Materials & Manufacturing


We use a variety of the latest in 3D printing techniques to ensure you a wide range of quality materials.

Steel
  • Look and feel: a robust metal with a rough, pitted surface. This material is 3D printed 420 Stainless Steel infused with bronze, and has a final composition of approximately 60% steel and 40% bronze. The way that bronze infiltrates into the steel can vary, and this changes the color of your product. If there is a higher concentration of Bronze near the surface of the product, it will take on more of Bronze's deep brown color. The bronze infiltration process also requires the addition of sprues that are broken off and polished away after infusion. This can create small, round marks on the final product that appear smoother and more polished than the rest of the product.
  • Gold Finishes can wear through: Gold Steel go through an electroplating process that deposits a 0.1 micron layer on the outside of the product. This gives them a unique finish and is great for aesthetic purposes, but will wear off on functional products that are exposed to friction. 
  • How it is 3D printed: 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. The models are carefully removed from the printer. At this stage of the process, the objects are very fragile, similar to wet sand. The models then go through an infusion process that replaces the glue with bronze, creating a full metal product. Models are then processed to achieve your desired finish, sprayed with a sealant.

    Brass

    • Look and feel: Polished Brass goes through extensive hand polishing to give it a smooth, shiny finish. It is perfect for jewelry and precious products. Our brass consists of 15% zinc, 5% tin, and 80% copper
    • Handling and care: like all brass, our polished offerings will tarnish over time and may need to be polished.
    • How it is 3D printed: Brass models are fabricated 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. Once the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold. Molten brass is poured into this mold and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, revealing your new product. Then Brass is carefully cleaned and hand polished. Please be aware that polishing can wear down or fill in very fine details and edges.

    Bronze

    • Look and feel: polished bronze goes through extensive hand polishing to give it a smooth, glossy finish. Our bronze consists of 10% tin and 90% copper.
    • Handling and care: like all bronze, our polished offerings will tarnish over time and may need to be polished.
    • How it is 3D printed: Bronze models are fabricated 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. Once the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold. Molten bronze is poured into this mold and hardens quickly. The plaster is broken away, revealing your model. Then Bronze is carefully cleaned and hand-polished. Please be aware that polishing can wear down very fine details and edges.

    Sterling Silver

    • Look and feel: our sterling silver is highly hand polished to a "wet" sheen and looks very shiny. Please note that our silver products, individual pieces are not tested or hallmarked by an assay office or governmental agency due to the 3D printing production process we use.
    • How it is 3D printed: 3D Printed Sterling Silver products are made using a three-step process. The products are created with a lost-wax casting process using a high-resolution 3D wax printer. The 3D printed wax model is put in a container and liquid plaster is poured around it to create a mold. After the plaster sets, the wax is melted out and molten silver is poured into the plaster mold. The plaster is then pulled away to reveal the silver and the finished product is polished for a smooth surface.
    Precious Plated Metals
    • Look and feel: Precious Plated Metals are cast in Brass before going through extensive hand polishing to create a smooth surface texture. After being cast, the brass is underplated with palladium to provide strength and durability. Your products are then plated with .5 microns of the precious metal of choice. The outcome is a beautiful shiny luster with a high level of detail and smooth surface finish. Our Brass consists of 15% zinc, 5% tin, and 80% copper. The palladium and precious metal electroplatings are about .5 micron each, but this can vary based on geometry.
    • Handling and care: Precious Plated Metal is a durable material, but can still scratch or wear through. Prolonged surface wear can rub off the finish. To prevent damage, we recommend storing your item in a soft cloth pouch away from other products, and avoiding exposure to household chemicals and cleaning products.
    • How it is 3D printed: Precious Plated Metal models are fabricated using a complex seven-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. Once the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mold. Molten brass is poured into this mold and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, and your product is carefully cleaned and hand polished. Each product goes through two plating steps - first a layer of palladium is applied to provide strength and durability. Then your selected precious metal plating provides the finishing touch.

    Gold

    • Look and feel: All Gold products go through extensive hand-polishing to give them a smooth, shiny finish. 14k Gold has a subtle, warm coloring, while 18k Gold is brighter and more vibrant. 14k Rose Gold has a pinkish tint, and 14k White Gold looks like silver with a hint of gold. Please note that our gold products, individual pieces are not tested or hallmarked by an assay office or governmental agency due to the 3D printing production process we use.
      • 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.
    • Handling and care: Gold can be maintained with most non-abrasive cleaners. Avoid exposing to household bleach, which can cause corrosion and discoloration.
    • How it is 3D printed: 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.