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How hot is this?!

What should I order first?
#1 Anonymous on 2011-03-10 14:07 (Reply)

I'm about to place my first orders =)
#2 todd blatt on 2011-03-10 14:08 (Reply)
Hey guys let us know what you think! We are very excited about this!!
#3 pete on 2011-03-10 14:26 (Reply)
My first order is in...

I wish I could have some bulk benefit. allowing some sort of multple part order. If I order 5 rings of 2cc each, it's a lot. There should be something that would bring that price down for higher qty orders.

Also, let me come interview =)
#4 todd blatt on 2011-03-10 14:46 (Reply)
I'm so happy to see everybody so excited! I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures of your designs in silver. I have to go freshen up my Google Sketch Up "skills" and design more stuff too.
#5 nancyliang on 2011-03-10 14:51 (Reply)
This is amazing! Love it!
#6 Adelyn on 2011-03-10 16:26 (Reply)
really cool :-)
#7 Heng on 2011-03-10 19:17 (Reply)
I'm very happy to see silver back!!
I have a question,though. The way I'm reading the rules, I can't submit multiples in one file; so, if I want to make a pair of earrings, in silver,I have to order each separately so the minimum cost of a pair of earrings will be $80...correct?
If that's the there any way to change that? $80 (before markup) is pretty high for simple earrings
#8 Robert Carlsen on 2011-03-10 20:20 (Reply)
Looks great!

Any news on EU hallmarking?
#9 Paul King on 2011-03-10 20:32 (Reply)
Yes, we need to get that clarified: What does "multiple parts" mean?

#10 Glenn Slingsby on 2011-03-10 21:56 (Reply)
I'm pretty sure that they don't want us/wont let us making two of something in one file, and that yes, a set of earrings will cost $80 minimum. That's why I want to have some sort of bulk feature built in. The pricing is great for nice rings and bracelets though. I think it was too hard before at $48/cc and $30 min to create something profitable.
#11 todd blatt on 2011-03-10 22:01 (Reply)
Given the handling cost per item (cleaning, polishing, etc.) a pair of earring is actually a lot of work--hence the per piece startup cost. Earrings would have to be split up. I know it's a bother, we have plans to make it easier for people to group items together and offer them as a product set or as a collection.

I think after a few months when we better understand the market and demand, we'll have more food for thought on pricing models. Right now, there are still a lot of unknowns. In the meanwhile, please do chop up the earring files and send them separately.

#12 nancyliang on 2011-03-10 22:08 (Reply)
I hope to have some news on this topic within the week!
#13 nancyliang on 2011-03-10 22:09 (Reply)
damn... my chainmaille dice bag won't work in silver then ;-)
#14 Paul King on 2011-03-10 22:20 (Reply)
That's a shame, I hope it's worked out soon. However, for those of you with a dremel, jewelers saw, or something similar, I'd say just make a pair of earrings (or your entire set of pieces) connect by a small but sturdy surface area, then separate them yourself. It would save you money and not be extra work for the producers. That's my plan at the moment.
#15 Christina Westbrook on 2011-03-10 23:25 (Reply)
Great idea!!

Connect them together then snap and clean up yourself..
#16 Duann on 2011-03-11 01:07 (Reply)
This is really exciting, but I'd really like to know:

a) what kind of printer the wax patterns are made on, so I can get some idea of how fine the detail will be.

b) is it possible to get them without being finished? I much prefer to do the finishing myself.
#17 Gentle Medusa (Homepage) on 2011-03-11 18:54 (Reply)
Good to have Silver back, but something about the new markups is not right it says :

then we will set the mark up to be the equal as the currently highest marked up material for each product.

For most of my models Silver now has the LOWEST mark-up added.

Furthermore, many of my models with moving parts are suddenly available in silver..
#18 Stijn van der Linden on 2011-03-11 19:32 (Reply)
=D I SO want some of my designs in silver.. but it's kinda expensive.. I would love one of my paper plane pendants in silver =D
#19 Spongeinside (Homepage) on 2011-03-11 19:54 (Reply)
Btw, I corrected the markups myself by hand now, so can't link to examples, but as far as I could see, it was consistently the lowest markup for all models that had silver added.
#20 Stijn van der Linden on 2011-03-11 20:01 (Reply)
Very strange. I forwarded your comment to our dev team to look into. The queries should add the highest markup, not the lowest.
#21 nancyliang on 2011-03-11 21:27 (Reply)
This is awesome and why I joined Shapeways in the first place.

However, I can't seen to put the material on any on my designs.. Something about EU?

Looking forward to ordering all of my designs in silver!
#22 pingo on 2011-03-12 10:23 (Reply)
That's odd, I haven't had that problem. Can you please send me a screenshot of the error, and let me know what operating system & browser you are using? nancy (at) shapeways (dot) com. Thanks!
#23 nancyliang on 2011-03-12 14:58 (Reply)
Hey Paul, I'm going to reply to you directly with this issue and if there's anything official make a post about it.
#24 nancyliang on 2011-03-14 14:49 (Reply)
Hey Stijn, did you change your markups between last Oct and today? We set all items that had silver back in our Oct 2010 promotion to their original mark ups. I talked to our developers here and that's what they think may have happened.
#25 nancyliang on 2011-03-14 14:51 (Reply)
Hi Nancy, since you introduced the mark-up per material last January, most of the mark-ups have indeed been updated, seems logical with this highly requested feature.

But since most products had silver added by default back then, I had no way of influencing the markup for silver when it was not available, until now that is.
I'm pretty sure though, that also new models uploaded after the Oct silver had the wrong mark-up set.

Anyway, would it be possible for future material changes or introductions, to do this behind the scenes first?
So we the shop-owners can update our products with the new settings and such, before they are released to the public?
(so to show new materials in the material matrix and edit product pages, but not for show/sale to public yet)
#26 Stijn van der Linden on 2011-03-17 14:53 (Reply)
That is a great idea, we'll find a way to give you guys a preview next time around so you can adjust before it goes live.
#27 nancyliang on 2011-03-17 16:14 (Reply)
Okay, so you guys do something cool and great and awesome and other complimentary adjectives, and the first thing I do is ask about something else. :-D

Any chance of vermeil being offered -- silver heavy-plated with gold?
#28 janiscortese on 2011-03-18 00:33 (Reply)

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