More and more materials, finishes, and color options are coming to i.materialise lately: we’re proud to announce that as of today consumers can choose from 99 material options on our platform. Say hi to our two newest family members: red gold plated brass and black color plated brass. 

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, and it’s a fantastic material for creating jewelry and miniature sculptures. Brass is especially interesting if you are looking for a more economical replacement for precious metals. While brass has exactly the same level of detail as our silver and gold items, it comes at a cheaper price. And thanks to our gold and color plating options you can give it a stunning look.

Red Gold Plated Brass

Besides our existing yellow gold plated option, we now offer a new red gold plated finish. These finishes are achieved through an electroplating process. Your model will be finished with an 18k gold layer in yellow or red. A PU coating provides extra protection to the plating, enabling us to guarantee the plating for 6 months.

Ice Cream Pendant by Bert de Niel in Red Gold Plated Brass

Ice Cream Pendant by Bert de Niel in Red Gold Plated Brass

Arrow Heart Pendant by JWEEL in Red Gold Plated Brass

Arrow Heart Pendant by JWEEL in Red Gold Plated Brass

Black Color Plated Brass

We now offer a new black color plated finish, which is achieved through an electroplating process in combination with a colored PU coating. Your model will first be finished with a very thin layer of palladium and silver. We then add the black color by applying a colored liquid PU coating, which is cured in the oven as a final step. We also offer a 6-month guarantee on this colored PU coating.

Piguin by Bert de Niel in Black Color Plated Brass

Piguin by Bert de Niel in Black Color Plated Brass

Decision Spintop by Michael Mueller in Black Color Plated Brass

Decision Spintop by Michael Mueller in Black Color Plated Brass

Our Existing Finishes: PU Coated Brass and Yellow Gold Plated Brass

Besides our new red gold and black color options, we advise you to take a look at our two existing finishes for brass as well: you still have the option to simply coat your brass model (which by nature has a somewhat yellow/reddish color) against scratches and oxidation with a clear PU coat (see below on the right) or have it electroplated with a tiny 18k yellow gold layer which also gives the model a shiny look (see below on the left).

Our existing options: Decision Spintop by Michael Mueller in Yellow Gold Plated Brass (left) and Natural PU Coated Brass (right).

Our existing options: Decision Spintop by Michael Mueller in Yellow Gold Plated Brass (left) and Natural PU Coated Brass (right).

Want to learn more about brass and our finishing options? Visit the material page for brass here. Wondering what your 3D model costs in 3D printed brass? Simply upload your model here, choose “Brass”, select the finish of your choice, and get an instant price quote.

Interested in our other more recent material launches? This year we’ve really been on a roll! In 2015, we’ve already introduced our 18k gold option, white rubber-like material, our 5th silver finish (Antique Silver), and of course 3D printed wood. Click on the links to get to the specific blog posts and learn more about those materials and finishes.