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If you are looking for how to apply a chrome finish to a 3D print your answer is here. Cosmichrome is ideal for applying simulated gold, chrome, copper and nickel finishes to 3D prints. The finish is applied in a paint booth. Most 3D model shops already have paint facilities so Cosmichrome is a logical addition to 3D part production. In this example the skulls are SLAs. I believe they were made in an Objet brand printer but I am not certain. They had a waxy residue from the setup material that I cleaned off with a toothbrush and alcohol. I mounted the prints to dowels using hot glue. Then I applied an Epoxy primer because I wasn’t certain how well I had removed the residue. Unfortunately the primer never hardened so I removed it with lacquer thinner and got fresh epoxy primer from the local paint store. I then let the primed part and let it dry over night at room temperature.
Then I applied Cosmichrome base coat. I applied three layers to be sure I got good coverage down in the low spots in all the detail on the model. I let the base coat dry over night at room temperature. The base coat can also be baked to speed up the drying process but on delicate 3D prints heat can distort the shape of the part so room temperature drying is the safest choice. After the base coat was completely dried I flame (plasma) treated the base coat then proceeded to the plating process you can watch in the video below.
I let the part air dry in front of a fan for about twenty minutes and then applied the top coat. Here is the final result.
Rose gold is very fashionable at the moment. We manufacture rose gold for electroplating that is very popular with jewelers and some people are plating car emblems with our brush rose gold too. You can simulate rose gold using Cosmichrome to take advantage of the rose gold surge in popularity. This is a sample of rose gold colored Cosmichrome created in our Montreal office.
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We are frequently asked if it is possible to create a hydrographics over chrome using Cosmichrome. We have several customers that do this and achieve incredible results. The following example was provided by our customer St. Louis Chrome. After he applied the complete Cosmichrome finish he used hydrographics or water transfer printing to place this pattern over the Cosmichrome chrome finish. We think the results are stunning.
GM has been using Cosmichrome spray on chrome for nearly ten years. This stunning new Cadillac Elmiraj concept car features Cosmichrome trim, wheels and a new grill design with color tinted Cosmichrome. Jay Leno really appreciates the new grill. The Elmiraj is a large coupe. It is a rather remarkable concept car because it is really close to how a final production model might appear. We are proud to be the spray chrome supplier to General Motors.
West Coast Customs honored us by calling us to help with our second Cosmichrome project with them. Our first project was to completely re-do their famous Audi Tron tribute car after the competing product discolored within a few weeks and the supplier declined to take responsibility for the problem. Having established our reputation with West Coast Customs and helping them out in a pinch they called us when they had another project for Cosmichrome.
This time it was for a project for the West Coast Customs Kid Rock Cadillac limo. We trained the expert painters at West Coast Customs how to use Cosmichrome with their new Master System Select™. The project went well and the gold tinted Cosmichrome looked great. West Coast Customs has used every spray chrome product on the market and Cosmichrome is the only product that worked as advertised and as instructed. We are honored that they trusted Cosmichrome to be a part of another of their incredible projects.
A special thanks to Don Pirre of Coatofchrome.com for helping out.
Sundance Helicopters of Las Vegas is introducing their new fleet of Airbus helicopters featuring their new Cosmichrome spray on chrome paint scheme.
This helicopter spray chrome project was created by Air Methods and recently exhibited at the HAI Heli-Expo Show in Anaheim, CA. The aircraft features gold tinted Cosmichrome and regular chrome tinted Cosmichrome. Air Methods had tried several other spray chrome coatings before achieving amazing success with Cosmichrome. This is a an advanced spray chrome project that competing systems just couldn’t coat properly. They didn’t have the adequate intra coating adhesion and they just didn’t look good enough.
Eventually all Sundance Helicopters will be coated in Cosmichrome.
We’d like to thank Andretti Autosport for their recommendation!
ColorWare was founded on the idea that electronic devices could be more appealing than the standard colors offered by the original manufacturer. ColorWare products are creative and fashionable, giving their customers something unique that sets them apart from all the rest.
ColorWare is the only company in the world where you can create your own bespoke electronic device. The range of products spans from headphones to computers, portable PC’s, phones and gaming consoles. They are experts at coating and branding.
ColorWare rocked the headphone market in 2011 by collaborating with Beats and producing a limited edition Chrome Dr Dre Beats headphones. ColorWare also supplies the Cosmichrome spray chrome coating on Sennheiser microphones. These stunning microphones are highly regarded by the world’s most famous recording artists.
No company is more demanding of quality and performance than ColorWare and we are proud to be their spray chrome supplier for the past three years.
One of our customers was commissioned to spray chrome these very large Lady Gaga statues for her Artpop album introduction. The Cosmichrome was tinted to provide the gold and blue finishes. The Cosmichrome spray chrome was applied by Coat of Chrome.Coat of Chrome are experts at coating large objects. The amount of preparation and planning for this project was very challenging and had to be completed with a very tight deadline.This project was the result of a collaboration with sculptor Jeff Koons. Mr. Koons is one of the world’s leading modern artists. His work typically sells for millions of dollars.
Cosmichrome is the stunning chrome finish that one sees on the nose cones of all Andretti Autosport race cars. Cosmichrome replaced a competing product that wasn’t able to meet the rigorous environment of racing. Andretti Autosport needed a chrome product that would endure heat, sun, rain, and debris on their cars while flying around the race track at speeds over 200 mph.
The expert painters at Andretti Autosport spray the Cosmichrome coating themselves with their Cosmichrome system featuring our patented e-Gun™.
Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series. As the only INDYCAR team competing in all four steps of the Mazda Road to Indy driver development system, Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Firestone Indy Lights, the Pro Mazda Championship and in the USF2000 National Championship.
Based in Indianapolis, Ind. and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts four IZOD IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Firestone Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and 2007). As a brand, Andretti Autosport was born in November 2009 following the completion of a transaction between the former shareholders of Andretti Green Racing. Andretti and his former business partners announced in August 2009 their decision to split off their racing and promotions businesses into two separate companies.