Brass is poor man's gold. With a bold face rivaling the appearance of precious metals, it proves that all that glitters is not gold, but in a good way. Here's the scoop on brass and how to 3D print with it.
Brass has a golden glow, low friction, and is malleable. Jewelry and musical instruments benefit from its glow and malleability, locks and gears from its low-friction attributes. And burnishing makes brass glitter like gold!
Brass is 3D printed through a process called lost-wax printing and casting. To create an object using this technique, one must
Because of the ease of creating a wax model, in some ways 3D printing is better than traditional methods for producing brass objects.
For engraving and fine detail, the diameter should be a minimum of 0.35 millimetres, with equal width and depth. The distance between detail items must be a minimum of 0.3 millimetres to prevent items from fusing.
The disadvantage is that brass objects can contain neither nested objects, connected parts nor hollow areas. That’s because the wax model simply cannot accommodate them.
A number of companies provide brass 3D printing services. In each case, the customer uploads an STL file, specifies options, like materials, and the company prints and delivers the item. Naturally, differences exist in price and turnaround time for each company.
For an even easier experience, check out All3DP’s Price Comparison Service for real-time price checking of the major 3D printing services.
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