CAN’T PRINT MONEY? WHAT ABOUT DIRECT GOLD PRINTING?

Traditional 3D Precious Metal printing involves several steps:

  1. Wax based model is 3D printed according to the CAD design
  2. Wax based model is immersed into liquid plaster, then it is melted out in a furnace
  3. Plaster based mold is then infiltrated with molten Gold and harden
  4. Plaster is then broken away and revealing the final product

technology_imateriaisesource: imaterialise

So is it possible to improve the efficiency of  metal printing process? World leading precious metal supplier Cooksongold is in partnership with EOS and have recently announce their industry scale direct precious metal 3D printer: PRECIOUS M 080 Direct Metal Laser Sintering Machine. Using it, it is not possible to direct GOLD printing!

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Now, lets you imagination runs wild!!!

Can’t afford >1million EUROS 3D metal printing machine, no problem, you can always utilize 3D printing service company to fabricate your favorite jewelry pieces. One of the largest 3D printing company Shapeways currently offers several previous metal into their printable material portfolios. According 3Dprint.com, the offer material includes:

Platinum

  • Price: $1,750 per cm3 + $100 handling fee
  • Time to Ship: 9 business days (13 business days for products larger than 56mm)
  • Print Accuracy: ± 0.125 mm
  • Material: 95% Platinum, 5% Ruthenium
  • Characteristics: Extremely durable, silver-white, hand-polished, with a smooth sheen to it

18k Gold

  • Price: $800 per cm3 + $100 handling fee
  • Time to Ship: 7 business days (11 business days for products larger than 56mm)
  • Print Accuracy: ± 0.125 mm
  • Material: 75% Gold, 10% Copper, and 15% Silver.
  • Characteristics: Higher percentage of gold and brighter and more vibrant than the 14k alternative

14k Rose Gold

  • Price: $600 per cm3 + $50 handling fee
  • Time to Ship: 7 business days (11 business days for products larger than 56mm)
  • Print Accuracy: ± 0.125 mm
  • Material: 58% Gold, 40% Copper, 1% Silver, and 1% Zinc.
  • Characteristics: Pinkish tint

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Source: EOS; Cooksongold; 3Dprint.com

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