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It’s smooth, it’s soft…it’s polished polyamide! Free finish for a month!

We’re happy to introduce white polished polyamide to take your designs a level higher. To celebrate we’re offering this finish for free until the 21st of March. Read all about it!

It’s a hard knock life, but i.materialise comes to the rescue and softens the edges a little bit…with polished polyamide! It feels smooth in your hands and it looks great since the building layers of the design aren’t that visible any more. Polished polyamide just gives that little extra touch and feel, which brings your design to a whole new level.
Polishing, also referred to as mechanical smoothing, is a special finishing process for polyamide. To achieve a polished finish, your model is put into a tumbler with small stones. While the tumbler vibrates at a high frequency the small stones smooth your model.

Tumbler stones will get your design perfectly polished.

You can clearly see the difference between the unpolished (left) and the polished (right) version.

…and the building layers are

Plenty more possibilities in Polyamide!

It’s our second Material Monday and this month it’s all about polyamide. Find out more about dying larger pieces and get a sneak peek at our new color!

Polyamide is a very popular material and is constructed from very fine, white nylon powder. The technique to build your designs with this material is called ‘ laser sintering‘. The result is a strong, somewhat flexible material that can take small impacts and resist some pressure while being bent.
Pricewise, the material is quite affordable. All designs that fit within a bounding box of 125 cm3 and have a maximum dimension of 200 mm comes at 12,5 euro a piece. Examples of those designs are rings, iPhone cases, dices, earrings etc. If your models are larger, then pricing will mainly be based on the bounding box. Also, the more copies you order, the larger the discount.
Polyamide is typically used for small series of models, complex models, lamp shades, but we’ve also seen people use it for jewelry and accessories.

Introducing: Material Monday!

This year we will feature, every second Monday of the month, one of our materials. We will inform you with the latest updates, design possibilities and of course a lot of inspiration. But first: an overview!

With 16 materials and more than 60 finishes, i.materialise offers one of the widest material ranges in the world to 3D print in. We’re always making sure our designers get the best quality offer and with our design guides on the material pages we lead you to the finish of your item.

The last material we introduced was high detailed stainless steel, on trial, as you can clearly see in our periodic table of materials which showcases all our materials. Do you -firstly- want to see and feel the materials, buy one of our basic sample kits (with a voucher of 25 euro/ 40 dollar) or some loose samples.

Now, let’s take a closer look at our offer:

Use: jewelry, lamps, fashion, prototype models
: white, black, red, blue, spray painted black and spray painted whit

3D Printing Foam

Have you seen this video clip yet? Yes, apparently it is possible to print foam now! Take a look at below’s video to see the world’s first foam 3D printer in action. Make sure to scroll down to learn more about other astonishing 3D printing materials such as gold or ceramics.

Want to learn more about other 3D printing materials?

  • Check out this article about 3D printing gold!
  • And take a look at this blog post about 3D printing ceramics.
  • Want to get a HQ 3D Print? Upload it here and choose from 100+ materials & finishes!