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 Topic: Specifying markup directly no longer possible
Specifying markup directly no longer possible [message #94702] Fri, 25 July 2014 05:35 UTC
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I just noticed how the markup input changed on the model edit page. Now, we have to specify the total price instead of the markup, and the markup is calculated auto.

I liked the previous input method better, where I had to specify the markup in an input field and the total price was calculated. Could this be brought back, or the current one changed so either the total price or the markup can be specified?

PS: Also, in case Shapeways decreases price due to advancing tech, Shapeways could easily recalculate the price based on the markup.

[Updated on: Fri, 25 July 2014 05:41 UTC]

 Topic: Label ceramics as "not frost-safe" on materials page
Label ceramics as "not frost-safe" on materials page [message #93945] Mon, 14 July 2014 22:33 UTC
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as per this posting by bluelinegecko.
 Topic: Add this 3D software to the 3D software list
Add this 3D software to the 3D software list [message #93682] Thu, 10 July 2014 04:13 UTC
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MeshMixer -> Good for beginners made by a freelancer , now owned by Autodesk and it is FREE

I personally use Blender 3D , but I think MeshMixer it is good for all ages , being a sculpting and combining software.

It is like Sculptris with steroids! :)

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 Topic: Cloisonné enamel for metallic objects
Cloisonné enamel for metallic objects [message #93147] Tue, 01 July 2014 17:19 UTC
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It's an article that appeared on Blendernation that gave me the idea... A blender user designed medals in 3D. But my guess is that they where handpainted after. ce-commanders-coin-using-open-source-software/

But it got me thinking there might be a way to add color to medals or jewels printed by shapeways using the cloisonné enamel method described in this wikipedia entry :

Basically, colored glass powder is put where you wish to add color and then put in a oven where the powder fuse into a smooth glass panel.

Some cloisonné jewels are quite remarkable when it comes to vividness of colour.

So... Just putting the idea here in case someone @Shapeways find it to be feasible with their current hardware.
 Topic: Affiliate Marketing Program for Shapeways
Affiliate Marketing Program for Shapeways [message #93041] Mon, 30 June 2014 15:17 UTC
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I am thinking about going to Affiliate Summit in New York City this August. I am interest in learning how affiliate marketing can help promote my Shapeways shop. Does anyone know if Shapeways is working on a affiliate marketing program?
 Topic: search options need to be more flexible
search options need to be more flexible [message #92712] Wed, 25 June 2014 14:16 UTC
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Need to be able to search using multiple levels of categories I.e. models, trains, n scale, mow. Within lowest level of category, need to sort by newly added items or oldest items first.

If cannot add categories then at least add sorting for newest or oldest items first.
 Topic: 2D-3D stud earrings app
2D-3D stud earrings app [message #92002] Mon, 16 June 2014 13:52 UTC
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I think it would be cool and (supposedly) not very difficult, to create an app that allows people to design 2D models and put them in 3D, like the one Shapeways already has, with the addition of an option to insert the 'stick' for stud earrings or even the piece used for handcuffs. I think the idea could become really popular and at least I would like to use it :) (I know it's not difficult to do it myself in 3D but sometimes sizes drive me crazy XD).
 Topic: Material suggestion
Material suggestion [message #91597] Mon, 09 June 2014 12:09 UTC
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Is there a specific reason COPPER isn't an available Shapeways material? I think it's more attractive than brass, and not as easily tarnished.
 Topic: Make the Search button for Forums more obvious.
Make the Search button for Forums more obvious. [message #91204] Wed, 04 June 2014 13:37 UTC
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This is a relatively minor suggestion. It would be handy if the Shapeways Search box, which leads to shopping options, were 'disappeared' from the Forums pages. The much smaller Forums search feature on the right disappears by comparison, leaving users [or me at least] to rummage through years of forum postings of distinctly varying relevance, before we eventually find it.
 Topic: Make changes in design guidelines obvious.
Make changes in design guidelines obvious. [message #91202] Wed, 04 June 2014 13:34 UTC
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I have previously fallen foul of changes in design guidelines for strong and flexible plastic. [For the later instance, see the posting " Step line in large models."]

This earlier instance involves small dyed prints. I acknowledge that the models involved, again human/ devil figures, are not too easy to get powder out of. Nevertheless, my experience has been that a couple of months ago some [not all] could be dyed successfully, while some could not. I was contacted about the powder problem with these prints, cancelled those that could not be dyed, improved the model's escape holes, and re-submitted the adjusted model. This time, the prints were simply cancelled by Shapeways. And then I noticed another passage in the design rules, which, again, I think includes recent editing to emphasize difficulties with dyeing:

In products contain hollow cavities, they are often filled with powder even after they are removed from the build tray. If escape holes are not large enough, or the geometry of the product makes it difficult to shake or blast the powder out, we cannot successfully clean it. This is especially important for our water-based dyeing process as models cannot be successfully dyed if they cannot be successfully cleaned inside and out. To ensure a successful, cleanable product, make sure to include sufficiently large escape holes for each hollow cavity in your product. Multiple escape holes are recommended for large hollow parts. A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape; so, multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity are recommended. If your escape holes are insufficient, try enlarging them, adding more, or filling in the hollow space.

So, I am left to infer that things once possible are now deemed not possible, with the rules adjusted to reflect this.

Now I can appreciate that Shapeways is turning out prints at high volume, and that its economics therefore require that not too much time be spent on fiddling with any one print. I can appreciate that production problems will emerge as the sorts of models ordered evolve – more people will try large prints as they become familiar with the process, more people will want relatively complex dyed prints, and so on.

So if Shapeways encounters production limitations of this sort, and chooses not to solve them (I hope, not to solve them immediately), you might at least give people clear warning that the rules – the 'fine print' – has changed.

Not in some general statement, not buried in months of forum postings, but in a prominent button labelled 'CHECK HERE FOR RECENT CHANGES IN DESIGN RULES' which goes to a full, dated, list of the changes. I think this will make life easier, or at least lessen customer irritation.
 Topic: Ceramic post support during firing
Ceramic post support during firing [message #88469] Fri, 25 April 2014 04:57 UTC
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I was wondering if it would be possible to optionally support a ceramic during firing in the kiln with some kind of ceramic support post or rod. This would allow top heavy designs or designs with relatively narrow bases to be be fired without falling over in the kiln. It would also allow complex designs to be properly glazed on the bottom surfaces except for where the post support hole is located. (The support hole could always be plugged or filled later.) You might need to establish some standards such as specific support hole diameters and depths, support post height options, and a maximum value for the height of the ceramic design when placed on the support posts.

For example, here's a design of a small cup shown cut in half. You would want the top edge to be glazed so you can drink out of it but obviously it would want to fall over without a supporting post stuck in the bottom cavity at the narrow end.


 Topic: loads of favorites...
loads of favorites... [message #87701] Fri, 11 April 2014 12:26 UTC
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Hello Shapeways,

I'm suffering from a variant of GAS (*): there's so much good stuff on Shapeways, that my Favorites is becoming unmanageable.

How about introducing a tag concept so that I can bring some order in this madness? Currently, 'Favorites' and 'Wishlist' could become two such tags.

But I would also like to order my favorites by (just an example) color, type, material, price category and general category (and other criteria), or for example by 'order now','order next week', 'great', ...



* Gear Acquisition Syndrome

edit added: especially when one sees that models get tagged a volonté - but by the designers.
(sorry, wasn't aware of the Suggestions forum - thx)

[Updated on: Fri, 11 April 2014 19:20 UTC]

 Topic: Material Status page updates
Material Status page updates [message #87014] Mon, 31 March 2014 20:08 UTC
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I think it would be nice if the material status page was updated more regularly, and/or contained a notice when to expect the next update.
Case in point - is Ceramics still delayed (indefinitely?) by unspecified machine issues two weeks after the notice was posted ?
 Topic: "Musical Instruments" category for shop?
"Musical Instruments" category for shop? [message #86483] Thu, 20 March 2014 19:40 UTC
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Hi there,

I have just posted a penny whistle for sale on Shapeways.

Is there any chance you could add a "Musical Instruments" category, for models like this. There are a few musical instruments on Shapeways now, it'd be a good category to have.

All the best

Donald Lindsay
 Topic: The future?
The future? [message #86229] Fri, 14 March 2014 18:26 UTC
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Have a watch,

Stratasys' multimaterial technology has been around for a looong time now.
Can this 3DP technology be incorporated into Shapeways list of materials?
If so, you know that the 1 million triangle limit needs to increase 2, 3 or even 5 fold to make this possible.

Will this be in Shapeways future?


 Topic: Urgent to can delete the 3d public view
Urgent to can delete the 3d public view [message #86126] Wed, 12 March 2014 12:14 UTC
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3d rotating public view is working wrong in some full color models.

It's necessary to can delete this wrong view from the list of photos in the model page.

I'm reporting this bug in the appropiate section of the forum 25#msg_86125

and finally Mitchell Jetten admits this is running odd.

Best thing is that this runs ok in the end, but if we can delete it, then we can choose.


 Topic: Primered/Sealed WSF
Primered/Sealed WSF [message #85702] Sun, 02 March 2014 19:10 UTC
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We know that WSF's porous nature makes it a little finicky when it comes to painting your models. Primer coats are a must, and many shapers have also suggested applying a sealant, such as floor wax to make the outside watertight.

So I'm wondering, would it be reasonable for shapeways to offer primered or sealed WSF models so that painters can skip that step? I feel like Shapeways' factory of the future should have access to more advanced materials and techniques than a lone hobbyist such as myself would, or at least be able to provide the outer coating at a cheaper rate due to economies of scale.
 Topic: Website suggestions
Website suggestions [message #85646] Sat, 01 March 2014 09:19 UTC
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Over the last couple of months I have twice placed an order, cancelled it, then placed (and went through with) another one. There are a couple of things that I found very irritating:
- there is no way to suppress the "not for sale" entries. Wading through 30 or 60 pages of stuff and having half of them not for sale is frustrating. Even just being able to sort them to the end of the list would be an improvement.
- the "store credit available" field in the ordering dialog is very small and easy to miss - I certainly did the first time round, and effectively ended up paying twice after cancelling my first order. I eventually used this credit for my second order, so no harm done in the end. Making it much more visible, or a popup asking whether to use it or even always using it by default would be a great help.
 Topic: All Section on Shops
All Section on Shops [message #85323] Mon, 24 February 2014 00:00 UTC
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Let us hide it if we don't want it. Since you have to make everything public in order to do some types of code the all section is a cluttered mess. Either that or bring back the ability to choose material at checkout so we can use the app that is in the lab for those of us with multiple sizes of models.
 Topic: Can we move the delete away from the reply in private messaging ?
Can we move the delete away from the reply in private messaging ? [message #84934] Sat, 15 February 2014 12:06 UTC
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Several times now I have clicked delete accidental when I meant to reply to a private message - can we change it so they are not right next to each other so stupid old fools like me don't delete things they don't want to !

Alternatively ask for confirmation

 Topic: I understand that Shapeways may print my print parts from the same order at different times but...
I understand that Shapeways may print my print parts from the same order at different times but... [message #84758] Tue, 11 February 2014 20:22 UTC
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Junior Member there a reason why they can't do the printability check (processing) for "all" the parts in an order at the "before" submitting any for production? The parts I have uploaded to date are just individual components that will go together to form a larger model. In some cases these components are themselves split into two or more parts to aid in construction, save on material and reduce weight, variously. My orders will generally include a full set of such parts to support the completion of a larger model. However, Shapeways' approach has been to review, process and send to production the parts individually or in small groups. This has meant that some parts go forward into production while others are rejected. Not a major issue if the rejected parts are easy and quick to fix but it becomes a real problem if there are repeated failures since having only half the parts is pointless if I need all to create the model. If the processing were complete on "all" of the parts "before" any were submitted for production and a report on printability provided to the customer that would give us the chance to determine whether it was worth printing any at all at that time. For me this would reduce the risk of ending up with only a few of the pieces I need and avoid the hassle of repeated refunds and re-orders. Indeed, I would have thought the latter might prove just as helpful to Shapeways?

The only alternative to the above is that I effectively upload all of my parts as one, with the parts connected to each other by a 'sprue' in the same way that traditional injection molded kits are usually presented. This would upload as a single file and would be reviewed/approved/rejected as such. Although this would reduce the risk of having half a kit produced it still seems a rather cumbersome approach. Even if the sprue meets the overall size requirements of Shapeways the shape and layout might surely reduce Shapeways' options to economise by combining parts from different orders and that's before considering the waste of plastic to create the sprue. Just a thought ;)
 Topic: Chrome, Nickle plating with the brass option?
Chrome, Nickle plating with the brass option? [message #83660] Wed, 22 January 2014 23:17 UTC
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I like the prices of gold plated brass, but there should be chrome, nickle and silver plated for people who want that color and don't want to jump up in price to solid silver investment casting. I am really surprised the variety in plating is not an option yet.
 Topic: Сooperation
Сooperation [message #83625] Wed, 22 January 2014 14:41 UTC
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Good day Dear Colleagues, My name is Ilya Alekseev.
I'm from Moscow, Russia.
I am an aspiring entrepreneur. Many times I came to your site and in store, I loved your products and how you make them. Unfortunately in Russia, these technologies are not a level and few who do it. System of production and sale of these products have a very The interested. In Russia, too, has a 3d printer but not such a level as you.
I would suggest you to open a branch of your production in Russia. American technology in great demand in Moscow and in Russia as a whole. The price of goods from the United States is much higher in Russia.Therefore, the company opened in Moscow We can save a lot of money on transportation and customs duty. Especially in Russia this kind of production is only beginning to develop, thus we can win the market not only in Moscow and Russia, but also the nearest CIS markets.
I ask you to consider this proposal. For all questions you can write me an email
You make the future, so why not make it international?

Regards to you and your work
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 Topic: Feat request: Shopify app, Like the guys at theprintfull did
Feat request: Shopify app, Like the guys at theprintfull did [message #83496] Mon, 20 January 2014 14:53 UTC
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The printfull is an online priting service for posters, shirts canvases and other...

they have made an app to connect their servide to shopify, an e-commerce platform which lets you sell stuff online with your own domain...

please make something like this for shapeways....

I dont like having to ship with a shapeways box.. and also i dont like people buying from shapeways instead of from my web....

 Topic: Make Private Messaging easier to find
Make Private Messaging easier to find [message #83482] Mon, 20 January 2014 11:13 UTC
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Private messaging is totally hidden.
At least it should appear in the dropdown menu of forums.
It took me a bunch of minutes to find it again although I used it several times.
My workaround usually was searching for an email that had a link to a message
Anyways. Now that I know where it is I wont forget ever I hope.
But you should make it easier to access for other users.
 Topic: Shapeways Points?
Shapeways Points? [message #83265] Thu, 16 January 2014 02:07 UTC
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Not sure if this has come up yet, but why not offer point accrual for orders? These points could then be used later for store credit and such? There are several websites that I choose to shop at simply because they offer a bonus system such as this (, I love it; it keeps me coming back and makes me feel appreciated. :) Just a thought.
 Topic: Shipping options to Canada
Shipping options to Canada [message #82813] Wed, 08 January 2014 19:32 UTC
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Thanks ever so much for giving us USPS service to Canada!! We are no longer restricted to UPS's service and their associated brokerage fees. Praise be to the deity of your choosing!

Having said that, would it be possible to have UPS continue to be an option? USPS/Canada Post is considerably slower and it would be nice, when necessary, to expedite delivery in spite of the additional fees. Alternately, perhaps varying levels of USPS service with shipping fees varying accordingly?

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 Topic: Private messaging autoresponder
Private messaging autoresponder [message #82757] Wed, 08 January 2014 08:24 UTC
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Hi guys,

I'm getting quite a few requests for quotes through the private messaging here at the forum... which is great.

But I find the messaging system isn't really a nice way for me to keep track of all this back and forth... mail is much nicer.

So... what I'd love to see is an autoresponder to private messages... So I can tell people to mail me direct in stead of here.. And I can direct them to a page explaining a bit about what I can offer as well

 Topic: Share customer contact data for Co-Creator
Share customer contact data for Co-Creator [message #82688] Tue, 07 January 2014 12:46 UTC
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Co-Creator modifications can get more complex than replacing a piece of text for a phone cover.
For easier coordination it would be great being able to contact the customers directly.
Concerning privacy issues: Make a checkbox where they can select if they want to share their
contact details with the designer or not.
 Topic: File Uploads for Co-Creator
File Uploads for Co-Creator [message #82687] Tue, 07 January 2014 12:38 UTC
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It would be great to have an option for customers to upload files that can be used for the customization process.
 Topic: Make easy access for Forum
Make easy access for Forum [message #81245] Fri, 13 December 2013 20:18 UTC
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I myself found it strange not to have a Forum just one click away, clearly mentioned on top of the page, next to "Blog" link, for instance.
Once logged, one needs to first click on Make+Sell to be able to choose the forum link.
I've also read a post where someone only discovered the forum quite a long time after being on shapeways...
Best regards
 Topic: Forum: sort topics by date created
Forum: sort topics by date created [message #81112] Thu, 12 December 2013 09:18 UTC
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I would like to be able to sort the topics by the date/time they were created.

The default sorting by last reply is fine, but when I want to see what's new in "it arrived" for instance it gets very messy because everytime someone says "me too!" it gets put at the top. I used to use the email notifications for this but they have been stopped.

Is there maybe a secret query string code I can use, like /forum/index.php?t=thread&frm_id=83&li=nav&sort=xxx or something?
 Topic: Manage Inventory suggestion(s)
Manage Inventory suggestion(s) [message #80128] Thu, 28 November 2013 20:30 UTC
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It would be helpful to add a sorting category to the Manage Inventory page, one that allows you to sort models by given "display order". Otherwise you need to jump around between all the pages to see what order things are in or you need to look at the shop page in default mode to get a rough idea of how things are ordered.

Some other issues I've learned with regards to the use of the inventory page (after banging my head against the wall) that may affect the implementation of the above suggestion:

1) You can't change the display order of a model if it is not displayed and not for sale, but you can change the order if it is only for sale even if it is not displayed.

2) If you have given a model a display order number while it was for sale, but then remove it from sale, it will retain the display order number even though it is not utilized. If you then display it it can have the same order number as an item that is for sale and the display order in the store under default view gets all messed up.

I think it would also be great if you could set a display order for any item, whether for sale or not. Also the mange inventory software should preclude two items ever having the same display order number.
 Topic: Specified gifts instead of gift cards
Specified gifts instead of gift cards [message #79437] Wed, 20 November 2013 21:32 UTC
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It's too late for this season of gift giving, but...

Instead of purchasing a denominational value gift card, might it be possible to implement item-specific, or maybe even shop-specific, gifts? This is less impersonal than the regular gift card, in my opinion.

The way it might work is to pre-purchase the item with an email generated for the intended recipient. The recipient then has the option to complete the purchase, at which time produciton begins as usual. If the recipient declines, the payment is refunded along the same lines as a cancelled order. Worst case scenario shipping costs could be included when buying the gift card, with any excess refunded to the purchasing account at time of shipment. (What's the shipping cost to McMurdo Base these days? lol ) Perhaps there could be an option for the recipient to upgrade to a different material (as available for the ordered item, of course), provided they kicked in the cost difference?

This might also help to get around limitations on having to have the billing and shipping addresses in the same country. (Depending on the legalities and/or corporate policies causing the current limitation, of course.)

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 Topic: More Extended Descriptions
More Extended Descriptions [message #77816] Wed, 30 October 2013 02:57 UTC
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It would be nice to have separate extended descriptions for shop sections. They could be added to the general extended description for the entire store when viewing a shop section or simply replace the general extended description.

The idea behind this would be to clarify the offerings in a shop section. For example you might want a short description saying something like "These widgets are available in all combinations of size(x,y,z), interior (hollow, solid), and shape (square, round)." or "All parts in this shop section are designed in the HO scale for your railroad layout." etc.

 Topic: Personalized Default settings when uploading objects
Personalized Default settings when uploading objects [message #76918] Thu, 17 October 2013 10:02 UTC
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Who would like to be able to personalize their default upload settings?[ 3 vote(s) ]
1.Being able to customize my import options sounds great! 2 / 67%
2.Who cares. It's fine as it is. 1 / 33%

I would very much like it if I could set a variety of parameters for uploading an object just once, and then every object I import after that would default to those settings.
It's not that big a deal, but having to go and click 11 various radio buttons every time I bring in a new objects gets old and annoying, and stifles creativity.
- I want to upload all my objects in the Meters scale.
- So far I dont really ever want the ceramic materials, nor the sandstones, turn them off by default and I'll activate them in the rare cases.
- I would love it to auto price for me!
just adding X that I set to the price would be cool.
better for me, as I am a fan of whole numbers, would be if I could set up a list like
$1 - $5 = $7
$5 - $10 = $15
$10 - $20 = $25
$20 - $30 = $35
$30 - $40 = $50
$40 - $66 = $70
- Default Categories would be nice
- Being able to save various groups of tags which I could click 1 button and instantly add a bunch of metatags that are always gonna be grouped would be great!

Hook us up, please!

[Updated on: Thu, 17 October 2013 10:04 UTC]

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 Topic: Direct Markups to Recognized Charities?
Direct Markups to Recognized Charities? [message #76266] Sun, 06 October 2013 22:24 UTC
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It might be neat if I could set up certain listings to direct markup fees to officially recognized charities. Maybe through something like Paypal's MissionFish?

Not only would this be good for the charity, but it might encourage purchases.

Sometimes my customers have passed on items because the prices are too high even when I sell something without a markup.

However, if the customer considered the purchase as a donation, they might be willing to splurge a little more.

I'd want to be able to pick from charities, of course. Things get so political these days.
 Topic: Please add a purchase order field to the payment section of checkout, invoices and packing
Please add a purchase order field to the payment section of checkout, invoices and packing [message #76101] Fri, 04 October 2013 14:47 UTC
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Many businesses keep track of purchases with an internal tracking system that issues purchase order numbers. These numbers are commonly supplied to vendors to be included on invoices and packing slips to aid receiving and accounts payable departments with cross referencing vendor order numbers to the internal accounting process. I can't think of a single major vendor that I deal with that doesn't supply a field of this type in some section of their checkout process. You can see what I mean at,

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 Topic: Categorize "3d modeller needed"- section
Categorize "3d modeller needed"- section [message #73508] Thu, 22 August 2013 19:19 UTC
avatar cadpro  is currently offline cadpro
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Could you pelase categorize this section in:

technical designer/modeller :

-> nurbs, bezier- ,modelling with f.e. alias, solidworks, catia, icem surf


character designer/modeller :

-> polygonmodelling with f.e. 3ds max, blender

it would be much easier and faster for everyone to check the topic he is interested in.

kind regards,

 Topic: Adding a mechanism to sell complete model design pages
Adding a mechanism to sell complete model design pages [message #72933] Sun, 11 August 2013 19:27 UTC
avatar MrNib  is currently offline MrNib
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I'm not sure how modelers sell their services to people wanting to purchase custom models but I imagine it's mostly done outside of Shapeways. How about having a designer be able to "sell" a complete model page, including the design file, descriptions, pricing, and photos to someone else and within the Shapeways framework? Such a mechanism might also let designers bid on a custom project requested by someone else.

A potential pitfall I see is what happens if a design ends up not being manufacturable, or if Shapeways decides down the line that a model can no longer be manufactured. But if the item has been fabricated a posted photo of the item in their model file could be proof of manufacturability. Or Shapeways could include a process approved list for the design based on their design rule checking in advance of manufacture and model sale. Shapeways could also delay transfer of proceeds of the model sale until an item is successfully fabricated. There are probably several ways around such a problem. I'm envisioning this more as a one time sale and complete transfer of the model and associated information from one user to another.

Here are some situations in which such a mechanism might be useful;:

1) A store owner decides to move on and no longer sell items through their store. Or they have left this earthly realm and passed on to a higher plane of existence. This would be a way to liquidate designs and transfer value and future royalty payments to another user. In this case providing a sales history of the item would also be nice to help establish value.

2) It provides a mechanism for a customer to solicit work from various designers via a bidding process and purchase one or more designs that they like. Any design service fees, etc. could be included in the model sale price.

3) It provides a mechanism for one person to transfer a design to someone else in a trade or as a goodwill gesture, or to fix an error in or update a previously sold design.

4) It allows a user with multiple accounts to transfer items between stores either to consolidate items into one store or to open specialty stores without losing model page information.

5) It allows for the development of "club" groups where people with shared interests could consolidate and share designs to further their hobby. Actually in this case you may also not want to transfer the model, but you might want to share the display of your model in the club group. The original designer would still retain full control over their model page but it could be displayed in different user club accounts.

I suppose Shapeways could charge a small percentage or a flat fee for such sales or transfers. And if Shapeways likes these ideas they can always send me a substantial store credit!

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