I attempted to apply a patina to 3D printed copperFill bracelet at the lab's latest 3D printing meetup. It was a simple process, all you need are clear ammonia, a plastic container, something to hold your print(I used a couple of pencils), saran wrap, table salt, and water.
TL;DR, it works! pics/process at http://www.thingiverse.com/make:128810
We have 20+ of the Weistek printers, so if you ever need a 3D Printed army... Here are some tips for successfully printing with them, since Doraware isn't known for good UI.
- When you first import your model, make sure to select it then click "Auto Layout". This ensures your model is flush against the print bed. Doraware will tell you your model is beyond print range otherwise.
- Change from one shell to two shells. One shell isn't strong enough for most parts.
- Select "Print Base". Leveling the bed on the Weisteks is annoying so it's not done often. When you print with a raft it kind of corrects an uneven print bed.
- Most importantly, change the height from 145mm to whatever is written on the printer. Otherwise the nozzle will jam into the bed.
Also this is for 3D Printing in general not just Weisteks, but when you have a bad STL file full of inverted normals and holes, import into Tinkercad then Save as STL, this will fix most problem models.