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Forum: Official Announcements
 Topic: Introducing 3D Printing Porcelain & Saying Goodbye to Our Current Ceramics
Re: Introducing 3D Printing Porcelain & Saying Goodbye to Our Current Ceramics [message #105517 is a reply to message #105510 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 00:09 UTC
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I haven't heard anything lately.

It'd be desirable, but all the experiments I've heard of worked by powder sintering, and it's apparently difficult, in the strong material-science sense, to make clear glass out of powder. And let's face it, we don't really want opaque glass: ceramic won that niche by being tougher and cheaper and prettier and cheaper and food-safe and cheaper.

Anyway, I'm not holding my breath.


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Re: Introducing 3D Printing Porcelain & Saying Goodbye to Our Current Ceramics [message #105520 is a reply to message #103060 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 06:44 UTC
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Maybe HP will figure out the tricks to get clear glass. I'm guessing SW decided to try the porcelain thing before trying to commit to another ceramic vendor or moving the ceramic processing in house. I'd be happy with almost any material as long as it's food (and alcohol) safe.
Forum: 3D modeler needed
 Topic: IP Modeler Needed
Re: IP Modeler Needed [message #105521 is a reply to message #105505 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 07:04 UTC
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PM sent.
 Topic: USN carrier based aircraft: AIM-9s, AIM-7s and AIM-54 missiles scale 1/350?
USN carrier based aircraft: AIM-9s, AIM-7s and AIM-54 missiles scale 1/350? [message #105525] Thu, 18 December 2014 08:50 UTC
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hello,

I am looking for someone who can create AIM-9s, AIM-7s and AIM-54 missiles scale 1/350?
It's for the airwing I use on a Trumpeter USS NIMITZ model scale 1/350.

Besides myself there are a lot of other modellers who can use them!

Any comment is welcome,


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Re: USN carrier based aircraft: AIM-9s, AIM-7s and AIM-54 missiles scale 1/350? [message #105546 is a reply to message #105525 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 15:03 UTC
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3D printing is great for model makers! Sending you a PM now.
Forum: Shapeways Shops
 Topic: change the price
Re: change the price [message #105549 is a reply to message #105442 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 16:27 UTC
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I use Google Chrome and open my store items by right clicking them with "Open link in incognito mode" to see how it looks to the public.
 Topic: Marketing your Shapeways Shop
Re: Marketing your Shapeways Shop [message #105550 is a reply to message #105445 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 17:51 UTC
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I'm still new to Shapeways and marketing but presently putting a lot of time and effort into it, and this is what I've gathered so far:

Facebook: Slow growth and is basically a dead place I find for marketing.

Instagram: I've had great success with building up followers. But will only get positive feedback from people in terms of number of likes/comments/follows.

Pinterest: I haven't figured out where it fits in. I don't have much feedback on my pins.

Website: I have a blog and store front but haven't setup the store. Will do that when I have time. I need to look at Shapeways API for integration.

Twitter: I'm still a twitter noob and have no idea how far my tweets go.

Reddit: Great way to get exposure to a shop item and honest feedback on something that's worthy of being commented on.

Etsy: I'm not setup there but will take wgseligman advisement! I have my items on order to see the results and to get photos of them to upload. I'll be than looking at Etsy and similar places more in the future.

Imgur: Very short term instant exposure to shapeways shop and feedback. Very much hit or miss. Be warned that imgur comments can be brutal. They either will love something or hate it and they will tell you. If they smell a hint of any sales tactic or marketing they will downvote your post into oblivion in no time.

I'm mostly interested in exposure and feedback right now so when I have time, I've been putting more work into Instagram, imgur, and reddit. Google Analytics on the Shapeways shop is a must to know where to put your effort
Forum: 3D modelers for hire
 Topic: Who can create 1/350 air-to-air missiles for USN carrier based aircraft?
Who can create 1/350 air-to-air missiles for USN carrier based aircraft? [message #105524] Thu, 18 December 2014 08:49 UTC
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hello,

I am looking for someone who can create AIM-9s, AIM-7s and AIM-54 missiles scale 1/350?
It's for the airwing I use on a Trumpeter USS NIMITZ model scale 1/350.

Besides myself there are a lot of other modellers who can use them!

Any comment is welcome,


Rgds,
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dott com
 Topic: cheap 3d modeler looking for work
cheap 3d modeler looking for work [message #105545] Thu, 18 December 2014 14:12 UTC
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I am a 3d modeler looking for work
Please check my website
http://spukeanimation.daportfolio.com/

email :- spukeanimation@gmail.com

[Updated on: Thu, 18 December 2014 14:15 UTC]

 Topic: Professional design team to convert your ideas into products!
Re: Professional design team to convert your ideas into products! [message #105551 is a reply to message #74184 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 19:12 UTC
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Forum: 3D Design
 Topic: Noob Question - More Explanation on DENSITY?
Noob Question - More Explanation on DENSITY? [message #105523] Thu, 18 December 2014 08:42 UTC
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Hi all, I am new here and new to 3D printing....

I a, also sure this question has been asked but so far I could not find a good description of what the Model Density % is when I upload a model and the number shows up on the edit screen. I uploaded my first model and although I am not 100% sure, I suspect my model's pricing might be too high for its size and shape ($50 for the cheapest material). I suspect it has something to do with the density at 23% and that I have no hole in the model to drain internal material. But I could be wrong.

But the edit page does not have any help description that explains exactly what the DENSITY value is or means. I searched the tutorials for Density but I could not find a basic description of it there either.

So can someone explain basically what DENSITY mean as a percentage? Also, I attached a snapshot of my first model dimensions ... is $50 too high for my model using it cheapest material or is that about right?

I exported my model from Zbrush as an STL file and the exporting options did not mention any variables like wall thickness.

Thanks!


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Re: Noob Question - More Explanation on DENSITY? [message #105532 is a reply to message #105523 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 10:28 UTC
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Density is the fraction of the bounding box (closest box-shaped volume around the part) that is actually occupied by the part, in other words the "material volume" divided by w*d*h. This value used to be much more important before shapeways changed the pricing scheme for strong&flexible - they even offered a discount on big models above a certain density,but then found out that it was not commercially feasible for them.
Nowadays you are charged based on a combination of actual material used (the 75ccm of your model at 28 cent each) and "machine space", i.e. the empty space immediately around your model where they cannot put anything else for printing. Perhaps you could save a bit by hollowing out if it does not matter that the statue will then need to have a big hole in its back, but chances are the hollow area then just counts as "machine space".
On the other hand, if you just want one copy for yourself, the easier solution would be to use the 20 percent discount currently offered with the promo code at the top of the webpage.
Re: Noob Question - More Explanation on DENSITY? [message #105552 is a reply to message #105532 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 19:57 UTC
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Thank you very much.. That helps me understand what Density is and how important it is to the price in Shapeways.

My plan is to take my 3D art models I created for the virtual world of SecondLife and print them for Real World art sculpture sales to my art customers. So the objective is for sale to others.

If cost wasn't a big factor I would love it to be solid but if hollowing drastically reduces the price then I would entertain it, but creating a hole in this model (really anywhere in the model) would not be desirable.

I have already had it printed by a customer of mine with a MakerBot 2 printer and the ABS material print was hollow and looked awesome. But I assume this person knew how to take my STL file and modify the STL to hollow it out prior to printing. Since it was extruded, there was no need for a drain hole. as it only printed the walls.

I really want to see this model sculpture printed in metal... but i am nervous at the cost and if it doesn't work like it worked outside Shapeways.


Toysoldier
Forum: It arrived!
 Topic: Illusive Battleship (Scimitar)
Re: Illusive Battleship (Scimitar) [message #105516 is a reply to message #105515 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 00:07 UTC
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that looks pretty cool, the wings are very detailed!


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Re: Illusive Battleship (Scimitar) [message #105518 is a reply to message #105516 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 03:36 UTC
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Nice, the Panelling really helps give the model a great texture to it!
 Topic: Movable invertible moiré object
Movable invertible moiré object [message #105553] Thu, 18 December 2014 19:59 UTC
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I received today a nice and bigger version of my invertible object with moiré effect.
With the new price model it is easier to make objects stronger without impact on price.
Link: http://shpws.me/z5oy
Video (with the same object but smaller) http://youtu.be/u1-yqtdY2lg
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please take a lock and tell what you think!

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Forum: Introductions
 Topic: Hi I'm Toy - New to Shapeways - Uploaded 1st model
Re: Hi I'm Toy - New to Shapeways - Uploaded 1st model [message #105548 is a reply to message #105455 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 16:16 UTC
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Welcome!

Unless your model is hollow on the inside, it doesn't look that complex. So if it passes the wall thickness check, I think you're good to go. I'd LOVE to see this printed in steel!


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Re: Hi I'm Toy - New to Shapeways - Uploaded 1st model [message #105554 is a reply to message #105548 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 20:03 UTC
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Thanks so much Youknowwho4eva!

I suspect the model is not hollow. LOL I don't exactly know. The SLT was generated as an export from my ZBrush tool and none of the export options of Zbrush asked if it should be hollowed. The model itself is not hollow. Its solid with only outward surfaces. I really dont want to consider hollowing if it means having to create drain holes, but my concerns are if the cost reduces dramatically if it is hollow.

And wow... you were reading my mind. Even though I want to place my model up for sale to my at customers, I really want to print this sculpture in metal for myself !! This is my fave of my art sculptures and I even love the cheap plastic one I had printed. But to have it in metal !! :) Just scared of the cost and what if it dont print the same as it did outside shapeworks.

The model did pass all the automated Shapeways tests except for one of the sandstone materials (too big) and those needing color.


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Forum: General Discussion
 Topic: USPS to Canada
USPS to Canada [message #105522] Thu, 18 December 2014 07:58 UTC
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Tracking my USPS shipment today coming to British Columbia Canada . Package made it to Vancouver BC on the 15th of December but is now in Tokyo Japan. Anybody else having such good luck with USPS. My last shipment with USPS tracking was not available to Canadian customers. You still cannot contact USPS without an american ZIP, good system for them LOL.
 Topic: Cool stuff!
Re: Cool stuff! [message #105538 is a reply to message #105475 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 12:29 UTC
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Cool finds! Thanks for posting! :D


Maker of precision scrap! :p
 Topic: Finishing Services, Strong Flexible (Multiple Parts)
Finishing Services, Strong Flexible (Multiple Parts) [message #105542] Thu, 18 December 2014 13:32 UTC
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Hello! I have a question about finishing / polishing multiple part white, strong, flexible prints.

I am looking to get a couple of thousand of small pieces printed (I've compared prices, and sls printing is still the most economical even at this volume), however because I use a sinterbox or loop the items, they are not going to be suitable for polishing without someone first to break the sinterboxes or cut the loops so the individual pieces can be polished evenly. I was wondering if anyone uses a custom finishing service (does such a thing even exist?) or how people are finishing products given the new guidelines on multiple part printing.

Thank you for any insights!

Kate
Re: Finishing Services, Strong Flexible (Multiple Parts) [message #105543 is a reply to message #105542 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 13:58 UTC
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marchena35 wrote on Thu, 18 December 2014 13:32

Hello! I have a question about finishing / polishing multiple part white, strong, flexible prints.

I am looking to get a couple of thousand of small pieces printed (I've compared prices, and sls printing is still the most economical even at this volume), however because I use a sinterbox or loop the items, they are not going to be suitable for polishing without someone first to break the sinterboxes or cut the loops so the individual pieces can be polished evenly. I was wondering if anyone uses a custom finishing service (does such a thing even exist?) or how people are finishing products given the new guidelines on multiple part printing.

Thank you for any insights!

Kate


Would be cool if Shapeways decided to offer a new service just to custom polish complex orders, at a cost obviously.


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 Topic: A really feel-good application of 3D printing
A really feel-good application of 3D printing [message #105519] Thu, 18 December 2014 06:42 UTC
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http://patch.com/new-hampshire/amherst/prosthetics-printer-h elp-nh-dog-get-out-and-about-0

Something that Shapies might think about.

Shel M.
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Re: A really feel-good application of 3D printing [message #105547 is a reply to message #105519 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 15:44 UTC
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Well we blogged about it!


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 Topic: Sprues - new 2mm rule
Re: Sprues - new 2mm rule [message #105530 is a reply to message #105512 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 10:24 UTC
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MrNib wrote on Wed, 17 December 2014 22:30

Is there an archive somewhere that lists revisions in design rules over time?

Here is a version from around 23-oct-2014 :
http://www.shapeways.com/materials/strong-and-flexible-plast ic?li=nav
Re: Sprues - new 2mm rule [message #105544 is a reply to message #104748 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 14:09 UTC
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Thanks,

So Shapeways DID change the design rules with regard to the sprues.

While SW is happy to change teir ways of working, it makes sense to inform the designers.
It also helps if SW employees would inform the designers properly.



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Re: Sprues - new 2mm rule [message #105555 is a reply to message #105530 ] Thu, 18 December 2014 20:11 UTC
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Marleen6 wrote on Thu, 18 December 2014 10:24

MrNib wrote on Wed, 17 December 2014 22:30

Is there an archive somewhere that lists revisions in design rules over time?

Here is a version from around 23-oct-2014 :
http://www.shapeways.com/materials/strong-and-flexible-plast ic?li=nav



I don't think using archive.org is the optimal way to track rule revisions and revisions dates within a company! I realize that Shapeways is not an "engineering" company as such, but it strikes me that not documenting such fundamental changes in an easily accessible manner can be problematic for everyone. Old and new models can be affected so it's a big deal. Having a linked revision list with dates explaining changes at the bottom of each material page would be a good start. It's the logical place to start hunting for revisions.

For example I just noticed that stainless steel thicknesses are now bracketed based on size and have no idea when that happened. I don't recall a notice although I suppose it could be buried somewhere in the forum. I did a search using "thickness" and another using "rule" in the Official Announcements section of the forum. The only relevant result I found was for a FUD escape hole size requirement change but nothing about steel rule changes.
Forum: 3D Applications
 Topic: Autodesk inventor fusion problem
Autodesk inventor fusion problem [message #105556] Thu, 18 December 2014 20:37 UTC
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got all my parts and selected them but when I upload it only shows one part

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