Compared to Full Color Sandstone, Full Color Plastic is stronger. The colors don’t fade with exposure to water.
We have tested this by submerging the FCP models in water for 2 months and the colors stayed the same. No color bleeding. ~Shapeways Customer Support
However, it also cost about twice as much per cubic cm, which comes out to a lot.
I printed a smaller version of my ArcheAge figurine. Here’s the result!
Overall I’m a little disappointed. The resolution wasn’t super great and a lot of the colors didn’t come out.
You can really see the stripes and spots on the arms and legs. There was also a white graininess to the whole figurine.
To be fair, my Full Color Sandstone version is about 4 times bigger than Full Color Plastic version. My hunch is that even if I scale the plastic version up, the white graininess won’t go away, and the colors will still be a lot lighter.
Due to the price, the sandstone version still cost less than the plastic version, despite the size increase.
- Can print smaller / thinner models than Full Color Sandstone
- Colors won’t fade with exposure to water
- Stronger; thin parts are flexible
- More expensive than Full Color Sandstone
- Have a white grainiess
- Colors are a lot lighter / less saturated
- May not have as great resolution
For future prints, I’d probably limit gradients and shading, and stick to sharp contrasting colors.