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Variation of shapeways [message #19345] Tue, 19 October 2010 00:32 UTC Go to next message
avatar Sixthlaw  is currently offline Sixthlaw
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Hey guys this is my first post.
Is there a cheaper alternative to shapeways? and if so can you please let me know the names of these, thanks.
Re: Variation of shapeways [message #19384 is a reply to message #19345 ] Tue, 19 October 2010 12:58 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar ibec  is currently offline ibec
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Including a (new tech) 3rd party in your fabrication process is never cheap. For cheap, you've to fall back to DIY handcrafting and using traditional material.

For 3D printing and shipping one offs or a small set of shapes across the globe, there's probably no cheaper alternative than SW. 3D printer manufactures sometimes offer a free print, but this will only work once. When ordering larger quantities of the same shape, Materialise may be cheaper since they decrease the unit price.

An alternative would be using 2D parts as served by Ponoko and assemble your own 3D shape with the parts.
Re: Variation of shapeways [message #19395 is a reply to message #19345 ] Tue, 19 October 2010 14:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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You could get them printed in China for cheaper. Would it be the same service as shapeways? no.

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Re: Variation of shapeways [message #19509 is a reply to message #19395 ] Thu, 21 October 2010 23:16 UTC Go to previous message
avatar stonysmith  is currently offline stonysmith
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None better than Shapeways. Most US companies I requested quotes from are at 10 times the cost, and I severely doubt you'll get as good customer service from anyone.

I say we all raise a toast to Shapeways...

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