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Can't get my design in Ceramic option.... [message #61288] Mon, 04 February 2013 02:18 UTC Go to next message
avatar Morganici  is currently offline Morganici
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I've got a very simple design that I'm trying to get in the ceramic option. I have tried to remain within the restrictions Shapeways lays out for Ceramic guidelines, but I can't for the life of me get my design to have the ceramic option.

I'm uploading here to see if anyone can help me. I'm very very new to 3d design and Have just been trying this in sketchup.

Thanks for any help and please let me know if I can upload in another way to make it easier for people to view.

Re: Can't get my design in Ceramic option.... [message #61299 is a reply to message #61288 ] Mon, 04 February 2013 06:59 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looks like its too small. Netfabb gives dimensions of 2.7mm x 3.6mm x 4.7mm.

The corners all need to be filleted as well for best results. If using Sketchup, try this plugin: RoundCorner.

[Updated on: Mon, 04 February 2013 07:03 UTC]


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Re: Can't get my design in Ceramic option.... [message #61312 is a reply to message #61299 ] Mon, 04 February 2013 13:08 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You're right. It's way too small. The actual dimensions are supposed to be about 9cm x 5cm x 12 cm but when I make an STL file in Meshlab, the resulting render is way too small.

For some reason when I upload the .dae file I export directly from Sketchup to Shapeways, the render looks very strange and bloated and costs a fortune to print... Any thoughts here?

I will check out rounded corners too. Thanks for the information.

Re: Can't get my design in Ceramic option.... [message #61313 is a reply to message #61312 ] Mon, 04 February 2013 13:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If you choose "Inches" instead of "mm" when uploading a DAE, Shapeways will likely interpret the STL correctly.

Use this plugin to export STL's directly from Sketchup: Sketchup to STL. This will save you from the DAE problems and the extra Meshlab step.

...and use this plugin to make sure the Sketchup model is "Solid" before exporting and uploading to Shapeways: Solid Inspector. The plugin highlights problems so you can fix them.


[Updated on: Mon, 04 February 2013 13:22 UTC]


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Re: Can't get my design in Ceramic option.... [message #61314 is a reply to message #61313 ] Mon, 04 February 2013 13:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Awesome! Thank you so much for your help.

I was able to upload to shapeways without it being bloated. And I will check out all those plugins you linked. Thanks again.

Re: Can't get my design in Ceramic option.... [message #61315 is a reply to message #61314 ] Mon, 04 February 2013 13:30 UTC Go to previous message
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Glad that worked...cheers! Smile


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