Many of you probably heard about 3D printing technologies and different materials used for 3D printing. Last week we launched 3D printing in bronze. At the moment we are limiting the production to bronze statues, and it is interesting to hear what you guys think about it:
Once we have a 3D file ready for production, we use 3D printer to produce a model, which is later used for casting of the final product. Basically, 3D printing and casting procedures are both utilized.
The entire process is more complicated then that though, but I hope you get the basic idea.
I think the closest thing to printing in bronze that you can get right now is Shapeways’ printed stainless steel (http://www.shapeways.com/materials/stainless_steel), which is actually a mixture of steel and bronze powder that’s printed and then sintered.
For what it’s worth, if it’s quick and detailed, does it really matter if the part or the tooling was the one that was printed?
No of course not. The day I need something made out of bronze this will be a great opportunity. My reply may have seemed somewhat unprofessional, but I was overwhelmingly disappointed by entering a thread titled “3d printing in bronze” and seconds later found it was actually “ancient cast techniques”. My interest here was more in the technology rather than result, didn’t mean to divert the discussion.