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ABOUT 3D PRINTING


Remember Star Trek's replicators?  The Jetsons’ food machine?  Ok, we’re not quite there…yet.  We aren’t harvesting subatomic particles from the universe and rearranging the molecules into our desired product.  Nor are we making entire dinners in a matter of seconds with the simple push of a button.  But hey, ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation’ occurs all the way in the year 2364, and the Jetsons live in 2062, there’s still time.   What are 3d printers capable of creating now?  An amazing and constantly growing number of items; food, human organs, prosthetics, cars, acoustic guitars, bicycles, rockets, drones, houses and yes, sloris’ artistic life accessories.  Read on to find out more about how each specific material is processed.

Brass:
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Brass models are fabricated using a 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. Raw Brass is briefly tumbled. Polished and Gold Plated Brass is carefully cleaned and hand polished. Gold Plated Brass goes through a final electroplating process for an outside coat of 22k gold.
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Bronze:
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Bronze models are fabricated using a 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. Raw Bronze is briefly tumbled. Polished Bronze is carefully cleaned and hand-polished.
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Silver:
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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.
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‘Sintilating’ Plastic  (Strong and flexible plastic):
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To print in this material, we start with a bed of Nylon powder and sinter the powder with a laser layer by layer, solidifying the powder as we go.
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Steel:
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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. We carefully remove these models 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, and shipped to you.
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