Innovation Takes the Stage With Metal 3D Printing for Modelers and Creatives
Shapeways Offers 3D Printing in Stainless Steel
NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - SIGGRAPH - Many 3D modelers have found
their way to Shapeways to bring their personal designs to life by using 3D
printing. Until now the materials were limited to different kinds of
polymers. Today Shapeways becomes the world's first company offering 3D
printing in stainless steel for everyone.
This is a completely new technique which deposits stainless steel powder in
a very thin layer, combining it with a binding material. Printed objects
are built up like this, layer by layer, gradually creating the form just as
you designed it on the computer screen. When complete, they are infused
with bronze and cured in an oven. After cooling, the models can be left in
the original steel finish or tumbled to get a great polished look.
"After our offer for pre-designed stainless steel Ringpoems and cufflinks,
we are now making 3D printing in metal available to everyone and for all
products. This is a truly unique service that we are proud to announce. It
is yet another step in Shapeways' continued commitment to deliver
personalized production capabilities to everyone in the widest range of
materials," says Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways.
Shapeways' users can now also choose to have their designs 3D printed in
metal, allowing for a new look and feel to these unique items. New
possibilities come into reach both functional and from a design
perspective, because the material specifications of metal differ greatly
from polymers. Pricing is reasonable at $10.00 per cm3. At this price level
unique rings can be made for $4.70 only. Combining the creative power of
Shapeways users with this new feature, there will be no limit to the
creative and functional applications of 3D printing in metal. Visit
www.shapeways.com to get started.
Shapeways, the world's first 3D co-creation community, brings design to
life with cost effective, high quality 3D printing. Shapeways is redefining
Do-It-Yourself by connecting consumers to the latest in micro production
with easy to use click-and-drag product customization and advanced
upload-to-print tools for seasoned 3D designers. Shapeways encompasses a
diverse community of artists and enthusiasts engaging in everything from
collaborative creation to selling their 3D designs as products through the
unique Shapeways Shops, an international marketplace for consumer created
3D printed products. Shapeways is spinning out from the Lifestyle Incubator
of Royal Philips Electronics, located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Editors Note: Images available at http://www.shapeways.com/presscorner