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 Topic: Rhino and Elephant thing
Rhino and Elephant thing [message #136668] Tue, 09 February 2016 10:50 UTC
avatar Creature_man  is currently offline Creature_man
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Gonna try and take some nice pictures for my shop today.

Pretty happy with how they turned out, sweet!

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 Topic: Ring Bracelet by OSKAR & CARL
Re: Ring Bracelet by OSKAR & CARL [message #136671 is a reply to message #136525 ] Tue, 09 February 2016 11:28 UTC
avatar BioPlastic3D  is currently offline BioPlastic3D
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very good
 Topic: It's for the BAND!
It's for the BAND! [message #136661] Tue, 09 February 2016 05:59 UTC
avatar MrNibbles  is currently offline MrNibbles
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I had a very happy customer from a band (Bad Habits) in Europe post some nice photos in the product's comment section. So I thought I would share them here. This product was one of the key chain tags I designed for the key chain contest that recently happened here at Shapeways. And although many were rather elemental designs I've actually sold a lot of them, and in particular the ones that allow longer text strings to be printed. Being able to only print initials or the year in a text line doesn't seem to excite customers to the possibilities of customization as much as being able to print a small phrase. Of course they can use the image area to add additional text but I get the feeling that being able to print multiple lines of text or multiple images containing text would greatly enhance CustomMaker, IMHO.

Anyway, here are some photos:

https://images1.sw-cdn.net/comment/picture/original_12980412_119954_1454964869.jpg

https://images1.sw-cdn.net/comment/picture/original_12980371_119953_1454964794.jpg

I am somewhat surprised that those thin lines in the logo managed to print well in steel. I dare say that had I uploaded that exact same design it would probably have been rejected for thin line problems. I'm glad it worked out for the customer!

Re: It's for the BAND! [message #136666 is a reply to message #136661 ] Tue, 09 February 2016 09:42 UTC
avatar Ontogenie  is currently offline Ontogenie
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Very nice, a simple design but the customization options add so much. I'm also surprised with the steel detail in the logo. It seems that maybe steel resolution has increased somewhat over the last year? I've noticed that some of my recently uploaded designs that I never would have thought printable in steel now register as printable.
Re: It's for the BAND! [message #136689 is a reply to message #136661 ] Tue, 09 February 2016 18:17 UTC
avatar MrNibbles  is currently offline MrNibbles
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I created a copy of the model having a larger custom image area with a different aspect ratio so the customer can increase the size of the logo if they have any additional orders. I sense a disturbance in the Force that could lead to a future rejection for something that was already manufactured. It's difficult to know what a customer might want to put on designs and without rule checking things seem like they could be rather hit and miss to get customized items printed. Or do customized parts get an exemption from checking?

It would be great if CustomMaker could be made to allow customers to place or adjust the custom text and image boxes (and heights) themselves. I'm not really thrilled about the long term proposition of needing to create multiple customized CustomMaker design copies.

That hole in the design doesn't help things either. If CustomMaker could ignore a void in a custom area then in this particular case a much larger custom image area could be defined. Of course a hanging loop could be placed on an exterior corner of the tag but that's something for a future design.
Re: It's for the BAND! [message #136691 is a reply to message #136689 ] Tue, 09 February 2016 20:26 UTC
avatar Ontogenie  is currently offline Ontogenie
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I just went and played around with your tag customization, and I managed to upload a b/w image of my logo and it looked pretty darned good on the tag, if I do say so myself. I can understand your concern, though, if a customer doesn't follow the instructions for an image and uploads something with too many grey tones, not enough contrast, too many ultrathin lines. I guess it's possible that the CustomMaker will still show it as working but it still may not be printable. I'm interested to see how this develops. It's all one big experiment at this point, isn't it?!

One thing you might consider doing is writing a mini-tutorial for the customer and putting it in the product description. The little info button with the specs for the image may not be so obvious to potential customers, and a little repetition never hurts.

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