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 Topic: Need help with dimensions
Need help with dimensions [message #136514] Sun, 07 February 2016 00:55 UTC
avatar ShukarParkin  is currently offline ShukarParkin
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Hey everyone

this is my first time using shapeways ever and I would like my object to be 2 inches in height in the real world but im unsure as to how these dimension work
Re: Need help with dimensions [message #136539 is a reply to message #136514 ] Sun, 07 February 2016 18:01 UTC
avatar mkroeker  is currently offline mkroeker
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It would probably help to know which software you are using, but in general it should work if you just treat the unknown units of your software as inches, i.e. model your part as 2 units high. STL is dimensionless anyway, so will get asked to pick the correct unit on upload - if you choose inches there, the correct size should be shown alongside the model preview (though axes may be swapped compared to your software).
Re: Need help with dimensions [message #136550 is a reply to message #136539 ] Sun, 07 February 2016 19:59 UTC
avatar ShukarParkin  is currently offline ShukarParkin
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thank you so much. I was able to figure it out
 Topic: Why no ABS plastic option? Is there another plastic that is paintable?
Re: Why no ABS plastic option? Is there another plastic that is paintable? [message #136558 is a reply to message #136500 ] Sun, 07 February 2016 22:13 UTC
avatar davecancilier  is currently offline davecancilier
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I probably should be more specific. Almost anything can be painted. What I am referring to is plastic where the paint actually bites into the surface and bonds with it. There is nothing that I know of that will *bond* to nylon, it basically just lays on the surface but will peel very easily. That is fine for decorative models that sit on a shelf and don't really see wear. For items such as phone cases, flashlight cases etc. that see wear, any such paint will peel and flake off of nylon easily.
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