Handling of 3D printed scale model parts printed at Shapeways

Shapeways has renamed it’s materials (the properties of the materials have remained the same)

“Frosted Ultra Detail” has become “Smooth Fine Detail Plastic
“Frosted Extreme Detail” has become “Smoothest Fine Detail Plastic

Most items are only available in Smooth Fine Detail Plastic or the higher detailed Smoothest Fine Detail Plastic materials to ensure the highest quality and the smoothest surfaces. Some parts will be available in other materials, too.Ā Especially at the smaller scales, some thinner parts can be quite delicate to handle, but if you are building a Period Ship model you should now how to handle things with care. šŸ™‚ Here are some recommendations:

  • The Fine Detail Plastic materials are cured by UV light. When you receive the part it is good practice to leave it in the bag(!) andĀ  put it on a sun lit placeĀ for 2 days to make sure it is completely cured.
  • When printed, wax is used as support metrial. This will be melted away, but some residues may still be on the parts. You should only clean them with immediately before painting, because this layer protects the parts form oxygen, too.
  • To clean the parts you can use householdĀ detergents (as for dishwashing), or use a ultrosonic cleaner.
  • Painting with acrylic paints and primers is recommended. Other paints and thinners can cause damage. If in doubt, first try on non visible areas or on sprues.

A detailed description of the material can be found here: Fine Detail Detail Plastic