That 3D printing golden objects is possible might not be news to everybody. But what’s less known is that 3D printing gold doesn’t follow the typical 3D printing process. There is no extruder printing the molten gold into a design. Instead, the 3D design is inversely printed into a wax mold. Then the molten 14 carat gold is poured into this mold and voilá you have your object in gold. This technique brings some restrictions though. For instance you cannot print bearings or ”ball within ball” objects. Also, gold is not your cheapest material so if you want to print a solid golden object you have to lay down some serious cash.
i.Materialise gold plating
To tackle both these ‘problems’ i.Materialise came up with a great solution. Two days ago they introduced a new finishing process for stainless steel designs: Gold Plated Stainless Steel. And it looks great!
This is a finishing procedure where i.Materialise take your stainless steel model and dip it in a gold bath giving it a gold plated look. They can offer the objects in a polished or unpolished gold plating.
What is maybe the most interesting part is that this gold plating will only cost you an extra $6 USD over the stainless steel pricing of your object (which is $35 USD for an up to 5 cm³ model volume, plus $8 USD per each extra cm³) .
Wanna try it out?
If this caught your attention and you want to try it out, you can have i.Materialise send you a sample for $15 USD!