|Forum: 3D Applications|
| Topic: Measurement issue|
|Forum: 3D Design|
| Topic: mesh quality requirements|
|Forum: Shapeways Shops|
| Topic: Marketing your Shapeways Shop|
|Re: Marketing your Shapeways Shop [message #101525 is a reply to message #101515 ] Tue, 21 October 2014 01:05 UTC
Well, your photos are great so no issue there. Seems like the only thing you need to do is get eyes looking at those nice photos. Have you put any on Instagram (with useful hashtags - like biology, 19th century, Victorian, plants, naturalist etc)? Another avenue would be local science/natural history museums. I'm in the process of getting some of my stuff in the museum shop where I am.
Basically since your creations would appeal to a niche audience - which is a great audience to have - you need to go to where you think they would be. Where do biologists and scientific history buffs hang out?The first thing I thought of when I saw your work was "I bet people who like the Patrick O'Brian Jack Aubrey/stephen maturin books would like this kind of jewelry." Find out where those people are.
Since you are on etsy, make a discount code and share a picture of your stuff on a relevant subreddit on Reddit or even the etsy subreddit.
Honestly, it's a job with very little initial return at first. All the social media stuff that needs to be done is seriously exhausting. For the amount of work that I put in on marketing the return right now is only just starting to trickle in. But if you keep at it and actually sort of enjoy everything that comes with it, I think results will happen. Don't forget, Shapeways is big, but A LOT of people still don't know anything about it or even what 3D printing is. It takes time, dedication, and luck.
Joy Complex and 3D Racetracks
[Updated on: Tue, 21 October 2014 01:15 UTC]
|Re: Marketing your Shapeways Shop [message #101529 is a reply to message #101525 ] Tue, 21 October 2014 05:48 UTC
Thanks so much for your input! I'm starting to realize that I'm going to be putting as much effort into the social media side of this business as I did on the designs. I've only just recently ventured into Twitter and Pinterest, but it sounds like I need to add some Instagram and Reddit cred to that as well. Whew!
I'm also seriously thinking about getting into the museum shop niche. There are two museums here where I live that are a perfect fit for my stuff. I'm a little daunted with the pricing, though, since any time you sell in a brick-and-mortar shop, you have to pay commission. I think adding a commission onto my jewelry might make it too expensive. Although, we are talking museum goers here...usually higher earners than your average. How far are you in the process of selling at a museum shop? I would love to hear of your experience and how it goes. I actually saw some 3D-printed jewelry for sale at the Modern Art Museum in Tel Aviv earlier this year. Not sure whose it was, but it looked like the work of NervousSystem. Very nice.
I do need to find my niche. I'm connecting with more science people on Twitter and Facebook, but I think I also need to join some forums where I'm likely to find people interested in scientific history, but who are maybe not yet completely social media savvy.
My Etsy shop isn't online yet but I'm working on it. I'm living in Germany, and the bureaucracy here is CRAZY. Seriously, just an example, I need to estimate how much packaging I think I will use shipping my products so that the government can issue me a license for the end disposal of the packaging. And, of course, the license isn't free! Add to that the fact that about 2/3 of German online shop websites are fined each year for not having the proper text in their "business conditions" and "return policy" sections, or for other stupid reasons, and you realize it's not something you wade into lightly. ARRRGH! Makes you wonder how any business gets done in this country.
I love your dolphin series, and it looks like Lola is enjoying it too! :)
Good luck with your holiday sales,
|Forum: It arrived!|
| Topic: Micro RC Truck (Video)|
| Topic: Future Soldier|
|Future Soldier [message #101533] Tue, 21 October 2014 11:48 UTC
A new breed of soldier for a new breed of war. The Future Soldier was launched in 2020 to deal with close combat inner city warfare once the powers of the world realised that the time of the big bombs were gone and only elite infantry could win wars.|
Check out the 'Future Soldier' Section in our shop:
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|Forum: 3D modelers for hire|
| Topic: Want to know if someone can create a model for an iPhone case based on a photo I took of one I made?|
|Re: Want to know if someone can create a model for an iPhone case based on a photo I took of one I m [message #101531 is a reply to message #101499 ] Tue, 21 October 2014 09:05 UTC
Thank you for you quick response. Your portfolio is very impressive. Before I send you a picture can I get a quote on your services? Also would you be able to send me the file so I can upload it to my shop later once it's finished?
| Topic: FREE 3D modeling. Complex, Organic and accurate free-form surfaces|
| FREE 3D modeling. Complex, Organic and accurate free-form surfaces [message #101534] Tue, 21 October 2014 11:49 UTC
I'm an amateur 3D modeler ready for a career in CAD sculpting and 3d printing.
I am currently offering my services for free in order to gain experience and build a reputation as a 3D print designer.
I specialize in free-form surface modelling with a particular interest in challenging and complex projects.
I'm more inclined towards jewelry, accessories, cases, art and product design projects but I am open to just about anything at
I look forward to helping you realize your ideas.
Some examples of my 3D models and personal projects:
|Forum: Bug Reporting|
| Topic: wrong scale when uploading X3DB files via API|
|Re: wrong scale when uploading X3DB files via API [message #101527 is a reply to message #101522 ] Tue, 21 October 2014 04:50 UTC
As per the original issue, seems like I should be using an uploadScale of 1 - that fixes the problem.|
However, in some cases I get the same results for uploadScale=0.001 and for uploadScale=1.
For example, if I upload the model that I attached earlier from the web UI, I get the exact same results whether I choose millimeters or meters in the upload dialog.
I also have another model that shows this behavior when uploaded with the API (meaning I get the same results when specifying a scale of 1 and when specifying a scale of 0.001)
- Is this intentional?
Regarding the API call that I used, I'm uploading the file as a new model so I don't have a model ID.
Specifically, I'm POSTing the mode data to http://api.shapeways.com/models/v1
| Topic: Mismatching sets making customers furious, plead to ensure new models with sprue is used for reprint|
|Mismatching sets making customers furious, plead to ensure new models with sprue is used for reprint [message #101532] Tue, 21 October 2014 10:36 UTC
In short, please help get the information to the right Shapeways people in time...
I have products which are sets of rings.(https://www.shapeways.com/designer/VR_Gear)
They are attachments for a virtual reality headset and without them render the headset quite unusable for some people - the differences between the models are subtle but are mm important. I had a problem where a bunch were ordered around the same time and (I'm assuming) got mixed up during polishing. In short it was a total mess up, everyone receiving the wrong things and having to have them resent after waiting...
Shortly after I added sprues to the sets, i.e. a little piece of plastic joining the two - to ensure they aren't mixed up.
However, ...these reprints are coming in and they have been mixed up again and customers are furious with Shapeways and I, especially since they have to wait so long each time!
I guess that when a reprint happens, they use the model version the customer originally bought, not the most recent. I need help to get the message to Shapeways that they need to rather use the recent models with the sprues because if it happens a 3rd time, there is going to be breakdowns happening all over the place.
I've of course emailed Shapeways support, had this conversation with about 6 different support staff - I think there must be 30 customers are affected by now which is costing Shapeways a lot, some of which probably just think the product is junk because they trust the sets are correct. I need help escalating this so that this exception to the rule for these specific reprinting are done (i.e. use the updated models instead of the originals for these people).
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
|Re: Mismatching sets making customers furious, plead to ensure new models with sprue is used for rep [message #101535 is a reply to message #101532 ] Tue, 21 October 2014 12:02 UTC
Here's the sequence:|
You upload version 1 of a model and the customer orders it.
You then upload version 2.
The customer will receive version 1, unless they cancel the order.
You can't the change file and the customer receive the changes.
If Shapeways were to switch to Version 2 of the model, there's nothing to stop you from say changing the object from a sphere to a cube, or you could double the size of the model. If they were to do that, Shapeways would be paid only for the smaller model, but it would cost them for the larger model. They can't operate that way.
The customer receives the copy of the file as of the moment of purchase, because that is what they selected, not some later (updated) version, even if you change the model only minutes later.
(by the way.. that also applies to any markups you might select or change - only what is active at the moment of purchase is what they pay)
Patience, Persistance, Politeness - the 3Ps will help us get us to Perfect Printed Products
|Re: Mismatching sets making customers furious, plead to ensure new models with sprue is used for rep [message #101536 is a reply to message #101535 ] Tue, 21 October 2014 12:48 UTC
Hi, yes this is precisely why I am asking here and trying to talk to someone about this who can understand the conundrum and has legitimate power to override the standard procedure in this case temporarily otherwise it will be an endless cycle of fail (already happening over and over) and it is costing Shapeways and everyone involved.|
I..e this is a problem that is rare due to the subtle differences of the models and that are two disconnected pieces.
A fix has been made to assist, if support staff took a moment they would see that it is indeed just a sprue not an entirely new shape.
This is really a question of whether Shapeways can react to this specific problem (only needed for the few orders still coming back now), or if they are going to continue to fail in this regard.
I got this message from a customer, addressed to both Shapeways and myself - this guy has around 10 mismatched sets now.
"I am ready to give up, and share my experience with all of the OculusVR web sites, so I can warn them to NOT waste their time trying to get a usable product from you. Tell me if that is my only option and I will stop begging for the item I paid for weeks ago."
The Oculus community is close knit, they hear about all the news mostly through reddit, they are +50 000 people and many have never heard about Shapeways. So it's not smart to let this bad impression out on all those people if we can just ensure the 10 or so people needing replacements gets sets that aren't mixed up.
So... anyone I can talk to about this who can assess this and make a call?
|Re: Mismatching sets making customers furious, plead to ensure new models with sprue is used for rep [message #101537 is a reply to message #101536 ] Tue, 21 October 2014 12:54 UTC
Or at the very least print it in White Non-Polished so there is less chance of mix up during polishing...|
Really something _anything_ different at this stage is going to help.
(remember I have no handle on which customers are talking to shapeways or not about this and I don't think contacting one support staff gets word out to the others)
[Updated on: Tue, 21 October 2014 12:55 UTC]
|Forum: General Discussion|
| Topic: How to get your product tested and in the picture ?|
| Topic: cgtrader and other sites|