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 Topic: Was anyone else interviewed by Amazon?
Re: Was anyone else interviewed by Amazon? [message #99512 is a reply to message #99501 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 16:12 UTC
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same here, shapeways is the leader by a wide margin. I talked to Amazon and heard nothing for a long while before they launched their thing. I actually encouraged them to partner with shapeways or other leading printing services to off set the costs of things. I imagine dumping millions into 3d printing machines and logistics before you have a customer base is daunting even to billion dollar companies like amazon. I'm slightly sad they didn't choose shapeways for the partnership but apparently they listened to the community and haven't reinvented the wheel.


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 Topic: Ideas about cufflinks with names on it.
Ideas about cufflinks with names on it. [message #99487] Tue, 30 September 2014 10:28 UTC
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Hi Shapies,

I've got an order from a friend, she wants me to prepare cufflinks for her fiancé in GOLD.

I want to do my best. I have some ideas but would you like to help me too?

It has to be perfectly clear.

Can I get an engraved handwriting clear with Shapeways?

I don't want it to look too big, so I will not probably go for big big letters..

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Re: Ideas about cufflinks with names on it. [message #99493 is a reply to message #99487 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 12:32 UTC
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Do you plan on using gold plated steel, gold plated brass, or solid gold? The minimum detail for solid gold is .4mm (that's width and height of the detail) and .35mm for engraving (width and depth). Both have a note:

"To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may be unable to print products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your design has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail."


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Re: Ideas about cufflinks with names on it. [message #99515 is a reply to message #99493 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 16:46 UTC
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Youknowwho4eva wrote on Tue, 30 September 2014 12:32

Do you plan on using gold plated steel, gold plated brass, or solid gold? The minimum detail for solid gold is .4mm (that's width and height of the detail) and .35mm for engraving (width and depth). Both have a note:

"To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may be unable to print products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your design has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, removing them, or considering a material with finer detail."



I will use solid gold.


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 Topic: How to display contents of my Shapeways Shop without internet?
How to display contents of my Shapeways Shop without internet? [message #99511] Tue, 30 September 2014 15:48 UTC
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I'm selling my trains at this Show http://expong.org/ next month.

Will have a stand there with physical models for sale. ( these are one I've previously bought from Shapeways myself .) It would be nice to show people the full range I do in my Shapeways shop but I believe there will be no internet connection available.

I can only think of two solutions. Either print out each page of it on paper or use my phone as a mobile hotspot and connect via GSM. But I live in France and the Show is in the UK so I'd have to buy a local sim and find a package with a lot of data for short term use.

Anyone think of any better way ? Is there a way of downloading the Shop pages to my computer in bulk? I've used WinHTtrack in the past, but I'm not sure how I could limit this to just my shop, with out downloading the whole of the Shapeways website.

Tom
Re: How to display contents of my Shapeways Shop without internet? [message #99517 is a reply to message #99511 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 16:52 UTC
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I'm always struggling with HTTrack to get it to do exactly what I want, but this is what I would try:

- give it a list with starting urls, one for each page of your shop (in All Sections mode)
- then tell it to only go one link deep

As I am just sitting here waiting for traffic to clear, I made the list of starting urls...

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=0#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=36#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=72#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=108#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=144#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=180#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=216#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=252#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=288#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=324#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=360#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=396#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=432#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=468#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=504#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=540#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=576#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=612#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=648#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=684#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=720#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=756#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=792#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=828#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=864#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=900#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=936#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=972#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1008#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1044#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1080#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1116#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1152#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1188#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1224#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1260#more-products
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/tebee?s=1296#more-products
 Topic: Xbox Kinect + Skanect 3D scan rig
Xbox Kinect + Skanect 3D scan rig [message #99521] Tue, 30 September 2014 17:46 UTC
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Hi there.
Just sharing my new design of rig on rail for scannig with a Kinect Xbox 360 and Skenect. I'm planning to make it cut in MDF 1/2" on a CNC. I figured out that the best way to scan with Skanect is to begin with the top of the model. So I came with a C shape design. It is not complete since I will have to rotate auround the model but I will figure how to do it when I'll have the rig physically completed. It's optimized to scan a 0.4mX0.4mC0.4m size box in Skanect but I'm sure I'll be able to scan bigger and maybe smaller bounding box. The ''head'' will be mounted on 4 bearigns.
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 Topic: If you don't read the blog, maybe this is interesting...
Re: If you don't read the blog, maybe this is interesting... [message #99485 is a reply to message #99214 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 09:31 UTC
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Who is in charge of SuperFanArt at Shapeways? Can someone there PM me their contact information? I need to find out what is going on so I can make plans. :)






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Re: If you don't read the blog, maybe this is interesting... [message #99526 is a reply to message #96931 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 18:58 UTC
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Hey James,

There are a few of us work with Hasbro and right now they are in the midst of moderating all the submissions.

So until we have a concrete update from them (which I'm pushing for this week!), all I can say is hang tight.

:/
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Forum: Shapeways Crew
 Topic: World Maker Faire New York 2014 Meet-Up
Re: World Maker Faire New York 2014 Meet-Up [message #99528 is a reply to message #98355 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:11 UTC
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Thanks to everyone who showed up for the meet-up at Maker Faire NYC. What a great time and thanks to Shapeways for the beer and pizza!


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Forum: Interest Groups
 Topic: Repricing Advice: Puzzles & Multi-part files
Repricing Advice: Puzzles & Multi-part files [message #99530] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:28 UTC
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Hi Everyone,

Starting October 7th, Shapeways will be charging per part, a pricing change that most negatively impacts the multi-part file community. Pete, our CEO, discussed the reasons this change was necessary on our blog, and I wanted to create a place for us all to get through this together, here. There are a few ideas for how this could be resolved, and I'll have our Materials and Factory teams chiming in here as much as possible.

We want to be transparent about how we're managing this transition and let you know we're building special tools to make ordering many parts more cost effective after repricing.

First of all, why are high part count files so expensive?
High part count files are expensive because at every step in our production process, each piece is manually handled and accounted for. This means that check each part, orient each part, breakout each part, sort each part, polish each part, dye each part, and finally sort one last time before shipping you all of the parts. Each product at Shapeways is touched an average of 10 times before making its way to you, if you multiply that by the many parts in a file, that's 500+ direct interactions with one model file. This costs considerably more to produce than if that same material volume was one product.

How will you help me cost effectively adjust the models in my shop?
We knew this was going to be a problem we had to address inevitably, so we've been building tools for this transition. These tools aren't yet ready to be released to the public, but we're going to invite you specifically to our printability center pilot preview where we'll be able to work with you and your model parts specifically to optimize for this new pricing structure. We've also put together a tutorial specifically for optimizing the cost of high part count files that will be coming out soon.

We'll be checking regularly, so let us know how you're feeling :)

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Forum: ShapeJS
 Topic: Announcing ShapeJS Cocreators!
Re: Announcing ShapeJS Cocreators! [message #99488 is a reply to message #99349 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 11:35 UTC
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@ProfessorBeekums: You say customers won't be able to download the model they bought unless you allow it. But by having a 3D preview you are giving away the 3D data even before the model is bought. Maybe I'm being paranoid here, but that's why we only have rendered 3D previews in our shops nowadays.
 Topic: Loading a stl
Re: Loading a stl [message #99533 is a reply to message #99447 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:44 UTC
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I fixed the problem by reducing the voxel size.
Forum: Official Announcements
 Topic: Weekly Release Notes September 18th: New Material Specific Jewelry Collection Views
Re: Weekly Release Notes September 18th: New Material Specific Jewelry Collection Views [message #99474 is a reply to message #99434 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 08:10 UTC
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natalia wrote on Mon, 29 September 2014 15:04

@arcathon hang tight...we'll have some VERY exciting news soon ;-)


@natalia You literally KILL US with news! :))) *don`t forget a selfie from mars! :)


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Re: Weekly Release Notes September 18th: New Material Specific Jewelry Collection Views [message #99478 is a reply to message #99474 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 08:26 UTC
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numarul7 wrote on Tue, 30 September 2014 08:10



@natalia You literally KILL US with news! :))) *don`t forget a selfie from mars! :)


At your service.
http://cdn.ndtv.com/tech/images/gadgets/nasa_mars_rover_selfie.jpg


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Re: Weekly Release Notes September 18th: New Material Specific Jewelry Collection Views [message #99481 is a reply to message #99478 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 09:09 UTC
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You forget Doge! XD

MitchellJetten wrote on Tue, 30 September 2014 08:26

numarul7 wrote on Tue, 30 September 2014 08:10



@natalia You literally KILL US with news! :))) *don`t forget a selfie from mars! :)


At your service.
http://cdn.ndtv.com/tech/images/gadgets/nasa_mars_rover_selfie.jpg


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 Topic: Repricing Strong & Flexible Plastic and Steel
Repricing Strong & Flexible Plastic and Steel [message #99524] Tue, 30 September 2014 18:06 UTC
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Hi Everyone,

Hang tight until 3:00pm Eastern for more details


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 Topic: Full Color Plastic is HERE!
Re: Full Color Plastic is HERE! [message #99495 is a reply to message #99459 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 13:10 UTC
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When I first scrolled the page, I thought it seemed quite good. But what you're telling us is horrible! And I also notice that the tips of the antlers are white. Not a design feature, right? Another guy posted a pice with white tips at the It Arrived! forum. Seems to be a huge problem with the CMY SLS printers.

What bothers me most in your report is the deformation. It's not supposed to deform like that, and it wasn't too hot. Imagine that yesterday it was 36°C here! Even if we make thicker walls, that would not help...

Just a word about the color systems discussion: CMY is not true full color, even on paper prints.


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Re: Full Color Plastic is HERE! [message #99496 is a reply to message #99495 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 13:43 UTC
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leandroarndt wrote on Tue, 30 September 2014 13:10

Seems to be a huge problem with the CMY SLS printers.



Note that the printer is using a SLS technique for printing ;) it doesn't laser the powder


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Re: Full Color Plastic is HERE! [message #99503 is a reply to message #99496 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:26 UTC
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But the Projet SLS printers (SW is using them, right?) do ink jet coloring, don't they? It seems to be a problem coloring small tips...


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Re: Full Color Plastic is HERE! [message #99504 is a reply to message #99503 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:41 UTC
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Actually if you check UniverseBecoming's shop the tips of the antlers are white even in the previews.
(And I think Mitchell's comment about FCP not being SLS is just about the fact that this type of printer does not use laser sintering, but something more like glue deposition to fuse the material, similar to the FCS - "MJM" for multijet modeling (or was it manufacturing) might be the three letter acronym you are looking for.

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Re: Full Color Plastic is HERE! [message #99505 is a reply to message #99504 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:47 UTC
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You're right! My fault...


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Re: Full Color Plastic is HERE! [message #99525 is a reply to message #99495 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 18:28 UTC
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Regarding the deformation, it seems like it's not always the case. From three models, only one was deformed and it feels a lot softer and I can still deform it by hand pretty easily. I managed to bend it back into the original shape.
The other two are a lot more solid and haven't deformed a bit and all had the same wall thickness of 0,7mm
Re: Full Color Plastic is HERE! [message #99534 is a reply to message #96071 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:54 UTC
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Have not uploaded photos yet but I just received a building that I switched over from FCS to colored plastic. The wall colors are messed up because the light mortar color between the red bricks may have mixed with the red. The pattern is pushing the limits of what FCS can do so it's not a big surprise but I was curious. Black mortar or a uniform red wall color would be better for this type of design. http://shpws.me/vVCl

The minimum wall thicknesses are just under twice the minimum thickness (about 1.3mm) and it is remarkable for not having any noticeable warping. I did include a couple of internal strengthening ribs but I can't say for sure that they prevented warping. Will edit pics to this post later.
Forum: Suggestions
 Topic: Hallmarking
Re: Hallmarking [message #99499 is a reply to message #99460 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 13:50 UTC
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PeregrineStudios wrote on Mon, 29 September 2014 23:04

I think people are getting lost in technicalities here. The discussion has become 'does Shapeways technically HAVE TO HALLMARK under the law?'. IMHO, that is the wrong question to be asking. There are a LOT of things businesses don't LEGALLY HAVE TO DO, but they do it anyway because their customers expect it. Any purchaser of precious metals, especially ones like 18k gold or platinum, WILL be expecting their jewelry to be hallmarked, period. It's a fact. Shapeways cannot change that fact. These customers can have it explained to them that under some legal technicality, Shapeways doesn't NEED to hallmark it, but they will expect it because that is the level of service they receive at ANY OTHER VENUE offering this product.

I'm not really taking any side in this debate; Shapeways is right when they say hallmarking would require editing your design, without your input. But the simple, unchangeable, immutable FACT is that customers will (reasonably) expect a level of service that they will not receive, and Shapeways' reputation - or the seller's reputation - will suffer as a result.


I would only add that this is a really important issue on some countries (e.g. UK), while it does not make sense on others (e.g. Brazil).

I thought a little bit on that, and maybe found a "solution". Precious metals are not colored prints, but uploading a color texture with a colored area apt for hallmarking would tell Shapeways where this could be done with express agreement of the designer. It would be like a full color sandstone/plastic model, but the colored area would be that where hallmarking would be allowed.


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Re: Hallmarking [message #99500 is a reply to message #99460 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:01 UTC
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Quote:

The discussion has become 'does Shapeways technically HAVE TO HALLMARK under the law?'. IMHO, that is the wrong question to be asking.

You might be right. My personal feeling is that for certain jurisdictions they do, but frankly that's SW's problem.

Quote:

Any purchaser of precious metals, especially ones like 18k gold or platinum, WILL be expecting their jewelry to be hallmarked, period.

100% agreed. I have said above that for silver it's possibly ok, but for the other metals it seems unforgiveable.

Quote:

Shapeways is right when they say hallmarking would require editing your design, without your input.

I cannot agree here. SW say this, presumably, so that they can claim they are not responsible for content but just a pipeline - a DMCA type dodge, or something like that. But the fact is SW alter any cast object. They take your model, print it in wax, add parts for the ingress of molten metal and egress of air, vaporised wax and fumes. When the cast is produced they then remove the extra parts and polish, and then polish some more if required. So in the process of making the finished object they perform some processes which modify the object: in this context it seems unreasonable to say that they cannot hallmark as part of that production process, especially if it is required by law (in certain jurisdictions).
Re: Hallmarking [message #99502 is a reply to message #99500 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 14:16 UTC
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Re: Hallmarking [message #99520 is a reply to message #99168 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 17:39 UTC
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Everyone seems to be missing the point.

Shapeways can not sell or offer to sell any item containing any Gold, Silver, Platinum or Palladium in the UK without it being assayed first. There is not a choice.

Implications for Importers into the UK and Exporters to the UK
Before your goods can be offered for sale they have to have been tested and hallmarked at a UK Assay Office. Unless they are exempt because:
a) The product weighs less than
1.00 gram for Gold
7.78 grams for Silver
0.5 grams for Platinum
1.00 gram for Palladium
b) The product has already been tested and hallmarked in a country which is a signatory to the International Convention on Hallmarking and it bears the Convention "Common Control Mark".
The following countries are signatories to the convention: Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Irelnad, Israel, Latvia,

I started a new topic about Nickel and it's control as a dangerous substance.
I would appreciate some feedback on this http://bit.ly/1rD6bc0


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 Topic: Sell Non-Processed Prints
Sell Non-Processed Prints [message #99527] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:08 UTC
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Hello,

With the recent announcement on price increased on high part number models (such as twisty puzzles) I think it would be a good idea to be able to print models without (or barely no) processing.

Not only would that make the models much cheaper than they were before for the customers but would also save on time for workers at shapeways.

This could be applied on all the models, but since you probably have a lot of employees that do this job, you could also do it for models with orders with more than N parts only (eg: 50).

I hope this will soon be an option, because I won't be able to afford to print my puzzles anymore through shapeways if the high price increase on high part number models is maintained !

Kind regards,
Grégoire Pfennig

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Re: Sell Non-Processed Prints [message #99529 is a reply to message #99527 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:17 UTC
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Apparently you spilled the beans on that, as there has been no official announcement as of yet. I am curious what "non-processed" would mean in the context of strong&flexible, where the print run leaves them with a big block of white nylon powder and most of the work is probably catching all the little models as the loose powder is blown off by compressed air. I guess they could try leaving loose powder in hollow models, but that would both cost them the reusable material and make a mess everywhere, not to mention that some misprints may only be apparent after cleaning.
Re: Sell Non-Processed Prints [message #99531 is a reply to message #99529 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:30 UTC
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I was thinking of just putting the parts in a strainer and then in a bag without cleaning them in depth.
Re: Sell Non-Processed Prints [message #99532 is a reply to message #99527 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 19:39 UTC
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With the recent announcement on price increased on high part number models (such as twisty puzzles) ...

I guess this explains the sudden surge of interest in the CSV wizard...
Re: Sell Non-Processed Prints [message #99535 is a reply to message #99527 ] Tue, 30 September 2014 20:02 UTC
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as a frequent buyer of twisty puzzles from Shapeways, i will second RubixFreakGreg's suggestion:

if the proposed increase in price is, in fact, due to the excessive labour involved in sorting the high number of pieces that are often involved in twisty puzzle design, it might make sense to offer the option of *not* doing that -- take the print straight from the machine and place it in a bag, excess powder and all. (this is also assuming that this kind of powder loss will not be a financial burden in itself.)

personally, i polish and dye the pieces myself when i receive them, so this additional cleaning would be little trouble.
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