s a material that looks great and comes at a low price. Once your model has been produced, it will be coated with a clear PU coating. You can also decide if you want to electroplate it with a shiny and razor-thin 18 karat gold layer. We offer color-plating finishes too, by combining an electroplating process with a We offer color-plating finishes too, by combining an electroplating process with a colored PU coating. In May of 2016, we introduced the newest brass finish: chrome-plated brass! 4. Bronze Now that we have covered gold, silver, and brass, we still need to talk about bronze of course. Bronze is an alloy that consists primarily of copper and it’s quite an affordable material. By nature, bronze has a somewhat reddish-yellow color. An uncoated model will oxidize over time and won’t be protected against scratches. That’s why you can optionally cover your bronze model with a PU coating. In addition to the PU coating, you can also get your bronze model polished. This post-process uses a magnetic tumbler to smoothen the surface and make the model a bit shinier. Other 3D Printing Materials for Jewelry Next to gold, silver, bronze, and brass we offer more than 100 other materials and finishes. These include 3D printing materials such as polyamide (which is a nylon plastic that comes in many different color finishes, and which allows for a maximum of design freedom . For example, you can create interlocking parts with it). There’s also alumide (which a mix of polyamide with aluminum particles and which results in a sparkling effect), rubber-like (which is a flexible plastic option), regular steel, high detail stainless steel for a maximum amount of details, titanium, aluminum, copper, and even ceramics. These materials can be great for producing new and unconventional pieces of jewelry or cheap plastic prototypes that you could use for your upcoming designs. Now that you know which materials jewelry designer can use, simply upload your 3D file here and get an instant quote for your professional metal print. If you are still struggling to create a printable 3D file, take a look at the best 3D modeling programs for jewelry designers, and learn the top 5 modeling tips to turn your 3D model into a stunning metal 3D print.

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