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 Topic: Was anyone else interviewed by Amazon?
Re: Was anyone else interviewed by Amazon? [message #98782 is a reply to message #98777 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 18:41 UTC
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I'm an Amazon merchant so I get mailings from them all the time so I may have missed it, but no nothing yet. Although, I just had a Chinese 3D printing startup contact me yesterday about selling in China and Asia, which I thought was pretty cool if it was real.

Keep in mind that when it comes to online there is a LOT of fakery going on at all times. Whenever I communicate with someone new online the first thing I always ask myself is, is this fake? Every forum post, every email, text message, etcetera. There are currently a lot of people and robots making all manor of fake communications on a grandiose scale online. 50 years from now I feel that this era will be looked back on as the era of online fakery! :D






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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 #98740 is a reply to message #97319 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 07:48 UTC
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HI there to all the participants of this conversation :)

Since I was not familiar with Hasbro brand up until now :) I was wondering if gold jewelry inspired by "My little pony" is something they would even consider?
I guess this question is referred to Savannah mostly.

Thank you for your help. I am newcomer on Shapeways and will be really glad to get some general feedback on my shop :)

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/janecreating

Thank you guys


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Re: If you don't read the blog, maybe this is interesting... [message #98784 is a reply to message #98740 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 19:06 UTC
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Hi Janecreating! Welcome to the Shapeways forum! :D I took a look at your shop and I like what you've done so far. Very creative and classy.

I'm sure Sav will respond with something if she sees this, but basically as I'm learning about it too, it's anything that is not offensive is being allowed. You can see what people are creating and submitting here.

Yeah, I am most definitely going to create a number of jewelry pieces for most of the allowed brands. For now though, I've just been working on the cartoon aspect of the My Little Pony brand.






It always was. It always was because somethingness cannot spawn from nothingness. And in the was of the past there is the forever of the now. Only now. Only now and nothing new, for anything new would add to the infinite, yet there can only be one infinite. Only one. The universe is only becoming something new in the delusion of our minds. This delusion that makes life worth living in our perceived universe becoming.
 Topic: Cool stuff!
Re: Cool stuff! [message #98734 is a reply to message #74549 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 06:27 UTC
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I hope my article helped you and I need to link from you and you are welcome to cooperate with me. thank you very much.

[Updated on: Wed, 17 September 2014 06:28 UTC]

Re: Cool stuff! [message #98785 is a reply to message #98734 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 19:17 UTC
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I don't understand your post Davidjones. What article were you referring too? :)






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 Topic: Viable Income
Re: Viable Income [message #98749 is a reply to message #98640 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 11:00 UTC
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I signed in on Etsy yesterday.. Jeah!
One thing I noticed imediately is that they have an automated statistic programm.
This is very handy because you can see very easy which products are seen by potential buyers.
Wich shapeways I think this is much more difficult because of the google analytics.. I still haven't figured out how that works for me..


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Re: Viable Income [message #98778 is a reply to message #98749 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 17:33 UTC
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Stupid question, how do you sell the 3d printed items on etsy when they are printed through shapeways? Order from shapeways then sell them on etsy? Or can etsy actually integrate with shapeways through API or something?


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Re: Viable Income [message #98779 is a reply to message #98778 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 17:44 UTC
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Already answered many times. Etsy it is a normal type of "shops" site aggregate , you buy from Shapeways and resell the physical product ... that means you lose in process some markup or you can`t make any profit.

Shipping from my country to US it is 70$ on one package ... just like an example.


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Re: Viable Income [message #98780 is a reply to message #98778 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 18:12 UTC
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It would be nice if the were some type of integration, but there is nothing like that at this time. For my jewelry, what I do is simply tell people that they need to wait 15 business days before I can ship it. When I get it from Shapeways I do whatever additional process that needs to be done such as patinating, polishing, enhancing details by hand carving, etcetera and then I ship it out with my own packaging and labeling.

Of course one can order ahead of time so that customers don't need to wait so long, and that's what I'll be doing next. There are several designers that I know of that are selling on Etsy and using Shapeways to do the bulk of the manufacturing.

Another way of doing it for products that Shapeways can produce without doing any modifications is to drop ship directly from Shapeways. So, in this case when one gets an order from Etsy or elsewhere and orders from Shapeways one can enter the customers address into the Shapeways order form, that way the order does directly to the customer. The drawbacks are one has to use Shapeways packaging and labeling and this only works for orders within the same country since the person making the purchase needs to be in the same country as the ship to address.






It always was. It always was because somethingness cannot spawn from nothingness. And in the was of the past there is the forever of the now. Only now. Only now and nothing new, for anything new would add to the infinite, yet there can only be one infinite. Only one. The universe is only becoming something new in the delusion of our minds. This delusion that makes life worth living in our perceived universe becoming.
Re: Viable Income [message #98781 is a reply to message #98780 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 18:20 UTC
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Yeah, the majority of orders come from the US. That's the main reason Shapeways opened a branch in the US so as to save on shipping related costs. If you are outside of the US like Numarul7 it doesn't work very well if at all when dealing with precious metals and import export charges.






It always was. It always was because somethingness cannot spawn from nothingness. And in the was of the past there is the forever of the now. Only now. Only now and nothing new, for anything new would add to the infinite, yet there can only be one infinite. Only one. The universe is only becoming something new in the delusion of our minds. This delusion that makes life worth living in our perceived universe becoming.
Re: Viable Income [message #98787 is a reply to message #98781 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 19:40 UTC
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UniverseBecoming wrote on Wed, 17 September 2014 18:20

Yeah, the majority of orders come from the US. That's the main reason Shapeways opened a branch in the US so as to save on shipping related costs. If you are outside of the US like Numarul7 it doesn't work very well if at all when dealing with precious metals and import export charges.


Oh yes, you reminded me of drop shipping. but I guess I can only sell to customers within Canada since I am from Canada. And the price is not that attractive when they need to pay $11.50 on every item they purchase unless its of the same bundle. I personally can't justify paying that much for an item that's $5.00 for example unless I buy a couple of items to bundle up into one shipment.


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 Topic: My new espresso cup :)
Re: My new espresso cup :) [message #98738 is a reply to message #98683 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 07:10 UTC
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Hi once again I will be grateful for any feedback.


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Re: My new espresso cup :) [message #98751 is a reply to message #98683 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 12:06 UTC
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Very nice cup! I love to hold a cup of hot coffee the way one has to do with yours!


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 Topic: Solstice Candle Holder
Re: Solstice Candle Holder [message #98753 is a reply to message #98718 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 12:10 UTC
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I agree with @Youknowwho4eva! BTW, I want to design some candle holders, but I'm afraid of making them too tight or too loose. How much tolerance have you designed it with?


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Re: Solstice Candle Holder [message #98769 is a reply to message #98753 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 14:40 UTC
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Thank you!

The interior diameter of the part that holds the candle is approx 22mm. It is a good fit for my candles but candles vary a bit in diameter. I prototyped the holder first in WSF and based on that had to make the holder part larger than I originally created,

The other thing to consider is how deep the holder is. This one is 14mm. I removed one of my candle holders from sale because the holder part was not deep enough. I use them all the time at home with "Stick-Um Candle Adhesive" but felt the fit was too wobbly to actually sell the candle holder. I keep thinking I will update the model but have a long list of other items I want to make too!
 Topic: The sum of all the choices you ever made
Re: The sum of all the choices you ever made [message #98747 is a reply to message #98717 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 09:48 UTC
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seriaforma wrote on Tue, 16 September 2014 19:44

Beautiful!
And your photography is beautiful, too.
How do you take such great pictures of silver?


Thanks :-) I use a small table size light tent (white)... think it is 50x50x50 cm and then 2 light sources from outside the tent (3 would be preferable). I use e 40mm micro lens (larger would have been preferable to minimize the blurring and have a larger focus depth... but 40mm micro lens is what I have). This way I get an even light spread. Then for silver I use a black sheet of cardboard which I move around inside the tent to create the black reflections. Finally I use Photoshop to remove small scratches that are amplified with this micro lens and also adjust the color and contrast.

I'm not a photographer... so I experiment a little around :-)

Mike


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Re: The sum of all the choices you ever made [message #98770 is a reply to message #98747 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 14:45 UTC
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Thanks for the information.
I have a very hard time photographing silver so I'll keep playing with it and try out your techniques!
Re: The sum of all the choices you ever made [message #98783 is a reply to message #98770 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 19:01 UTC
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seriaforma wrote on Wed, 17 September 2014 14:45

Thanks for the information.
I have a very hard time photographing silver so I'll keep playing with it and try out your techniques!


I use a light tent of the brand Lasolite:
http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equipment/reviews/home-stud io/127425/1/lastolite-cubelite-light-tent.html

Like most of light tents it has 5 sides and one open side. The open side I place downwards the table top so I can use the table top as the baskground for my shooting. The light tent then has two zipper openings for the camera and for letting additional light inside. The tent functions as a light dome which reflects white neutral color and doesn't reflect direct light sources... the light sources you place outside the tent will be converted to diffuse lightsources inside the tent. By adding a black or any color sheet inside the tent you can control the reflections of your silver jewelry :-)

I use two light sources like these:
http://www.fotoringen.dk/i427870-6.aspx/122-22/_Kontinuerlig t_lys/Mini_fotolampe_ink._Stativ_25-50_cm_

They both only equal 125W each... and the best result would be to have 2 of each 500 Watt. So to compensate for this I need to change exposure and lighten the photo in Photoshop afterwards.

If you have a 'live view' on your camera (placed on a tripod) you can immediately see the effect of the color sheet you move around inside the tent. But keep in mind that even the best professional photographers use a lot of Photoshop work afterwards... and this is what give the photos the final touch :-)

Hope it helps you :-) Mike


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 Topic: Fantasy Skeletons
Re: Fantasy Skeletons [message #98788 is a reply to message #98626 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 19:49 UTC
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freakishly beautiful, i prefer the fairy!, the Imp's face is creepy


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 Topic: Yet another FCP shipment
Re: Yet another FCP shipment [message #98789 is a reply to message #98222 ] Wed, 17 September 2014 19:52 UTC
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Here is a comparison of BMOs in FCS and FCP after lightly scrubbing the FCP version under water with a soft toothbrush. The cleaning helped a lot but it also may have taken a bit of color off the smallest button next to the top slot on the front. You can also see a slight gap at the bottom of the display screen that does not show up in FCS. It is an actual micro-gap in the design file so be careful to have nice solid models!

FCS left and FCP on the right, no flash
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FCS left and FCP on the right, with flash
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Obviously flash photography is a bad idea for FCP unless it is coated with something that takes away the sparklies.

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