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Forum: Materials
 Topic: Are any Shapeways parts generated on a SLA or DLP machine?
Re: Are any Shapeways parts generated on a SLA or DLP machine? [message #136877 is a reply to message #136854 ] Sat, 13 February 2016 01:20 UTC
avatar RocketMJI  is currently offline RocketMJI
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Thanks!!! This confirms my thoughts that all of the photopolymer based resins available through Shapeways is ink jet based. As the basic chemistry of the resins is the same no matter what printer technology is used (SLA, DLP or MJM), the polymers formed are similar and can be treated in the same manner. Thanks again for your response!
Mike
Forum: 3D modelers for hire
 Topic: Miniature Designer for Hire
Re: Miniature Designer for Hire [message #136879 is a reply to message #103458 ] Sat, 13 February 2016 01:43 UTC
avatar latterjake21  is currently offline latterjake21
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Registered: January 2016
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What would the cost be for this an item like this to be rendered... turn around time and do you provide files for production upon completion.

Thank you


Solomon
Sunok Studios LLC
Forum: General Discussion
 Topic: Print Orientation?
Re: Print Orientation? [message #136878 is a reply to message #136867 ] Sat, 13 February 2016 01:32 UTC
avatar stonysmith is currently online stonysmith
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To reflect on several of the comments above.. My concern is for the large number of designers who have zero clue as to which orientation is "best". I've seen a large number of designers who have said "I want to pick my orientation", when what they are closer to saying "I want the same orientation I got last time". I'd bet that not even five people in this thread have actually watched their item being produced live inside of the printer. I can assume that that a particular orientation was used on a specific print, but even after six years of using Shapeways, I don't feel confident that I know which orientation was used for any one print.

I'm fully qualified to say that some print was terrible, but let's be honest, it's a bit of a guessing game to actually KNOW what was up or down. @hunter_yaw: it will be exceedingly helpful (when you get there) for us to see the data as to which orientation was used for a print. Here's a head spinner for you.. what if print quality is affected by rotation around the Z axis? <grin>

I wanted to emphasize this point ...
hunter_yaw wrote on Fri, 12 February 2016 21:21

In order to provide consistent orientation we have to develop a tool to explode each model to its individual parts and develop a data model solution to store orientation per part. We have to store that orientation data as a 16-value translation matrix.
A 16-value matrix means that any one model may very well NOT be printed along one of the standard X/Y/Z axes. It's a rotation in 3d-space. Shapeways will incur more costs if they are always required to use a specific orientation. If items can't be spun to fit within other items inside the batch, then the items can't be packed as tightly, causing wasted space. I am truly hoping that this "waste" won't turn into a cost high enough to force Shapeways to charge us more for all items, or cause production delays because pieces regularly have to be held to fit into a later batch.

Remember: sometimes, it's better to deal with the devil you know, than the devil you don't.
Or.. be careful what you ask for. <grin>


Patience, Persistance, Politeness - the 3Ps will help us get us to Perfect Printed Products
Re: Print Orientation? [message #136880 is a reply to message #136878 ] Sat, 13 February 2016 01:51 UTC
avatar Fungi  is currently offline Fungi
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stonysmith wrote on Sat, 13 February 2016 01:32

...I've seen a large number of designers who have said "I want to pick my orientation", when what they are closer to saying "I want the same orientation I got last time".


If I could reach you I would slap you!


Forum: Official Announcements
 Topic: Introducing My Shapeways - Your new home page when you log into Shapeways!
Re: Introducing My Shapeways - Your new home page when you log into Shapeways! [message #136881 is a reply to message #136771 ] Sat, 13 February 2016 02:18 UTC
avatar shekhtwoman  is currently offline shekhtwoman
Messages: 1
Registered: April 2014
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I like my new homepage!

Do you plan to make changes in:

1) messages interface? It's a little bit oldschool now :) and not so useful how it can be.
2) I have two easy ways to find "Upload your model" buttons and way to "Co-creator list" is hidden. I would like to exchange one of the buttons "Upload" to "Co-creator"
3) It would be great if I would see numbers of unread messages and undone customizations. Like you know little red circles with digit inside near by envelope and Co-creator lost will be enough for me to not miss new todo things.
4) I receive a looot of "Time to customize" requests and it takes minutes to load the page. Can I hope it will be improved?

Thank you for your great job! I love you Shapeways!

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