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Thanks for the calculator!

I was thinking, this tool would be more useful if it told me how big I could make something at a set price ($200) with a given material (white strong flexible). Then I wouldn't need a quoted price to get results.

Also, most people don't give a crap how the math is done, so I wouldn't feature the equation at the top of the page. At most, it should be a side note.

Rock on,
Jake
#1 jakecressman on 2008-07-24 22:41 (Reply)
this is confusing... Is there a pricing char that gives a bit more of an overview on pricing?

maybe with references to some dimensions?
#2 sammymatik (Homepage) on 2008-08-02 17:25 (Reply)
just in addition to what the others mentioned before,... I'm used to order rapid ptypes and in the industrial field they have a pretty simple way to calculate prices. the mor ecubics, the more money. Basically the same way you do it. But what ist the price per cm³ based on let me say a typically material like ABS, which is pretty simple to be 3D printed!?
#3 pepe on 2008-08-02 20:55 (Reply)
We're doing our best to improve the ordering process and the calculator, so thanks for your feedback!

@pepe: you'll find our cm3 prices here: http://www.shapeways.com/about/material-options
#4 Bart Veldhuizen on 2008-08-04 07:14 (Reply)
Did I get it right - solid 5cm 5cm 5cm would cost me 125 * $1.87 = $233 (cheapest material)? Plus shipping? Or can I make it hollow with say 3mm walls and save material/money? I'm bit lost about the final price... if I upload my design will I get a quote for shipped design?
#5 MikeB on 2008-08-04 14:59 (Reply)
I have just calculated and $233 is crazy! I could NEVER ever afford that, for that price you could even let a goldsmith do that....
#6 Qwesto on 2008-08-05 00:27 (Reply)
If you can find a goldsmith that will sell you a 5x5x5cm piece of solid gold for $233, please send me their contact details!

You can use hollowed out models from what I understand.
#7 bendansie on 2008-08-06 08:39 (Reply)
I think you know what I meant...I have no time to play around with you, bendansie.
#8 Qwesto on 2008-08-07 16:45 (Reply)
Yes I knew what you meant. It was supposed to be a fairly lighthearted reply, sorry if it came off offensive.
#9 bendansie on 2008-08-08 01:21 (Reply)
Guys big hugs all around and let's keep it friendly.
#10 Joris Peels on 2008-08-08 08:14 (Reply)
In Pro-Engineer & Solid works, you can get a volume measurement of your model, you can probably do the same for other programs, then you can work out your own price! perhaps a volume calculator here would be good to
#11 bhermer on 2008-08-20 16:58 (Reply)
I agree with the other comments. Its a bit trycky. I dont understand if the price is based on the actual volume of my model or if its based on the 'bounding box' of my model.
I guess its a bit tricky to calculate a models exact volume but an fairly good estimate would do.

I guess all this will be clear if I actually upload a model and try it out but I don't want to make a model of something if I later see that this will be to expensive.
I guess a small note will do for me on how the price is calculated.
#12 potmo on 2008-08-26 15:46 (Reply)
"guess all this will be clear if I actually upload a model and try it out but I don't want to make a model of something if I later see that this will be to expensive"

...that's the point.
#13 Qwesto on 2008-09-15 16:00 (Reply)
Hi potmot,

we're using the actual volume, not the volume of the bounding box. That's why you can save money by making your objects hollow!

Cheers,

Bart
#14 Bart Veldhuizen on 2008-09-16 08:04 (Reply)
almost 1 1/2 years ago the blenderartists wrote a simple but well working script at least for blender:

http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=84827

when you hit Alt-p you won't see anything happening, it's because the output is shown in the dos console. Don't know if it works under linux where you usually don't have blender running along a terminal....

hope it helps
pepe
#15 pepe on 2008-09-16 10:40 (Reply)
I think everybody got it, but we need a calculator which is able to display the final price if the model is hollow...
#16 Anonymous on 2008-09-16 11:37 (Reply)
Price calculator doesn't work anyway... at least not on my system running under Windows 7
#17 Glenn Slingsby on 2010-04-08 01:28 (Reply)
Hello, we redesigned our model with holes inside, so we reduced the volume, but the price is still the same - wy??

Please check the real volume.

Best regards
R. Harz
#18 graf-rh on 2011-02-22 22:00 (Reply)
Just to echo the above comment (from a year ago), I uploaded solid and hollow versions of a model and got the same price for both. Does it matter if the interior hollow space is accessible from outside?
#19 Ryan Wolfe on 2012-07-30 06:45 (Reply)
Yes, definitely - we have to be able to remove the excess powder from the inside. If there's no hole, you'll be charged for the entire enclosed volume.

Here's more information:

http://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/creating-hollow-objects

Cheers,

Bart
#20 Bart Veldhuizen (Homepage) on 2012-07-30 08:46 (Reply)

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