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New to Shapeways. Curious about the best way to print multi-component designs [message #23684] Thu, 10 February 2011 18:19 UTC Go to next message
avatar aluminumpork  is currently offline aluminumpork
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Hello all, I'm just about ready to print my first design with Shapeways and am curious about how multi-component designs are handled.

For instance, I have a design which consists of a base plate and a cover that will screw down to the top of the base plate. I've modeled these two pieces within the same model file.

Should I extract each of them separately to their own model files and upload them individually, then order all of them at once? Will Shapeways intelligently print my order all at the same time? (or should that even matter to me?)

What if I kept both components in the same model file, but kept them physically separated? Would Shapeways even accept the model?

Please excuse my newbiness.

Thanks!
Re: New to Shapeways. Curious about the best way to print multi-component designs [message #23685 is a reply to message #23684 ] Thu, 10 February 2011 18:40 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Keep them in the same model, some materials have startup costs and volume discounts. So it would be less expensive to do it in one file. As long as it's under the polygon limit, and will fit in the bounding box.


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Re: New to Shapeways. Curious about the best way to print multi-component designs [message #23686 is a reply to message #23685 ] Thu, 10 February 2011 19:02 UTC Go to previous message
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Thanks! I appreciate it.

 
   
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