These wax models were then sent to a local metalsmith workshop to cast into sterling silver. The result was quite nice. Some of the details not clearly seen in wax now appeared. All models came up clean without major failure. The next step of the process is to roughly polish the surface to remove the print marks on the models. Minor fixing is also required.
Here is a quick preview of some of the printed wax models from Shapeways and rough silver casted items:
Models from Shapeways were very carefully packed in individual boxes, but the foam in the box wasn't a very good choice in my opinion. These wax models was a little softer than we usually use in jewelry practice. The material was a bit sticky too. The fabric from the foam was easily attached to the wax surface and hard to remove without leaving a scratch on the wax. Some models contains very thin and tiny parts (ex, prongs for stone setting) were even cut off by the foam fabric when removing the models from the box. I was not very please to see that those finally printed models in success, failed in the last step due to packaging.
Prongs were cut off from the model when unpacking...