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Forum: Suggestions
 Topic: Render Tool
Render Tool [message #109154] Thu, 29 January 2015 06:43 UTC
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Very often when I create a product I'll use Shapeways' built-in renders to get a sense of how it might look. Unfortunately, this is a rather complex process, made even more so by the fact that I prefer to not have the material renders visible on the product pages (something I assume I'm not alone in). In order to do so I have to:

1) enable the materials for sale
2) wait for the default pose to render
3) orient the model and set it to render
4) enable material renders
5) wait for the product page to update with the new renders
6) download or otherwise save the images I want
7) disable material renders

It would be really useful if there was a way to render and view images using the existing engine without having to go through all of that. Perhaps it could be integrated into the new 3D tools or elsewhere as a separate preview render tool. That way renders could be queued on-demand instead of automatically removing the wait time, and shop owners wouldn't have to enable them on product pages just to download an image.


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Forum: 3D Design
 Topic: Reducing Size of STL file to upload to shapeways
Re: Reducing Size of STL file to upload to shapeways [message #109155 is a reply to message #109087 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 06:54 UTC
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thank you very much appreciate all your help
Re: Reducing Size of STL file to upload to shapeways [message #109160 is a reply to message #109155 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 12:17 UTC
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You can also decimate the model in Netfabb easily - Right click > Level of Detail > Choose something like 50%...or more or less depending on the level of detail needed.


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Re: Reducing Size of STL file to upload to shapeways [message #109161 is a reply to message #109160 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 12:52 UTC
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Good to know, Marcus.

I almost only use Netfabb to sanity check models - any fixes I need to do are done in the source application.

Re: Reducing Size of STL file to upload to shapeways [message #109166 is a reply to message #109160 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:26 UTC
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denali3ddesign wrote on Thu, 29 January 2015 12:17

You can also decimate the model in Netfabb easily - Right click > Level of Detail > Choose something like 50%...or more or less depending on the level of detail needed.


@denali3ddesign: are you able to save that change? I don't think the save option (for decimated models) is available in the Basic version.


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Re: Reducing Size of STL file to upload to shapeways [message #109167 is a reply to message #109166 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:31 UTC
avatar MitchellJetten  is currently offline MitchellJetten
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That Level Of Detail is for visibility purpose only (imaging having to fill a tray with 100+ models, millions of polygons), it makes planning a tray easier as it doesn't take as much memory :)

You can't save it as far as I know.


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Re: Reducing Size of STL file to upload to shapeways [message #109170 is a reply to message #109167 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:43 UTC
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Stony, Mitchell - you are correct! I never realized the decimation was visual only....d'oh!


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Forum: Bug Reporting
 Topic: Vanishing Models
Vanishing Models [message #109138] Thu, 29 January 2015 00:37 UTC
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Since the major update to the system, I have had upwards of 30 models that have vanished from public view, as well as even from my own models list. I found a few through old orders. Models that I pulled from sale while issues are being looked at, have now also vanished. And I'v had models I removed long ago, pop up out of now where.

What Gives?


Is this a new way of trying to make me close my shop, or what?


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 Topic: Product's short URL don't work
Product's short URL don't work [message #109162] Thu, 29 January 2015 14:35 UTC
avatar Shico  is currently offline Shico
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The short links underneath my products in my shop don't work anymore. (says webpage not available!)

Thanks in advance...
Re: Product's short URL don't work [message #109164 is a reply to message #109162 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 14:46 UTC
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Thanks for letting us know!

Our development team is aware of the issue and will be fixing this as soon as possible.

Best,
Mitchell


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Re: Product's short URL don't work [message #109165 is a reply to message #109164 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 14:50 UTC
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Thank you!
 Topic: I can't view some of my products
I can't view some of my products [message #109141] Thu, 29 January 2015 01:48 UTC
avatar LokiLaufeysen  is currently offline LokiLaufeysen
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i click the view product button and it say there is nothing there.


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Re: I can't view some of my products [message #109171 is a reply to message #109141 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:44 UTC
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To add some context:

MyModels->Edit takes you to
https://www.shapeways.com/model/upload-and-buy/3066789
If you then click on ViewProduct, you get a 404

But.. MyModels->View takes you to
https://www.shapeways.com/product/share-and-sell/TD23ET5WS
If you then click on ViewProduct, it takes you to the correct page.

This is happening on only some of my models... others work fine.


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 Topic: Trouble Uploading Models
Trouble Uploading Models [message #109168] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:39 UTC
avatar sedstiskyfaller  is currently offline sedstiskyfaller
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Hello,

I am trying to upload a couple models in (mm) but they are trying to upload in (in.) and therefore not loading.

Does anyone have an idea what may be going wrong?

Thank you,
sedstiskyfaller
Re: Trouble Uploading Models [message #109173 is a reply to message #109168 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:50 UTC
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The software will change the scale, if the model is too small/large for our printers in the selected units. What's the size of your upload?


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Re: Trouble Uploading Models [message #109174 is a reply to message #109173 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:53 UTC
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Thanks for the reply.

The two models are rather different in size. One is about 24x24x24 mm and the other is about 20x54x140 mm.

This is the first time I have had this problem when uploading something.

Sedsti
Re: Trouble Uploading Models [message #109176 is a reply to message #109168 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:58 UTC
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Can you send me the files so I can inspect? You can email them to michael@shapeways.com if you don't feel comfortable uploading them here.


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Re: Trouble Uploading Models [message #109177 is a reply to message #109176 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 16:04 UTC
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Email sent. Thank you for looking into this.

Sedsti
 Topic: Can't upload, keeps loading
Can't upload, keeps loading [message #109169] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:43 UTC
avatar Eefke126  is currently offline Eefke126
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I cannot upload any models. I tried uploading two different models today several times, but the website keeps loading and wont add the models to my list of models.

  • Attachment: screen3.jpg
    (Size: 140.59KB, Downloaded 2 time(s))

Re: Can't upload, keeps loading [message #109172 is a reply to message #109169 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:48 UTC
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Here as well unfortunately. Hoping its a quickly passing server issue :)
Re: Can't upload, keeps loading [message #109175 is a reply to message #109172 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 15:54 UTC
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Thanks for letting us know.

We're investigating as we speak!


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Re: Can't upload, keeps loading [message #109178 is a reply to message #109175 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 16:35 UTC
avatar NikkruGadgets  is currently offline NikkruGadgets
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Same here,

it keeps displaying

File CAT Loader_tires2.stl
Size 0w x 0d x 0h (in)
Part Count
Material Volume 0.0000cm3
Machine Space cm

It's a modification of a printed model, so it's not too small or too big or otherwise problematic. Same with other models


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Re: Can't upload, keeps loading [message #109181 is a reply to message #109169 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 17:19 UTC
avatar AlessandroAzzolini  is currently offline AlessandroAzzolini
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Same here.
I'm trying to upload some co-creator models but it doesn't work.
It gets stuck on "Processing".
Please fix it soon!


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Forum: Official Announcements
 Topic: UPDATE: Back Live! Thank You! Site Maintenance Scheduled For Tuesday 1/20 7pm
Re: UPDATE: Back Live! Thank You! Site Maintenance Scheduled For Tuesday 1/20 7pm [message #109183 is a reply to message #108045 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 17:27 UTC
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Hey guys,

Another set of fixes:

Shops are no longer showing Not for Sale products as For Sale ** lots of reports about this one **
API is now returning the correct secretKey
Shop Inventory list of tags no longer pulls from inactive tags

Thanks for reporting the new ones, I'll let you know the status as soon as I can get more information

Cheers,
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Forum: 3D modeler needed
 Topic: Jace Beleren model
Jace Beleren model [message #109159] Thu, 29 January 2015 11:37 UTC
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I want to make a miniature for D&D similar to the Jace Beleren figure out in stores, just a lot smaller and with no moving parts. The figure can be found here http://cdn3.volusion.com/ondfq.dtexo/v/vspfiles/photos/FKMTG 41212-2.jpg?1400771912
I wish to make it as small as normal D&D figures which are about 28mm scale, or about the size of an army soldier figure. If possible, how much would something like this cost to design and make out of plastic?
Re: Jace Beleren model [message #109163 is a reply to message #109159 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 14:46 UTC
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PM sent,

best regards,
Nik


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 Topic: PC Case
PC Case [message #109184] Thu, 29 January 2015 17:35 UTC
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Hi everyone,

I have very small Gaming PC components. Will list them as follow:
Mini-ITX motherboard, SFX PSU, Mini GPU card (6.7" Length), One SSD.

for an example the case should be smaller than Cooltek coolcube G771 because it supports 185mm (while mine needs 171mm "ASUS GTX970 Mini") as well the coolcube SSDs mounted under GPU which makes it longer, this tall length can be reduced to the point after GPU card PCI. Width also can be reduced if switched to SFX rather than the Standard ATX PSU especially if CPU has Low-Profile cooler. Then consider if possible can fit 120mm fan in front except if it might change the dimensions of the whole case.

Expected weight is ~1kg , Expected dimension is 7"X7"X8" and still packing GTX 970 Mini card, has Power/Reset Buttons, 2X USB 3.0 and Audio Jacks.

Thanks and Best Regards,

index.php?t=getfile&id=86550&private=0

[Updated on: Thu, 29 January 2015 17:48 UTC]

Forum: It arrived!
 Topic: My first two pairs of cufflinks arrived!
My first two pairs of cufflinks arrived! [message #109140] Thu, 29 January 2015 01:48 UTC
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I am very excited that my first two pairs of cufflinks have arrived.

The first is based on a motif of the city of Milan and involved quite a bit of fiddling around with the design, particularly to get the finer areas acceptable to print. I am quite happy with the design, but might also do a larger, bolder version.
index.php?t=getfile&id=86475&private=0

Check it out in my store here:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/UZPYR75HS/milano-biscione- cufflinks

The second is a compass design, as below. I am really happy with how this turned out - I am actually wearing them today!
index.php?t=getfile&id=86477&private=0

Check it out in my store here:
https://www.shapeways.com/product/SEUTPSH35/compass-cufflink s

The only thing I will update on other cufflinks is to make the 'stalk' and the 'stopper' bit a little larger. That said, they work really well and look great.

[Updated on: Thu, 29 January 2015 01:51 UTC]


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 Topic: coral egg cup
Re: coral egg cup [message #109185 is a reply to message #109106 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 17:46 UTC
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Cute!


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Forum: General Discussion
 Topic: Question about backfaces
Re: Question about backfaces [message #109139 is a reply to message #109137 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 01:12 UTC
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Sorry, What do you mean by sending it PM? Should I upload it to shapeways, send to you by a service like wetransfer? I'm now uploading 2 FILES to this forum. The smaller file shows how I want it to look and the bigger file shows what happens after I run it through Photoshops 3d print process. You will need Photoshop CC to open these files properly.

I sent you 2 files, the Photoshop file and the Photoshop file that's processed for printing. Maybe my entire approach is wrong, I was trying to create holes in something the way Steve Caplin does in his book 3D Photoshop (page 163 if you happen to have the book). The only thing that I did differently from the book was to check the box called Backfaces in the properties panel (see my previously uploaded jpegs).

Also on a related matter. I noticed that the holes (flower shapes) that I punched on the sides of the cup do not match the wholes on the inside of the cup, even though they appear to match up when the cup is looked at from the outside. If you spin the cup (METAL CUP WITH HOLES) around in Photoshop and look inside, you'll see what I mean.

FYI: My end goal is to develop my skills so that I can actually design products and have them printed at shapeways,

Whatever light you can shed on this is appreciated. I hope to create my products entirely in Photoshop. If my approach to designing this way is wrong then please let me know. I really appreciate you helping me out with this.

[Updated on: Thu, 29 January 2015 01:16 UTC]

 Topic: 3d printing 911
Re: 3d printing 911 [message #109142 is a reply to message #109068 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 02:15 UTC
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any idea how to remove nonmanifold geometry with meshlab, netfabb, or other sggerstion?
Re: 3d printing 911 [message #109143 is a reply to message #109142 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 02:16 UTC
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also whats the easiest way to thicken it, I have no clue.. thanks!
 Topic: screw cap tightening wrench
Re: screw cap tightening wrench [message #109156 is a reply to message #108638 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 07:58 UTC
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I actually said that about the flashing the flashlight but I didnt really word it properly but thats what I ment when I said "...neither does flashlight cuz you dont ":flash" them anymore you can just keep them on all the time" but I see how that point was missed

I am one of the only people I come across that actually has a printer and its strange that not many here have one I guess this is just about designing things not actually printing them or something

I do find it strange about the British and American English I have family from London and when they come we always argue about what things are called its funny, but I think the Australian is a little stranger as "Fanny = Pu**y" where as to the rest of the English speaking people a "Fanny = But" its a bit strange to here, I wonder if there is a place that has them all and explains them because its pretty funny - dont even get me started on the Scottish English thats almost unintelligible lol

I will have to go and check out other forums with people with more printers cuz I really just bought this because it was a good deal and I was at the maker fair, I must say I really like it I just wish I had known it was going to be so difficult to create things but really easy to print things that have already been made, I have tried to alter things and its not easy at all most things dont print properly after I change the littlest things

I know more about building the printer than creating things that print out of it, lol
 Topic: custom jeweler?
Re: custom jeweler? [message #109179 is a reply to message #108943 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 16:43 UTC
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Think you should give it a shot and ask the jeweler (sp?), he would be able to give the exact quote.
 Topic: uploading broken?
uploading broken? [message #109182] Thu, 29 January 2015 17:24 UTC
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I can't upload anything, it just times out, doesn't show volume, part, etc.....and its not a matter of just waiting longer.

I tried a simple sphere and even that times out.

anyone else having problems?
Re: uploading broken? [message #109186 is a reply to message #109182 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 18:09 UTC
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Me too. I thought it was my file.
 Topic: Make 3D print smooth
Re: Make 3D print smooth [message #109180 is a reply to message #108733 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 16:46 UTC
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Manually polish it. You know, sand paper and cloth and all that good stuff...
Re: Make 3D print smooth [message #109187 is a reply to message #109180 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 18:13 UTC
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Many complex shapes cannot be hand sanded. Even small gaps are hard to finish cleanly with moto tool...

Anyways sanding should be done after priming.


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Forum: 3D Applications
 Topic: Will the Custom ring app be activated ever again?
Re: Will the Custom ring app be activated ever again? [message #109188 is a reply to message #108024 ] Thu, 29 January 2015 18:15 UTC
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Yeah, it was a really nice tool and I loved using it. I used it so often that I always found some small bugs, so I was glad when they were repairing it. I wonder why it's taking so long or if they decided to just ditch it.

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