SLA 3D Printed and Vacuum Plated Gold and Silver Creative Statues

SLA 3D Printed and Vacuum Plated Gold and Silver Creative Statues

Process 3D Print, Support Removal, Post Curing, Primer Coating, Polish, Electroplate
Material Resin, Metal
Quantity 20 pcs
Price Range $100-1,000
Lead Time 12 workdays


About Project

All these creative shining models, Mickey Mouse, walking horse, abstract figurine, and balloon-like arrow decorations, are all covered with a metal coating to achieve the mirror-like effect. The technique is vacuum metallization, a form of physical vapor deposition (PVD), a process of coating a metal such as aluminum or copper to a non-metallic substrate through evaporation.


  • Step 1: Examine the 3D models carefully, especially whether the details exceed minimum layer heights.
  • Step 2: Add supporting structures for the models in case they may break or deform. As they are all monochromatic, no splitting work is needed.
  • Step 3: Arrange the placement and 3D print the models in one piece with SLA Generic Resin.
  • Step 4: Cut off the supports and wash the prints with IPA. Spray the prints with a prime after air drying. Polish to remove the marks.
  • Step 5: Place the parts into a vacuum chamber, vaporize the metal using a filament, then rotate the parts to ensure even deposition of the metal vapor.