i.materialise Now Offers 18K Gold 3D Printing and Faster Production Times

If you’re a jewelry designer, or you simply have a lust for gold and 3D printing, i.materialise is now offering you a choice which will make you drool and begin searching for places to hoard your goodies. In addition to an existing option to print in 14K gold, you can now output your creations in three colors and you can do it in both 14K and now 18K gold.

Jewelry designers are increasingly turning to 3D printing to build complex, intricate pieces, and now 3D printing high-quality gold rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with an 18K gold option is sure to prove popular.

Materialise says that there is a slight color difference between objects printed in 14K and 18K, and that color difference is caused by the amount of gold used in each process. They say 14K gold contains 58.5% pure gold, but as 18K gold contains 75% pure gold, 18K gold items will both be heavier and have a slightly different color than their 14K gold counterparts. Due to that difference, 18K white gold will appear more yellowish than 14K white gold. … (read more)

Source: 3Dprint.com