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 Topic: Looking for helpful experts willing to help a student
Looking for helpful experts willing to help a student [message #99093] Tue, 23 September 2014 03:04 UTC
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Hey guys! I'm extremely interested in the creativity and community of Shapeways, and because of my intrigue I've decided to choose 3D printing as a specialization I want to become familiar with through a college class about digital literacies. We all know the 21st century is filled with many specializations one can become literate in through internet research, and the 3D printing community seemed like an amazing example of this literacy forming and inviting new people in. If anyone considers themselves some kind of expert in any area of 3D printing, I'd love to hear about the challenges and innovations you are experiencing.
Looking forward to it!
Re: Looking for helpful experts willing to help a student [message #99094 is a reply to message #99093 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 03:05 UTC
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Check this part of forum for students https://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=thread&frm_i d=107&


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 Topic: Traditional jewelry casting vs. Shapeways
Re: Traditional jewelry casting vs. Shapeways [message #99087 is a reply to message #98951 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 00:19 UTC
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Two other issues to consider are the costs of fulfillment and hosting. We(I work here) provide the packing and shipping functions for you. For some of our designers the ability to concentrate on the designs is a nice feature. I understand it eats into your margins but at least for me I'd never have the patience to ship boxes to people. I'd also give us some credit for store presence. Ie your store gets some eyeballs being in our market, we make it searchable, push some pictures to google etc. Ie by listing in our store your getting our infrastructure to sell things and find new customers.

Hopefully that helps in deciding about the tradeoffs involved, and good luck with your business.


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Re: Traditional jewelry casting vs. Shapeways [message #99095 is a reply to message #99087 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 03:44 UTC
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Thanks for your input, Allan. I agree with you that Shapeways provides a lot of services that I don't necessarily want to do, or can't do, on my own and I do appreciate that Shapeways does a great job of promoting and marketing their designers. I am planning on selling on Shapeways, just not exclusively. I'm also planning that a certain part of my business will be at brick&mortar shops in my community for which I will have to pay a commission to have my pieces sold. For this, my product will be branded with my packaging, logo, product info inserts, etc. So add up the cost of the piece, my packaging, the commission I have to pay...and the price adds up pretty fast to something that will make some customers wince a bit. Add to that the fact that Shapeways doesn't provide a complete piece of jewelry (no earring hooks, no chain or band for the necklaces), nor does it hallmark the precious metals, then there are logical reasons (for me) to use Shapeways primarily as a prototyping service, and delegate the production to someone else.

 Topic: What sells the most in your jewelry shop?
Re: What sells the most in your jewelry shop? [message #99089 is a reply to message #99077 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 01:01 UTC
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mkroeker wrote on Mon, 22 September 2014 21:42

leandroarndt wrote on Mon, 22 September 2014 20:56

Since Netherlands is a member state of the HMC, if there is any precious metal printed by Shapeways there, it must have the hallmark.

Where do you get that from ? From the "role and function" page on hallmarkingconvention.org: The marking of articles of precious metals with the CCM is carried out on a voluntary basis; compulsory hallmarking is not required from the Contracting States to the Convention.

The issue is not the CCM, but the laws in NL or the destination country. CCM is some kind of extra or replacement, if applied the product is accepted by those that signed it. And it seems that in UK, which is member of CCM, the law is very strict meaning imports could be hit, but would be OK if properly hallmarked, for example by following CCM. Worse fact is that NL hallmarking law also seems to be strict. Oops, SW can't sell big items in precious metals to Dutchies! There, to the no-shipping corner with the Russians.

Re: What sells the most in your jewelry shop? [message #99090 is a reply to message #99089 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 01:35 UTC
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Read the exceptions "articles from an EU Member State provided with the official legal hallmarks that have been marked by an independent body notified in the country concerned." that means Shapeways does not do casting part in Netherlands but in another country that means it is under this exception.

And this particular exception apply to parts sold on Shapeways
"In accordance with section 11 of the Hallmarking Act the following articles are exempt from hallmarking:
articles which cannot be marked without the risk of damage;
articles of special archaeological or artistic value."

Under artistic value we have lots of products! Miniature sculptures , pendants that are not with stones that can be damaged irreparable and etc.

[Updated on: Tue, 23 September 2014 01:39 UTC]


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Re: What sells the most in your jewelry shop? [message #99091 is a reply to message #99090 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 01:50 UTC
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There is no hallmark, so they don't get covered by the exception saying is OK to sell with hallmarks from other EU country. They would be covered if there was an accepted hallmark to begin with.

And you can claim all you want about no risk but if that would fly, some jewelers would avoid it (and save the fees), wouldn't they? Instead they find a place to apply it.

And if no hallmark is possible at all but they have to warranty the part, they need a certificate instead.
Re: What sells the most in your jewelry shop? [message #99092 is a reply to message #99091 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 01:59 UTC
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Exception means they can`t be hallmarked! Read it again.

Here the UK law http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/images/pdfs/act-legislation. pdf

Law it stricter! It say that "if they are filigree items , lockets .." and others , read the EXCEPTIONS part. Same for NL law read the EXCEPTIONS.

Due the fact that Shapeways has a factory in Netherlands I doubt they don`t obey that law.

And in the end , search a LOCAL LAWYER in your country if you live there ... and ask about trade laws on this and this exceptions more clearly.

"artistic" sound a little general and that means there it is a law book explaining it more.

[Updated on: Tue, 23 September 2014 02:03 UTC]


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Re: What sells the most in your jewelry shop? [message #99096 is a reply to message #99092 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 05:43 UTC
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Some random comments:

Hallmarks have to be stamped, I believe. This process has been going on for centuries (yes, that's hundreds of years), and despite items being made of all imaginable sizes and complexities those old-tech guys always managed to stamp their items. Because they had to. Or they couldn't sell them.

When an item sells from a SW shop, it is not the designer selling the item but SW: so it is they who are responsible for complying with laws, not the designer. (I don't know in the case of a UK purchaser and NL supply if that counts as personal import or simply cross-border trade: I suspect the latter.) Obviously if you buy your own design and re-sell it, you are responsible.

Personally (and in line with some other comments above) I would not buy a non-hallmarked item made of gold or platinum. Without a mark or certificate you have bought a gold or silver coloured metal of no provenance and no resale value except as a design object. I don't think you could even scrap it, so why pay the premium. Maybe a good tag line for an advertising campaign would be "Gold from SW: because nothing says 'I love you' like a gold-coloured object..."

Edit: and still no meaningful comments from SW...

[Updated on: Tue, 23 September 2014 05:44 UTC]

 Topic: Looking for good starter model of Samsung Galaxy S5 for case design
Re: Looking for good starter model of Samsung Galaxy S5 for case design [message #99097 is a reply to message #99062 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 07:08 UTC
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Here's some. I don't know how good they'd be though. :)

https://www.shapeways.com/model/1968551/s5-android-case.html ?li=search-results&materialId=99
https://grabcad.com/library?per_page=20&query=Galaxy+S5
http://www.thingiverse.com/search/page:1?q=Galaxy+S5&sa=






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 Topic: X3D textures
Re: X3D textures [message #99085 is a reply to message #99030 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 00:09 UTC
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We do not support the TextureCoordinateGenerator node. If you remove that then you'll end up using the standard texture coordinates geneated for an index face set. If that works for you then great, if not then you'll need to provide explicit texture coordinates at each vertex.

leforthomas wrote on Mon, 22 September 2014 06:02

Yes, how do you contact them?

Attached is an example.



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Re: X3D textures [message #99099 is a reply to message #99085 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 08:02 UTC
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Hi Alan,

Initially I tried without the TextureCoordinateGenerator. The couple of viewers I use automatically assign the imagetexture to the shape vertexes with all corners matching. It seems the Shapeways one matches the bottom corners of the shape and then uses the same increment on both U and V. This is my guess as to why it works for square images and streches the other ones. Personally, unless mistaken, I don't think this is the "normal" behavior, not sure what the spec say on this (probably nothing).

From there I have two options (1) use a texCoord and TextureCoordinate, for a full res 3d model this will add > 1M indexes and as many pair of floating values, but the models are already large so... (2) square the image used for the texture. This will probably introduce some additional distortions in the image and increase the image size as well...

I'll probably go for (1) unless you have another suggestion.
 Topic: Order of display on Forum posts
Order of display on Forum posts [message #99105] Tue, 23 September 2014 08:59 UTC
avatar Inspired_By_Architecture  is currently offline Inspired_By_Architecture
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I have always wondered why the oldest post in a forum thread is displayed first?? Is it just on my computer? Can I change this? When I go the a forum post such as for example the General forum post 'show you collection' I would see page of of a bunch of pages and the first ones are dated back in 2010. Who are the most recent posts not displayed first as that would normally be the situation you want when taking part in a discussion?

Mike / Inspired_By_Architecture

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Re: Order of display on Forum posts [message #99106 is a reply to message #99105 ] Tue, 23 September 2014 09:06 UTC
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This is useful if you want to follow a discussion from the start. If you want to see the latest contribution, just click on the little arrow behind the name of the lastest contributor in the rightmost column of the forum overview.

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