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P3PPER’S designs are produced using the most advanced 3D printing technology in the highest quality materials. Our manufacturing process gives us the unique opportunity to design products for an increasing catalogue of material choices. Each material offers a unique combination of practical and aesthetic properties to suit a variety of products.

MATERIALS THAT WE WORK WITH


 

+ STERLING SILVER

Extensively hand-polished to a fine sheen and shiny finish. It is perfect for jewellery and precious products. Sterling Silver is a standard alloy for jewellery purposes and is safe to wear on your skin. Please use a polishing kit to maintain a glossy surface.

Solid Sterling Silver, made of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper.
Lost-wax casting technique, where the original wax model is first printed using a 3D printer.
From there a mold is made around the wax, before it is melted and filled with solid silver, creating the product.

Is it Sterling Silver and hallmarked?

Yes, we have our own P3PPER’S maker’s mark which is registered and held at the London Assay Office.
This guarantees the purity/fineness of the metal. For more information hallmarks, read our Hallmarks guide.

+ SOLID GOLD

All Gold products go through extensive hand-polishing to give them a smooth, shiny finish. Gold can be maintained with most non-abrasive cleaners. 14k Gold has a subtle, warm coloring, while 18k Gold is brighter and more vibrant. 14k Rose Gold has a pinkish tint, and 14k White Gold looks like silver with a hint of gold.

14k Gold consists of 58% Gold, 31% Copper, 10% Silver, and 1% Zinc.
14k Rose Gold consists of 58% Gold, 40% Copper, 1% Silver, and 1% Zinc.
14k White Gold consists of 58% Gold, 24% Copper, 9% Zinc, and 9% Nickel.
18k Gold consists of 75% Gold, 10% Copper, and 15% Silver.

The material is a 14k or 18k solid gold. It is solid gold mixed with an alloy for hardening for longer wear.
Wax 3D printing and lost-wax casting are used to fabricate gold models.

Is it Solid Gold and hallmarked?

Yes, we have our own P3PPER’S maker’s mark which is registered and held at the London Assay Office.
This guarantees the purity/fineness of the metal. For more information hallmarks, read our Hallmarks guide.

+ BRASS

Pure brass hand-polished to a smooth feel and shiny finish. The perfect material for jewelry and precious products. Polished Brass will tarnish over time and may need to be polished.

Brass is an alloy of 15% zinc, 5% tin, and 80% copper. It has a bright yellow coloring.
Wax 3D printing and lost wax casting are used to fabricate brass models.

+ GOLD PLATED BRASS

Gold Plated Brass products are cast in brass and hand-polished to a fine sheen before plated with .5mm of the precious metal of choice. A nanocoatingon is applied on top of the precious plating to provide additional protection to the plating. However, this nanocoating will rub off with time and wear.

Gold Finishes: 14k Gold Plated (has a subtle, warm coloring), 18k Gold Plated (is brighter and more vibrant), 14k Rose Gold Plated (has a pinkish tint), Rhodium Plated (looks like silver with a hint of gold).

Gold Plated Brass is very durable, but can still scratch or wear through. Prolonged surface wear can rub off the finish. To prevent damage, we recommend storing your item in a soft cloth pouch away from other products, and avoiding exposure to household chemicals and cleaning products.

Wax 3D printing, lost wax casting and plating are used to fabricate gold plated brass models. Each product goes through two plating steps – first a layer of palladium is applied to provide strength and durability. Then the selected precious metal plating provides the finishing touch.

+ BRONZE

Pure bronze hand-polished to a fine sheen. The perfect material for modern jewelry and precious products. Polished bronze will tarnish over time and may need to be polished.

Bronze is an alloy of 10% tin and 90% copper. It is a high detail metal with a deep red color similar to rose gold. Wax 3D printing and lost wax casting are used to fabricate bronze models.

+ Nylon Plastic

Nylon Plastic is a very lightweight and comfortable porous material. Incredibly versatile. When thin, it’s flexible enough for hinges and springs. When thick, it’s strong enough for structural components.

Nylon Plastic Finishes: White, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink. Nylon Plastic products in all colors besides white and black are polished and then dyed using a manual process. Due to the inherrent variability of this process, color may vary slightly between products

Nylon Plastic is dishwasher safe, not watertight, not recyclable, and not food safe. This material is heatproof to 80°C / 176°F degrees. Higher temperatures may significantly change material properties. Laser sintering is used to fabricate plastic models. The models are printed layer by layer. Because of this layer by layer process, some products may see a staircase effect.

+ Acrylic Plastic

Matte Translucent UV Cured Acrylic Plastic showcases incredibly fine and intricate details.
UV Cured Acrylic offers very high detail and is ideal for models where very smooth surface finish is critical.
UV Cured Acrylic Plastics are watertight, not foodsafe, not recyclable, and not dishwasher safe. This material is heatproof to 80°C / 176°F degrees. Multijet Modeling (MJM) process is used to print UV Cured Acrylic models. The models are printed layer by layer, then cured, or polymerized, by a wide area UV lamp.

+ GLAZED CERAMICS

Durable porcelain that is food, dishwasher, and oven safe with a glaze.
Glazing Finishes: Matte Black, Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Red.
Limited Edition Glazing Finishes: Gloss Celadon Green, Gloss Oribe Green, Gloss Cobalt Blue, Gloss Blue.

Glazes are colored glass added to the surface of model.
Glazes may vary in thickness depending on the geometry and could include dripping and ripples.
Matte Black, Gloss Black, Gloss White, and Gloss Red go on the surface of the model in a consistent, opaque tone.
Gloss Celadon Green, Gloss Oribe Green, Gloss Cobalt Blue, and Gloss Blue are more translucent, causing embossed detail to appear whiter and engraved details to be a deeper color. Because of how the glazes move on the surface during firing the thickness of the glaze may vary based on the geometry.

Porcelain Ceramic is a unique material which can be cast using individual 3D printed molds. This opens up the possibilities for creative textures, surfaces and geometry while providing a strong material.