Whenever we launch a new material, we first do extensive in-house testing. We'll look at its quality and its usefulness for manufacturing products, but also at production issues like rejection rates and machine downtime.
The next step is to offer it to you as a 'trial' material. During a period of about two months we learn everything we can about the new material. We collect your feedback and test our design guidelines and material pricing.
With Elasto Plastic, we reached the trial stage twice before but still weren't convinced we were offering you the best material that we could. The third time's the charm of course, and we're happy to announce that Elasto Plastic is now here to stay!
Some small changes in the design guidelines and pricing will follow shortly, but we wanted to get the word out that Elasto Plastic is now a permanent member of the Shapeways Materials family!
Whenever we talk to our community, your number one request is always: 'Can I get it faster?'. And we're listening! We have been working hard on streamlining our processes and optimizing our machines for speed.
As a first result we are now able to deliver White Strong & Flexible products to you faster than ever: your products will now ship in 6 business days instead of 8!
For now, we offer this faster shipping time for 'basic' WSF (not polished or dyed), and for models with all axes < 20cm. All other models in Strong & Flexible Plastic will still ship in 12 business days.
We're working hard to reduce the delivery times for all our materials, so long as we don't sacrifice quality or reliability. So stay tuned, we will have more good news coming your way next week!
We have a new 3D printing material waiting in the wings ready to launch and we recently introduced Elasto Plastic as our first Maker material but as we think about which material to introduce next, we first want to ask you what you would like to make, but cannot with our current range of materials?
Let us know what you would like to 3D print, and the material properties required to make your design successful.
Email your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org and the materials team and I will investigate the what 3D printing materials will best fit your requirements.
If you have an image or a URL for your design please share that with us in the email so we can better understand your material requirements.
We do already have some very interesting materials planned for the rest of this year, but we are excited to incorporate more into our 3D printing material selection on Shapeways.
We are not going to tell you just yet what the new 3D printing material is going to be, nor can we confirm or deny that there are clues in the latest short story by Bruce Sterling, From Beyond the Coming Age of Networked Matter. We can confirm that every letter in the name of the new material can be found in the short story, however the new material has NOT been tested by Bruce Sterling, yet.
You MAY be able to see, touch and smell the latest material next week at SIGGRAPH in L.A.