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A Hollow Question [message #32213] Sun, 07 August 2011 06:19 UTC Go to next message
avatar Wizzard419  is currently offline Wizzard419
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Hi all, totally new here but wanted to take my game industry exp. into the real world. Very Happy

I just wanted to get a concept clear (been reading other posts here), if I were to just make a simple cube primitive and upload it, shapeways would treat it/print it as a solid cube, correct?

If I didn't need it to be solid I would need to hollow it out (boolean or other method) and leave a small opening so that the printer would accept it?
Re: A Hollow Question [message #32235 is a reply to message #32213 ] Sun, 07 August 2011 22:45 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Drawn-SteelHero  is currently offline Drawn-SteelHero
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Bingo.

Basically, if you actually want the cube to be hollow, you'd need to leave a large enough hole in the shell to allow the uncured support material to come out.
If you only want to hollow it to reduce the price, then you just need to make a small hole so that Shapeways' software recognises it as hollow. If you just have an empty space within a watertight shell, and no hole to connect the inside with the outside, the software will register it as a solid piece.
Re: A Hollow Question [message #32236 is a reply to message #32235 ] Sun, 07 August 2011 22:55 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Wizzard419  is currently offline Wizzard419
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Cool thank you very much.

 
   
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