Seriously? Who in their right mind is going to pay $3,920 for a stupid mask. And $5,875 for a full head?! That's absurd. You see Shapeways...you've done nothing to make 3D printing affordable. You're material costs are ridiculously expensive. I'd be aware of the DIY movement. You're screwed when people realize they can build equipment for a quarter of the cost of your crap. Good luck, fools.
Steve, you may not understand that this is a product out of Japan in no way linked to Shapeways, you may also have missed the element of humor when it is filed under freaky. good luck with printing your own stupid mask with your DIY equipment.
Steve, SW is the least expensive 3-D printing service that currently exists. In some cases by as much as 10 times cheaper. I have looked into over 20 different companies that do 3-D printing.
Their costs are expensive per piece only when compared to traditional manufacturing techniques if you wanted to make thousands of the same thing. But the catch with that is SW is still cheaper if you just want to make one or a few of something. If you wanted to make something small in plastic it may cost a few pennies from an injection mold per piece, and perhaps $5-$10 at SW. But, you would have to pay thousands of dollars to get the mold made, and make thousands of copies of the piece to get the few pennies price.
You wrote: "But I wouldn't print a mask, because that's just stupid....." Well, here's the good news, you don't have to get a mask printed! Turns out SW wasn't saying in this post that Steve McGee is being forced to spend a ton of money to print a mask.
Seems like you need a vacation. For a post like this to invoke such an angry rant, I feel bad for what ever stress you must be under. Please take care of that so you can live a happy life where such unimportant things don't get you so worked up. You deserve to be happy, we all do.