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Material and option petition [message #1554] Tue, 14 October 2008 15:41 UTC Go to next message
avatar frigi  is currently offline frigi
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I have mentioned the following issue(s) a few times in mails and on the forum and so did others but there was never a really clear answer on how those requests will (or won't) be handled.

To sum up what I'm talking about:
There are a few people (including me of course) who want and/or need to get higher quality prints than currently possible. What I'm talking about is the HQ mode of your Eden machine and definable model orientation.
This probably won't be necessary too often (especially the latter case) but there's definately quite a few situations where it is because the difference is absolutely visible and often enough even crucial.

There's of course higher printing times in HQ mode and sometimes also more supportmaterial has to be used but I would be absolutely willing to compesate that by paying a higher price for a model where I can choose such options and I think others would behave the same way.
Atomating the calculation of such a new price would also be possible yet it's apparently a bit more complex than the current method.

That much about this topic for now, it would be very much appreciated if you'd give a statement whether and in which way this is being considered for the future.



One more thing out of pure curiosity:
Is there any way for you to print a material which is easier to alter afterwards (detailing, probably adding or removing parts, etc.)? I think of something in the direction of wax because that would save quite a lot of money for wastemolds.

Yours,
Fabian
Re: Material and option petition [message #1567 is a reply to message #1554 ] Wed, 15 October 2008 18:13 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'd like to second this. Making small, high-detail parts for customised model kits is my primary intended use for Shapeways. The current 0.5mm minimum detail size can be very restrictive for small components.
Re: Material and option petition [message #1570 is a reply to message #1567 ] Wed, 15 October 2008 20:01 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi,

thank you for the good feedback. We definitely want feedback and input on what production methods and materials you want.

The short answer to your question is: if there is enough demand for HQ Eden prints, we will offer it.

On the other hand we want to offer a diverse set of materials also, so we could consider a 'one-off' action, to try it? Any takers?

Peter
Re: Material and option petition [message #1572 is a reply to message #1554 ] Wed, 15 October 2008 21:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Quote:

so we could consider a 'one-off' action, to try it? Any takers?


Yes, I'd gladly take that offer. Just head me up (you should have my mail address) as soon as you have a precise conception or whatever you need and I'll try to work something out that fits it.

P.S.: What about a poll to determine the demand for HQ prints? Because I don't think a lot of people will notice it here.

[Updated on: Wed, 15 October 2008 21:34 UTC]

Re: Material and option petition [message #1574 is a reply to message #1572 ] Wed, 15 October 2008 23:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar pete  is currently offline pete
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The poll is a good idea.

For now we first have the black detail offer, which is almost too good to be true (66.6% off).

kind regards,
Peter
Re: Material and option petition [message #1578 is a reply to message #1554 ] Thu, 16 October 2008 09:03 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar frigi  is currently offline frigi
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Yup, that offer indeed is very nice! Smile

It doesn't necessarely have to be a no-charge thing if I just got you right on what you meant, I would be willing to pay for it if it's an object that I want anyways. I'll drop you a message once I got something like that ready.

[Updated on: Thu, 16 October 2008 11:20 UTC]

Re: Material and option petition [message #1779 is a reply to message #1554 ] Tue, 28 October 2008 02:47 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'd love to see more colors and beinga able to mix multiple colors in one model, but that'd be pretty crazy to do.
Re: Material and option petition [message #1819 is a reply to message #1570 ] Wed, 29 October 2008 21:11 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Quote:


On the other hand we want to offer a diverse set of materials also, so we could consider a 'one-off' action, to try it? Any takers?



I'll take that as well- just let me know details and count me in.

Also, I agree with frigi, a poll for HQ prints is a great idea.
Re: Material and option petition [message #1821 is a reply to message #1779 ] Wed, 29 October 2008 21:30 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Not so crazy, there are printers that do full color printing, and also ones that can mix different colored materials on a part-by-part basis. I'd love to see the full color option, even if it were crazy expensive.
icon5.gif  Re: Material and option petition [message #2408 is a reply to message #1554 ] Fri, 09 January 2009 01:29 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Does anyone on the forum have any experience of using Shapeways models as lost "wax" patterns for metal castings? Can any or all of the existing materials be melted away?

How about offering wax as an optional material? If existing materials can be melted they might be better than real wax - I'm thinking we need to make hollow models to minimise purchase cost, but wax wall thickness might need to be greater than plastic.
Re: Material and option petition [message #2409 is a reply to message #2408 ] Fri, 09 January 2009 12:08 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Depends where in the world you are there are jewelry wax 3D printing services out there specialising in that field at very reasonable prices.

I found out via a google ad Razz Not sure how appropriate it'll be to post a pseudo competitor link here Smile
Re: Material and option petition [message #3866 is a reply to message #1554 ] Wed, 08 April 2009 21:18 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Maybe using a specific color material (like the VeroBlue) to make a test period printing in HQ mode, Shapeways can try the demand viability.

I´m looking for a High Quality printed model to do miniature figures and make a silicon mold, without take a lot of time to smooth and apply details on final printed model.

I´m looking forward to see what kind of services Shapeways will offer on future.
Re: Material and option petition [message #3867 is a reply to message #3866 ] Wed, 08 April 2009 23:49 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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As I said in another thread, I'd pay more for printing services with

higher polycount
Finer layers
the ability to chose print direction

these things would be very valuable for the finishing process on my end
Re: Material and option petition [message #4048 is a reply to message #3867 ] Sat, 25 April 2009 07:44 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar jonathanjfshaw  is currently offline jonathanjfshaw
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Ditto for me much better resolutio needed. For miniature figures and related stuff, 0.5mm is pretty useless.
Re: Material and option petition [message #4073 is a reply to message #4048 ] Sun, 26 April 2009 21:21 UTC Go to previous message
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Well actually the resolution is 0.2mm instead of 0.5mm.

Cheers!

Robert

[Updated on: Sun, 26 April 2009 21:22 UTC]


 
   
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