We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to 3D print anything you want. We see some truly amazing models uploaded that unfortunately cannot be 3D Printed due to thin wall issues. We are working to reduce the amount of rejected models after upload, so that you can be more confident your successfully uploaded models are 3D printable with Shapeways. We already have automated checks to ensure the scale of your model is suitable for each material along with Mesh Medic to repair some issues with files that are not watertight or have reversed normals or other manifold issues.
We are now introducing an automated process to check the wall thickness of your uploads to see what materials they can be successfully 3D printed in. To start we will run the check on White Strong & Flexible related materials (white, polished, black, red, purple) for all new uploads to Shapeways. The model will upload as usual but if the model is deemed to have walls that are too thin you will see a warning
when you attempt to purchase the item in your model EDIT page. This is the first phase of introduction of thin wall testing and we will use this against manual checks to test it’s efficacy. In this first phase we will not limit material availability based on automatic thin wall checks, nor will the warning be shown any place apart from the model EDIT page.
This is our first public test, we have been trialling the process internally with success and now want to start to roll it out to newly uploaded models for WSF family only. Eventually this process should reduce the number of your models that are rejected for 3D printing after being successfully uploaded, reduce lead times and make EVERYONE happier.
Upload a file now Let us know what you think of our latest automated check?