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March 24, 2016 AT 8:00 am

Cold Casting 3D Prints in Iron #3DPrinting #3DThursday

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We talk about the finishing process quite often regarding 3D models. And while sometimes that final phase of fabrication can be a bit of a pain, mostly it’s just plain fun too, allowing for users to explore different products and materials. It sometimes gives us the opportunity to try new methods—and often with the most enjoyable results when we ask ‘I wonder what will happen if I do this?’

While 3D printing in metal is out of reach for most of us working from the desktop, there are other ways to achieve that look, and cold casting can be a lot of fun to experiment with. We’ve followed Mold3D previously as they instructed users in a great—and fairly seamless—way to get started with cold casting, and now one of their fans, Mauvis Ledford of San Francisco, has taken this on to produce none other than the ‘The Bearded Yell.’

Working from the intermediate level, Ledford used the original model already created on Thingiverse, by user Ben Dansie, who had previously been inspired by ‘beardly goodness.’ Allowing that theme to march on, and into even further elevated form, Ledford took off on his own journey to cold cast the piece, mixing clear resin with iron powder.

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