The prints from Shapeways arrived today (a little late due to the polar vortex, thank you UPS employees for your hard work) and they look great!
The first one, in the strong & flexible material, looks similar to the 50micron level one that our friend did, but with better fidelity (probably due to not being in someone’s pocket for 20 mins). Since it’s not PLA, the texture is a little grainy.
The polished version (which I got in pink for breast cancer, yay) has managed to maintain a surprising amount of detail, although the laces on the lower half of it have gotten softened a little more than I’d care for. A little careful sanding could help make the details pop up more again. It’s still the same material as the first, so the texture is a little grainy.
The detail print looks great, and probably the one that I’ll actually use to make the mold from. You can still make out some of the stepping, where I’m sure having the model printed vertically could help mitigate some of that.
I primed both the detail and the polished prints, and where the PLA prints from our friend took to the primer extremely well, these materials required a few more coats. Given the graininess of the polished version, its definitely going to be the detail print that I use.