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Any interest in sculptures? [message #43009] Sun, 29 January 2012 00:59 UTC Go to next message
avatar Eximious  is currently offline Eximious
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I had no idea how to make people notice my shop, so I hope this post works. I want to make some money on this site, but it seems like the material is realy expensive here. :s Is anyone going to afford buying from me?
Just the material for my Balrog model costs €20.06! Do people have the interest to spend that much money on models? How good do the models have to be to gain fans, like, how high is the bar here? Razz Thanks for any answers! Smile

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Re: Any interest in sculptures? [message #43016 is a reply to message #43009 ] Sun, 29 January 2012 06:14 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar TurtlesAreCool  is currently offline TurtlesAreCool
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The first thing I would do, personally, is order a copy of those prints. Once that was in hand, I could make adjustments as necessary and take good pictures of the items. Unless I am severely mistaken, the pictures you show are renders, not the actual item. You did a good job of simulating the texture, but I don't think those teeth would come out quite so pointy on the actual print.

So, a physical picture of a product would help. I don't have any real advice, because I do no marketing. Hence, I sell almost nothing. But I have a personal preference that nothing I design gets put up for sale until I've successfully printed it once. I believe this to be the most ethical thing I can do. Plus, I rarely get a flawless print the first time; you don't want your customers getting the flaws.

A few suggestions on your two items:
1. I'd make the base thicker. My most recent prints ( http://www.shapeways.com/model/420957/giver_of_mercy.html?gi d=ug, for example) have a few issues with thickness in some places. The one I just linked is a little more flexible than I'd like at the ankles, due to the positioning of the legs - and the ankles are ~2 mm thick and the base is 1.3mm at the thinnest point. All my bases have an indent in the bottom to save volume, but it seems that a bare minimum of 1mm is what you want. 2mm is better, and the models with thicker bases feel much sturdier.
2. Check your details. Shapeways isn't joking about the minimum detail level. I am continually trying to skim the minimums, and sometimes it burns me. I'd add a margin of error to some of your details, and watch out for the pointy bits (it's a good idea to make them a little fatter towards the tip than you may think necessary)
Re: Any interest in sculptures? [message #43061 is a reply to message #43016 ] Sun, 29 January 2012 21:47 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar SaGaDesign  is currently offline SaGaDesign
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First of all, really nice modelling work.

I agree with Turtles (above), getting photos of the finished prints will help a lot. I am in the process of getting photos of all my work as well.

Second, my best advice would be to take your great design and make a practical product out of it. Maybe a pendant, ring, dice for a board game, anything like that. People seem less interested in pure sculpture and more into something that has functional application.

Best of luck to ya!

-Saad
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Re: Any interest in sculptures? [message #43096 is a reply to message #43009 ] Mon, 30 January 2012 09:30 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Eximious  is currently offline Eximious
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Thanks for some really helpful answers! Very Happy

 
   
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