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rush? did you say rush?

whats the cost of that?
when just $10,, all of my orders will be rush orders haha :-D

I've seen the machine @ Eindhoven :-D
and in the room is space for about 10 more of those machines... i say lets spend some of those millions shapeways has got
#1 Mitchell Jetten on 2011-02-15 15:48 (Reply)
Do I sense some impatience here? ;-) Yes we will work on that.. perhaps local pickup?
#2 Peter Weijmarshausen on 2011-02-15 15:58 (Reply)

eindhoven was 1hour 30min drive,, thats a bit a problem (cause i also have to drive back)

and yes i'm impatience,, i just love shapeways so much :-D

ohh psst.. Peter,,, how about new contest hint :-D
(need to buy a model wich costs about $300 :$ )

Mitchell (L) Shapeways
#3 Mitchell Jetten on 2011-02-15 16:03 (Reply)
don't believe me? check out my new picture of the collection:

:-D ohhyeahh :-D
#4 Mitchell Jetten on 2011-02-15 16:31 (Reply)
hm.. I was under the impression Shapeways had their own 'printer park'.
#5 Spongeinside (Homepage) on 2011-02-15 19:24 (Reply)
Well yes and no. Working together with our partners out community is definitely using a printer park. However it was not in our own office. Now the park extended and includes our own.
#6 Peter Weijmarshausen on 2011-02-15 19:37 (Reply)
Yay! I look forward to it. Any idea on the time frame rush orders might get to, say California? ;-)
#7 Christina Westbrook (Homepage) on 2011-02-15 20:02 (Reply)
Ooh okej ^.^
#8 Spongeinside (Homepage) on 2011-02-15 20:11 (Reply)
Hey Peter,

It's good to know there is always a good idea just around the corner at Shapeways!

Rush orders... yummy. I will be needing those soon, you know...

Will those include SF color orders?
#9 Michiel Cornelissen on 2011-02-15 20:25 (Reply)
long overdue, but good things take time.
Looking forward to how all the new insight will manifest itself.
#10 Artur on 2011-02-15 21:44 (Reply)
Great to hear that. For me that's only a 30 minute drive :-) Would be great to be able to pick up a delivery. As for rush orders, well every one is impatient when it comes to test printing designs, isn't it?
If this helps to reduce the normal shipping time for every order, it would be even better. Especially for gifts, most people don't plan 2 weeks ahead and will therefore shop elsewhere.
#11 Gijs on 2011-02-16 12:03 (Reply)
Good news for you. Just to add a very humble note to : " Can we print even higher details? And if so how can we do that reliably? Can we make incredible stuff? Can we make stuff more affordable? "

I already ordered from you guys some pretty amazing stuff, very high details that would be hard, maybe impossible to make otherwise. I don't think the details resolutions are the most important issue here, but rather the prices, that can soar very high pretty fast ( I got a model that needs to be printed, but 500 euros are way too expensive for me ) and the smoothness of the printed piece. Sanding the stuff is possible, but when it goes to surfaces with delicate details, that tends to be a hell of a thing to do.

Small pieces are very affordable but needs a lot of minute work to remove the " bumps " made by the printing process; Big pieces are easier to smooth and work with but way more expensive, IMHO.

I'm not begging or whinning, I certainly won't tell you guys how to run your business, but I just wanted to add this little note. Sorry for the trouble and thanks for reading ! :-)
#12 Davlin on 2011-02-18 11:35 (Reply)
Thanks Davlin

We need all the feedback we can get, volume equations is something we can consider, but would you be prepared for a higher price for smaller items if lesser for larger?

This would actually be truer to our costs, as the finishing/cleaning of small parts can be more labor intensive than larger, as you have described...

Either way, we will continue to try and get the best possible prices to make 3D printing accessible to all...
#13 Duann on 2011-02-18 13:24 (Reply)
Hello Duann,

I had to take a moment and think about my reply to avoid saying stupid things. Thing is, as a enthusiast model maker, the volume of the pieces I could make you guys print is almost everytime over 10 centimeters; For example, I have a 20-centimeteres diameter piece I have to make Shapeways print, not to mention other stuff ( 22, 25 centimeters ). So, I should say I'm not concerned about the " small pieces, small price " you mentionned. So, it would be easy for me to say : "Yes, please make the price of the small objects rise up" because that would not change something for me. But all the dice makers ( for example ) would be quite annoyed by that, I think, and I saw on the forums and gallery that there is a lot of people working with theses sizes.

On the other hand, a theory I thought about was that, maybe people were making small pieces only because that was the maximum budget they could afford; Choosing price over size, even if they'd be frustrated to have only a small object in the end. Maybe, if the price was a bit lower on big volumes, they'd tend to order you some bigger pieces, and you'd get closer to your true production costs... my two cents. :-)
#14 Davlin on 2011-02-18 22:34 (Reply)
Howdy Peter,

got a small question;

when do you think you can give us some new information regarding the rush prints?

thanx in advance!

#15 Mitchell Jetten on 2011-02-22 12:08 (Reply)
Was hoping this would lead to high rez printing as a regular feature i.e. the limited testing of uber high rez prints you guys did a while back! Can't wait to get high rez/smooth miniatures printed by you guys for casting!

WHEN! :-)
#16 Steve Rysemus on 2011-02-28 23:14 (Reply)
Also didn't know that Shapeways does not own it's own printer park.
But with the new EOS P100 SLS it should be possible to test some further materials as also discussed in some other threads (like the PA 1550).
#17 Andreas Woody64 on 2011-03-04 07:02 (Reply)
Discussing Davlins points further,

I think there are a lot of people who print small items as that is what they want to print, and often smaller, more detailed and of course like all - more cheaply.

Those wanting smaller parts such as jewellery makers, or fine scale modellers would be considering aspects such as materials, higher resolution and pushing the wall thickness (or should that be thinness!) boundary etc, they would not want or need to print in increasingly larger sizes?

Of course, almost everyone as a "large" project they would be curious to print, but ultimately price curtails?

It is good to see that that Shapeways are aware of the market demands for the service they provide to be pulled in many directions, and that they do pay heed to the various factors involved in pricing, details and materials.

#18 Bluedonkey99 on 2011-07-03 12:10 (Reply)

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