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 Topic: What is 230?
What is 230? [message #5791] Tue, 11 August 2009 17:02 UTC
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For all that saw the ad and were wondering http://gm-volt.com/2009/08/08/what-is-230/


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 Topic: 300 million year old spider reconstructed in 3D
300 million year old spider reconstructed in 3D [message #5693] Wed, 05 August 2009 19:42 UTC
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Why someone would be compelled to do this is beyond me, but the process is fascinating.

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcolleg e/newssummary/news_5-8-2009-9-49-44
 Topic: Custom Packaging
Custom Packaging [message #5349] Tue, 21 July 2009 21:03 UTC
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Does anyone know of a company that will create custom printed packaging?

I'm thinking once I get to where I'm putting together pieces for sale I would like to find a company that can print me out packaging in quantities of 1-100 rather than the industry norm of 1200 in a minimum order.

Does anyone know of any? Oh, and I live in the States, so an internet based company would be best.


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 Topic: New material email returned
New material email returned [message #5312] Mon, 20 July 2009 19:33 UTC
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I just tried submitting my new thermal engine to be made in stainless, but it was returned saying that the email was rejected by y'alls server.

Anyways here's the link http://www.shapeways.com/model/40562/thermal_engine.html


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 Topic: DIY Render farm
DIY Render farm [message #5284] Sat, 18 July 2009 01:11 UTC
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Found this really in depth article about creating your very own Render farm.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/render-farm-node,2340.ht ml

I have pondered this several times myself with Blender, but this really fleshes out the concept.

For those of you not familiar with the term "Render farm", it is using multiple computers to assist 3D and graphical programs in rendering images.
 Topic: Lines of Resolution for models?
Lines of Resolution for models? [message #5156] Tue, 07 July 2009 04:45 UTC
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I've taken quite an interest in Jewelery, and I've been checking around to see how to get the best prints. I've heard that Polyjet plastic/printers can be print 2000 lines per square inch. I'm wondering how detailed Shapeways can do?


 Topic: Submitting objects to be approved for steel
Submitting objects to be approved for steel [message #5054] Sat, 27 June 2009 21:44 UTC
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I was wondering if it would be possible to make some sort of form for submitting our objects that we'd like to see in stainless steel. I understand that you have to check them all manually so emailing them directly works easy enough, but a form similar to uploading a regular model could make it easier still.
I was also wondering about confirmation emails after we submit models to be checked. When we upload a normal model the email we receive both confirms that everything went through alright (or didn't in some cases) and is a way (for me at least) to keep track of what models have been uploaded and approved. Currently I am still wondering if Shapeways received my email about models to be available for stainless and an email response would be useful.
I know with all the recent updates and new materials the Shapeways staff is very busy, but I think these suggestions might streamline this process a bit.
 Topic: 3DPrints from second life sculpts
3DPrints from second life sculpts [message #4958] Wed, 17 June 2009 12:57 UTC
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http://taotakashi.wordpress.com/2006/09/01/another-3d-printi ng-service-about-to-open/

This would make it even more easy then the use of blender.

 Topic: 3D printing on a molecular scale!
3D printing on a molecular scale! [message #3707] Wed, 01 April 2009 20:00 UTC
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check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqyZ9bFl_qg&eurl=http%3A% 2F%2F3d%2Dprint%2Ein%2F2008%2F05%2Fnanofactory%2D3d%2Dprinti ng%2Drelated%2Dnano%2Dtechnologies%2Dare%2Dcoming%2Dforth%2E html&feature=player_embedded

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 Topic: Looking for Blender users for a BlenderNation.com post
Looking for Blender users for a BlenderNation.com post [message #3429] Thu, 19 March 2009 15:56 UTC
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Hi,

next to my work for Shapeways I'm also the editor in chief of the popular Blender newssite BlenderNation.com. For a new article I'd like to interview some Blender users who work with Shapeways - preferably shop owners. The article is scheduled for publication early next week. If you're interested in a BlenderNation appearance, please contact me on bart(at)blendernation(dot)com.

Thanks!

Bart


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 Topic: Need some feedback - journalist
Need some feedback - journalist [message #3081] Mon, 23 February 2009 16:38 UTC
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Hi everybody,
I currently make an article for a french magazine.
To complete it, I'm looking for someone who can give me some feedbacks on Shapeways.
I search a french artist, who sell some products via the website.
I just would like to make a quick interview with this person.
You can contact me at this adress :
emilien.ercolani@linformaticien.fr

Thanks,
 Topic: Shapeways advertised by Tom's Guide France
Shapeways advertised by Tom's Guide France [message #2271] Fri, 19 December 2008 12:23 UTC
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http://www.bestofmicro.com/actualite/26208-objet-3d-shapeway s.html

In french :
L’impression 3D est désormais une réalité que l’on peut toucher du doigt. Sous cette appellation se cache en fait la création d’objet ex nihilo, grâce à une machine qui « sculpte » entièrement un objet.

C’est cette technique la société Shapeways utilise pour fabriquer l’objet que l’on peut concevoir directement sur leur site. Une base d’objet est disponible et par le biais du «Shapeways Creator», libre à soi de moduler l’objet en 3D pour le rendre plus conforme à ses goûts. On pourra également importer directement ses fichiers depuis des logiciels de CAO (Maya, 3DS Max, etc.) pour « imprimer » ses propres objets.

Au final, le prix de la création d’un objet est compris entre 35 et 115 ¤ pour un cadeau bien plus original qu’un cendrier en rotin.

In english:
3D printing is now a reality one can touch with his finger. This designation hides in fact the creation of an object ex nihilo, thanks to a machine that "sculpt" an object entirely.

It's this technic that the society Shapeways uses to build object that you can design directly on their site. An object database is available and using the "Shapeways Creator" anyone is free to model an object in 3D to make it suit one's taste. One can also import directly its files from CAD softwares (Maya, 3DSMax etc) to "print" its own objects.

Finally the price of an object creation ranges from 35 to 115¤ for a gift more original than a rattan ashtray.

Laughing Nice but they might have advertised that for the holiday season for maximum impact.

Ah. Nuts.
 Topic: College for 3D artist
College for 3D artist [message #1676] Wed, 22 October 2008 13:20 UTC
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Hey everyone, just wanted to ask all of you out there that have college training backgrounds in the field of 3d modeling and design if you have an suggestions on where to go.
I plan on going to college for 3d modeling and i am currently looking at Full Sail in florida. Any ideas from those of you out there at where else i should look?
 Topic: Click video demos - kudos to daddymack!
Click video demos - kudos to daddymack! [message #1458] Mon, 29 September 2008 23:08 UTC
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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to post up some video demos showing 'Click' in action. These animations were expertly produced by daddymack of www.mack3d.com and show how cards are stored in and ejected from both the spring-loaded and manual-eject models.

http://www.mack3d.com/shapeways/ManualClickSide.mov
http://www.mack3d.com/shapeways/ManualClickFront.mov
http://www.mack3d.com/shapeways/SpringClickCutaway.mov

For those of you who haven't browsed through the DDW contest yet 'Click' is my submission: a super-compact redesign of the wallet concept that is front-pocket and formal-wear friendly. Please check it out, and if you like it vote for it! The contest ends soon and is running very close. If I were to win, the printing of my models would hugely further the development of 'Click' as far as physical testing, and my end goal is to make 'Click' available to the community here on Shapeways in some shape or form.

Thanks again to daddymack for his pro bono production of these excellent videos. You owe it to him to check them out, because they are gorgeous!

sincerely,
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 Topic: How heavy/dense are the various materials
How heavy/dense are the various materials [message #711] Thu, 07 August 2008 22:31 UTC
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This is mearly a question of curiosity, I'm not sure it is a question that is very relevant but how much do the various materials weigh? I was wondering if the material would float in water, although In the video showing information about shapeways on blendernation in looked as though it sank :S

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 Topic: Welcome to our new & improved website!
Welcome to our new & improved website! [message #267] Thu, 19 June 2008 14:58 UTC
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As the topic says: welcome to our new & improved website! We've put a LOT of work into creating a more welcoming, fresh and inspiring environment and we hope you'll like it.

Besides the eyecandy, the biggest functional improvement is that we now support the STL file format for model uploads. That should make it quite a lot easier for everyone to get their models on the site.

You just might find the odd bug here or there. If you do, please leave a comment.

So, what do you think? Is is an improvement? Smile

Cheers,

Bart

[Updated on: Thu, 19 June 2008 15:08 UTC]


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 Topic: Small improvement: Private message count
Small improvement: Private message count [message #118718] Mon, 06 July 2015 21:45 UTC
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Maybe some of you already noticed.
Last Thursday, we released a little number bubble that appears above your profile (on the upper right corner) when you get new private messages.

This way, it takes only a glance to know if you have unread private messages and enables you to reply to them in a blink.
Enjoy!

index.php?t=getfile&id=106489&private=0

[Updated on: Mon, 06 July 2015 21:45 UTC]


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 Topic: Shapeways Announces Funding!
Shapeways Announces Funding! [message #118429] Tue, 30 June 2015 20:38 UTC
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You can read more and discuss about our new funding here

https://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/21383-redefining-pro duct-creation-through-3d-printing.html

[Updated on: Wed, 01 July 2015 03:02 UTC] by Moderator


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 Topic: Free Shipping for 1st time users in the US
Free Shipping for 1st time users in the US [message #116952] Mon, 08 June 2015 22:02 UTC
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Hey All,


This month, we're offering FREE USPS First-Class shipping to the United States for all first-time customers. It's a great time to get one of your designs printed or to buy something from one of the thousands of other designers on Shapeways. Just use code FIRSTFREE at checkout, and place your order by 11:59PM PDT on June 30.

If you're not a new customer (like myself) or based in the US you can share this code with friends, family and fans to encourage them to visit your shop. Feel free to spread it on social and tag us so we can reshare and get the word out.

The fine print: New customers must use a United States shipping & billing addresses in order to be eligible for free USPS First-Class shipping offer. Valid once per customer and may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. No cash value. Expires June 30, 2015 at 11:59PM PDT.

~Andrew


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 Topic: Elasto Bounding Box
Elasto Bounding Box [message #115176] Thu, 07 May 2015 16:57 UTC
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We've had Elasto in beta for a while now, and we've decided to make some changes to our production that will reduce errors, and make Elasto a more sustainable material. This requires us to reduce the bounding box from 300x300x250, to 300x300x150. This only effects a small number of products that have been made, and we've contacted those individual designers, so they are aware of the change.


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 Topic: Check Out Now: A faster way to purchase
Check Out Now: A faster way to purchase [message #111381] Mon, 02 March 2015 17:34 UTC
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We want to make the checkout process simpler. Now, if you have a saved credit card on file or a preferred payment method associated with your account, you can zip from the first to last step of our checkout process.

You'll always be able to change anything about your shipping or billing information during checkout. This just gives you the option to save 2 clicks if there are no changes from your previous order.

Here's a visualization of the flow to help illustrate:
index.php?t=getfile&id=91413&private=0

[Updated on: Wed, 04 March 2015 18:41 UTC] by Moderator

 Topic: Slight Overlap Guideline Changes for Strong & Flexible Plastic
Slight Overlap Guideline Changes for Strong & Flexible Plastic [message #110866] Fri, 20 February 2015 16:04 UTC
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Hi everyone,

Small change to our large printing guidelines:

For models larger than (now) 32cm: Our Strong & Flexible 3D printers operate with two lasers at the same time. If a product in the printer is located in the overlap plane where the two lasers meet, minuscule calibration differences between the lasers may create a visible line on the surface of the product. We aim to arrange products in the printer away from the overlap plane. However, products larger than 32cm long in any direction may be too large to fit in one laser's area, so you may see a visible line along the overlap plane on your product. This is a change from 33cm after we noticed a this happening on a few edges and will ensure you don't encounter this with your models.

Thank you for everyone who helped us learn more precisely where this seam forms.


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 Topic: Website Change Log 2015
Website Change Log 2015 [message #107935] Thu, 15 January 2015 15:14 UTC
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Hi all,

We're moving away from the change log as we post about changes in announcements anyway.

Best,
Michael

April 23rd

Introducing Scaling!
Unprintable models no longer appear in Shop Inventory
Issues with the CSV downloading the wrong markup are now resolved
Improved Mobile Experiance
Material Drop-down Menu Organized!

April 2nd

We've modified the accuracy listed for Steel to better reflect our capabilities https://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=26591 &start=0&

March 18th

UPS shipping is back for Canada Australia and New Zealand. https://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=26286 &start=0&
Bug fixes! Like products showing when not for sale. And an orientation one, where models where changing after upload.
Forums are now listed under Community.

February 25th

Ring Creator is Back! Now Connecting to Model Edit - Should be fixed MONDAY March 1st
Bulk Add to Cart for Model Edit: from the Model Edit page you can now order multiples of an item!
Dynamic Sitemap helps the Google bots find all of our amazing products & shops!
Default Images bug squashed...partially. More to come soon.
Better Error Experience when Upload Model with > 250 Parts

February 13th

We made several behind the scenes changes that will make us more reliable and faster!

February 5th
New Precious Plated Metals - 14k & 18K Yellow Gold, 18K Rose Gold and Rhodium!

February 4th
More fixes since platform lift See here for details.
Single Product Embed Updates- we made it so you can open the embed in a new window. details here
Visitors to an empty cart can now explore More Products - we're giving them another chance to shop your products!
Contact Form Improvements - this is more for us to better see your emails when you email us from the 'Contact Us' page! HURRAY (Personally this is the most awesome thing for me & my inbox-Natalia ;-) )

January 28th
Shop and Product Embeds - THE WIDGET IS BACK, AND IT'S BETTER THAN EVER! Read all about it
Several rounds of bug fixes since the platform lift. See here for details.

January 23rd
Introducing RUSH PRODUCTION! Sign up for the Rush Pilot here!

January 21st
Platform lift! A downtime window allowed us to make Shapeways more agile and pave the way for future improvements. Read all about the changes here.

January 15th
Shapeways Global Partner Network launched. If you have a 3D printer and want to make parts and products for other people, we want to hear from you! Read all about it here and sign up here

January 7th
3D tools released. Read all about it here and let us know how you're using them to help you!

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 Topic: Cyber Monday 20% off EVERYTHING ON SITE!
Cyber Monday 20% off EVERYTHING ON SITE! [message #104073] Mon, 01 December 2014 15:37 UTC
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The big holiday sales continue!

For TODAY ONLY you get 20% off EVERYTHING on the site - your own models and anything in the marketplace.

Use code CYBER20 at checkout. once you enter the code wait 3 seconds for it to apply before you hit it again!

happy shopping!

Natalia and the team
:-)

The fine print:

This promotion is non-transferable and valid once per customer with a maximum discount of $100. 20% discount applies only to 3D printed products, not gift cards, sample kits, shipping, wrapping, or other services. If you order a design during the promotion period that cannot be printed, we cannot apply discounts to future orders (even if these designs are repaired). If you return your purchase, you will be refunded the amount paid. Offer expires December 1 at 11:59pm PST.

[Updated on: Wed, 10 December 2014 19:28 UTC] by Moderator


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 Topic: Holiday Shipping Times - everything you need to know to get your order by Christmas
Holiday Shipping Times - everything you need to know to get your order by Christmas [message #103828] Wed, 26 November 2014 23:36 UTC
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Hey guys!

It's that time of year when we all wait WAY TOO LONG to order gifts...so in order to prep you, we've created a whole page of the holiday shipping times for all materials.

You can always see our best estimate of your order's delivery date directly in your cart, or use the dates below for our marketplace materials.

USA:
index.php?t=getfile&id=79176&private=0

Europe:
index.php?t=getfile&id=79177&private=0

Rest of World:
index.php?t=getfile&id=79178&private=0

[Updated on: Thu, 08 January 2015 15:21 UTC]


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes Nov 20th: Porcelain Pilot, Shop Owner Tools improvements
Weekly Release Notes Nov 20th: Porcelain Pilot, Shop Owner Tools improvements [message #103383] Fri, 21 November 2014 17:55 UTC
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Hey guys,

A few of the updates and improvements we've made this week (and last!)

*We announced our newest porcelain material, and today we are starting to let people into the pilot program.
* Adding featured shops to the gift guide
* Adding our holiday shipping lead times to the product page - for easier shopping for you and your customers
* Sales Overview Spreadsheet Improvements
* Improvements to @mention notification email
* Contact form attachment support
* Surface machine cc's in more places so it's easier to see your pricing

[Updated on: Fri, 21 November 2014 17:57 UTC]


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 Topic: Target opens a shop on Shapeways using ShapeJS
Target opens a shop on Shapeways using ShapeJS [message #102786] Tue, 11 November 2014 19:50 UTC
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Hey guys,

Last week we announced that Target was the first major retailer to embark on 3D printing with Shapeways, debuting an exclusive holiday collection of customizable charms, rings and ornaments in the Target Shapeways Shop. You can read all about it in this blog post

It's awesome to see 3D printing moving more in the mainstream, and we hope that once Target start promoting their Shapeways shop, many new shoppers will come to our marketplace to buy their holiday gifts...both from Target's shop..and yours!

i'm excited because we know that once someone is shopping on Shapeways, they tend to buy from several different shops - so the more shops we have on Shapeways, the better it is for everyone...and having big brands on Shapeways (like the My Little Pony's) just means more shoppers.

The other exciting thins is that in order to create customizable products, Target is using ShapeJS, a developer tool we launched earlier this year that makes adding your personal touch to products even easier. Using this technology, Target enables you to "be the designer," truly styling products without having to open up CAD. If you're interested in using ShapeJS to customize your shop's products, try it out here.

There's also a lively discussion in the ShapeJS Forum Thread for tips with playing around with code.






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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes October 1st: Repricing preview, CSV fix and Part Count
Weekly Release Notes October 1st: Repricing preview, CSV fix and Part Count [message #100077] Thu, 02 October 2014 14:53 UTC
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This week, we preview the new pricing structure for XSF and Steel. Read all about it - and the ensuing discussion - here

First off, here's the BEST PAGE we have so far to explain HOW the new pricing structure works:
https://www.shapeways.com/support/pricing

A quick guide to new pricing:

Strong and Flexible Plastic

$1.50/part
$0.28/material cm3
$0.21/machine cm3

Metalic Plastic

$1.50/part
$0.56/material cm3
$0.32/machine cm3

Steel

$6.00 per part
$5.00 per cm3


CSV File Updated
So you can bulk edit your markups, and we fixed it so it wasn't timing out when people who had a large number of models tried to download it.

Model Edit page
We've added 'Part Count' and 'Machine Space' to your Model Edit to help make the values we're using in pricing more clear

http://cl.ly/image/2h0B2f3k2a0y/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-01%20at%205.10.40%20PM.png


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes September 25th: Holiday shipping times
Weekly Release Notes September 25th: Holiday shipping times [message #99238] Thu, 25 September 2014 17:06 UTC
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This week we added that checkout carts will reflect country-senstive material deadlines for the upcoming holidays!

Oh and we hit 20,000 shops!
index.php?t=getfile&id=72191&private=0

[Updated on: Thu, 25 September 2014 17:14 UTC]


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 Topic: Into Airplanes, Drones & Aerospace?
Into Airplanes, Drones & Aerospace? [message #94166] Thu, 17 July 2014 18:28 UTC
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We're heading to EAA's Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the end of July and we want to invite you to join us!!

The Event is:
Monday, July 28th-Sunday, August 3rd

You Can Take Part By:
Email Savannah@Shapeways.com if you want to join us at our booth
Send your products to us here at HQ with information about your work and will share it in our booth!

More details on the blog. Feel free to comment or ask questions in either spot.

Happy Flying!


Savannah, your Shop Owner Coach/Global Community Manager
 Topic: Announcing 3D Printing in Platinum, 18k Gold, 14k Rose Gold & 14k White Gold!
Announcing 3D Printing in Platinum, 18k Gold, 14k Rose Gold & 14k White Gold! [message #92746] Wed, 25 June 2014 23:38 UTC
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Today, Shapeways got a whole lot shinier! We're excited to launch a new suite of materials for our precious metals family. Introducing:
http://www.shapeways.com/blog/uploads/golds-blog.jpg
Platinum: This bright silver-white material is extensively hand-polished to a smooth sheen. A rare metal, Platinum is recognized as being the most precious of all precious metals. Jewelers often select this material for its durability while consumers love it for its luster.
18k Gold: Brighter and more vibrant than 14k Gold, it contains a higher percentage of gold.
14k Rose Gold: Its pinkish tint adds a touch of warmth and romance to any design.
14k White Gold: For a more subtle look, it resembles silver with just a hint of gold.

Like our 14k Gold, all of these metals are 3D printed in wax then cast. Therefore, they all share the same design rules, so it's easy for you jewelers to enable current designs in these new finishes.

Here at Shapeways, we're proud to support jewelers. We're one of the only 3D printing companies to widely offer these new precious metals to everyone, and, with our other jeweler-friendly materials such as 14k Gold, Sterling Silver, and Castable Wax, we now have the most options available for 3D printing jewelry!

Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Natalia

[Updated on: Wed, 25 June 2014 23:41 UTC]


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes: June 11th: Faster Lead Times for Metals, Shop Owner tools, shopper help
Weekly Release Notes: June 11th: Faster Lead Times for Metals, Shop Owner tools, shopper help [message #91805] Thu, 12 June 2014 12:36 UTC
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Speedy release this week, featuring:

New MUCH faster lead times for Silver Family, the Steel Family, Gold Plated Brass and 14k Gold . Read all about it!
Check it out:
index.php?t=getfile&id=61761&private=0

Continuous Shop Owner improvements:
Faster load times for the shop inventory page (no more timeouts)
Resolved issues with sorting models on the shop inventory page. The order now saves!
Maker materials no longer appear in pricing tool

Shopper Help Menu
New Help menu on Shop toolbar so your customers can now access shopper-centric Help on any page on the Shop tab (like their order status)


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes: June 4th: Maker Material WAX!!!! Shareable Wall Thickness Checks and MORE
Weekly Release Notes: June 4th: Maker Material WAX!!!! Shareable Wall Thickness Checks and MORE [message #91265] Wed, 04 June 2014 21:28 UTC
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Hey Guys,

I woke up today FULL OF BEANS because I couldn't WAIT to finally tell you about our newest Maker Material:

WE GOT WAX!!!!
For those of you that haven't been asking for it forever, read all about it here.
Get the wax of your models, and cast it into any metal you want yourself!
Max Bounding Box 75 × 75 × 50 mm
Lead Time: 10 days
Price: $10 startup, $8 per CC

Next up, another massive step in the War on Rejections:

Shareable Wall Thickness Checks: Share your Wall Thickness Visualization with the world
We want to empower you guys to help each other with your design challenges. Today we're taking our first step in this direction by letting you share your Wall Thickness Visualizations with other users.

You will now have a 'Share this view' box added to your Wall Thickness Visualization modal for a given material:
index.php?t=getfile&id=61106&private=0
When you share the link publicly,other users with the link will be able to see your 3D model in our x3dom viewer, but will not be able to see the model's base price or be able to update/fix the model:
index.php?t=getfile&id=61107&private=0
The 'Share' link has a private key associated with it that prevents users from guessing/accessing the link to another user's model that was not intentionally shared. Additionally, if you update your model by uploading a new version or running Wall Thickness Fixing, the private key will be invalidated. This prevents a 'public' link floating around after you have adjusted your model based on feedback.


Introducing Miniature Scale Models: Our Newest Product Category!
Shapeways is chock full of amazing miniature models: from bikes to trains, you can find a miniature scale model of just about anything! We've created a new category page to house this expansive collection of miniature products...and Aimee is continuing the discussion here about it!

Product Box: Designer Name Links to Profile
As a part of elevating our designers and ensuring that you remain the stars of the show, we've made a small change to the small product views across the site, making your designer's name a link that connects a shopper to your user profile. Check it out on the homepage - every designer name is clickable!

New Tutorial:
We have launched a new video tutorial for how to create 3D models from your drawings using our 2D to 3D creator tool.

[Updated on: Thu, 05 June 2014 11:12 UTC]


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes: May 28th - A few small changes
Weekly Release Notes: May 28th - A few small changes [message #90677] Thu, 29 May 2014 14:10 UTC
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The Design tab now features a convenient "Get Started" menu offering quick access to our new audience-focused get started pages like Jewelry, Crowdfunding and Animators.
Before today, when someone commented on your model, we notified you via email, linking to the comment. Now, we'll also be including the actual comment text directly below in the email so that you can read right from your device

Bug fixes:
Issues with setting default material are resolved
Shop logo is now updating

Plus more back end stuff to make things run smoother


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes: May 21st - World Wide Gold! and more
Weekly Release Notes: May 21st - World Wide Gold! and more [message #90209] Thu, 22 May 2014 12:41 UTC
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Here's what came to you in this weeks update!


* Gold has gone Global! Anyone that we ship to can now order Gold!
(can be made a default material as well)
* New product category!
* Adding production, so we can be stronger, faster, better. Awesome Ay?
* We've reshuffled the shop tab categories.
* Some categories went away :-( but they just weren't used.
* New product samples added to the bottom of the materials pages!

That's about all the goodies for this week. Even more goodies next week? Stay tuned!

[Updated on: Wed, 04 June 2014 21:36 UTC] by Moderator


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes: April 9th - multiple rejection reasons andintegrated checking of models
Weekly Release Notes: April 9th - multiple rejection reasons andintegrated checking of models [message #87760] Fri, 11 April 2014 21:01 UTC
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This weeks release continues with our quest to improve the rejections experience:

-Not just one, but multiple rejection reasons - so we can provide the most thorough and exhaustive list of to provide helpful, quality information.
-Wall thickness visualization comes to integrated checking - this means our checkers see what you see, a step towards even bigger tools! So while we are building tools to help you, we are in tandem, building tools to help us (...help you) ;-)



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 Topic: Temporary Change in Ceramics Lead Time
Temporary Change in Ceramics Lead Time [message #87585] Wed, 09 April 2014 19:10 UTC
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Here at Shapeways, we do our best to deliver premium materials at the fastest possible lead time to as many countries as we can to serve our community across the globe. We do our best to deliver good news as often as we can, while holding honestly and transparency close to our core values.

Last November we announced a ceramics pricing change that made the vast majority of uploaded products in the material considerably cheaper. This empowered many of you to print more and experiment with ceramic products and the results have been stunning.

We track order trends very closely and have noticed that some of you have recently experienced late delivery of your products and we're committed to streamlining the process. While we optimize, please forgive us for a temporary extension of existing ceramic lead times to 18 days. As you also know, we check every model that you upload, and have been experiencing a backlog in model checking in ceramic as well. We hope to reduce this lead time soon and appreciate your understanding.

Be assured the product delivered to you will be of the same great Shapeways quality you have come to expect.We are working with our ceramics production partner to reduce this lead time soon and appreciate your understanding.

To discuss this, please join the thread here (this topic locked to help with organization): https://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=875 83#msg_87583


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes: March 6th - Wall Thickness Fixing, Better Twitter and more feedback
Weekly Release Notes: March 6th - Wall Thickness Fixing, Better Twitter and more feedback [message #85915] Fri, 07 March 2014 03:56 UTC
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This week we're excited about:

* We're launching Wall Thickness Fixing - and you thought Wall Thickness Visualization was good! We'd love to hear your feedback in that thread!
* Better Twitter cards - so when you tweet a product, you get all the details like the model description and the price
* Improvements to Print it Anyway, as you give us your feedback, we can keep improving the process

Let us know what you think!

[Updated on: Fri, 07 March 2014 03:59 UTC]


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 Topic: Website Change Log 2014
Website Change Log 2014 [message #84412] Wed, 05 February 2014 21:32 UTC
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Hi all,

Here's a list of the most important website changes in one document for easier reference, updated with our weekly releases.
Best,
Natalia

December 17th
Sneak peek release to the beta group of 3D tools. If you want to be part of the beta group and help us test new features and materials, sign up here!
Happy Holidays!

November 20th - Details here
We announced our newest porcelain material, and today we are starting to let people into the pilot program, Added featured shops to the gift guide, added our holiday shipping lead times to the product page, Sales Overview Spreadsheet Improvements, showing machine cc's in more places.

October - A few big announcements this month
*Insiders Group gets more tools in the Printability Centre, and preview of sintershells for those of you with multi-part models
*Gift Guide launched
*Personalized Gift Message in your shipment - now you can add a custom message to your order right at checkout
*Target Launch - retailer Target launches their own shop on Shapeways
*HP Printer Early Partner launch - we will be one of the first to have HP's new exciting printer in 2015
*Fixing PayPal bugs exposed from PayPay's Poodle issue.
*Resolved issue with showing markup earned in Yippee emails


October 1st. Read all about it and leave comments here
*New Pricing Preview for XSF and Steel - Pete's blog post and the ensuing discussion
*CSV updated to not time out for large downloads
*Model edit page reflects part count and new pricing structure

September 25th
*We hit 20,000 shops on Shapeways! and we added time-sensitive holiday checkout information in the cart, so no one misses their Christmas presents

September 18th
*New Material Specific Jewelry Collection Views

September 4th
*My Models page got a redesign.For those of you with 100+ models, this should make it easier to find your models. There's now also a handy "quantity to add to cart" box so if you're making bulk orders you can do so quickly.
*Exciting new Printability feature rolled out to our Insiders Group. If you want to be part of testing new features, materials and more, sign up here

August 1-25th
A few huge releases over the past month, read all about it and post your comments over here and here's the digest:
*Better REFUNDS!
*USPS for Australia and New Zealand!
*New Material Trial: Full Color Plastic
*Follow a Designer
*Revamped Tutorial Hub
*Back processing Renders

July 31st
It's our SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY this week!
This week, as part of our continuing-improvement movement, we updated the success rate of unaffected materials (your "Print Success" rate), we split up the shipping carrier as a rejection reason (so we can't just blame UPS all the time!) and fixed a lot of things in our backend.

July 24th Read more and post your comments here Lots of useful shop owner tools:
* Twitter Handles in your Profile and/or Shops!
Set your User Twitter Handle the Profile Settings Page
and/or Set your Shop Twitter Handle in the Shop Settings page.
* Private Messages now accessible from account menu for makers and shopowners
* You can now ship USPS to APO / FPO / DPO
* New Tutorials: Using Photoshop for 3D Printing

July 21st
PITA now available on Permanent Rejections!!

July 16th
Beta Products and First-to-Try Launch: Read all about it here
Post your comments in the shops section here

July 9th Post your comments and read the details here
*Bulk Shop Edits via the CSV - now you can make bulk changes like select new materials and enable products for sale
*Faster Rejections Communication, following on from Project Caterpillar
*FUD got XL - increased bounding box to 284 x 184 x 203mm

July 2nd Post your comments and read the details here
*Show Model Print Success Rate on Model Edit page Brad tells you all about it here.
*Shops and Profiles now show your Twitter handle making it easy for everyone to connect online
*Hero Images on Materials Hub Page - calling out the newest additions to the materials family.

June 26th Post your comments and read all the details here
*USPS for the USA! We know you've been asking for CHOICE since we introduced UPS shipping, so finally, here it is!
If you're in the USA, you can now chose between UPS and USPS shipping for your orders.
We're now offering United States Postal Service First-Class for a flat rate of $4.99, with expected transit time of 1-3 business days. USPS also offers some unique benefits, including delivery to PO Boxes or to properties where entrance by private carriers is limited or prohibited.
*New Premium Metals
Platinum
18k Gold
14k Rose Gold
14k White Gold

*Designer for Hire gallery. A way to find designer for hire. If you want to apply, just fill out this form and we will add you to the list.
*Continuous Shop Owner Improvements: Sales Overview spreadsheet now features Model Version to give shop owners insight about which version of your model you've sold.

June 18th Post your comments and read all the details here
*Universal Upload Button, In response to a long standing request that makes it easier for power users to quickly upload model files from any page by clicking on "Design". Try it out! We've also improved the Error Message, so it tells you quickly what is wrong.
*Shop Inventory Fix: Shop Inventory's "Default" sorting order will now show numbered items first. You can now use this sort order as a preview of the shop order. To navigate to un-numbered products, you can go to the last page of products.
*New and Improved /Create Page to make it easier to get started with 3D Printing for newcomers
*Alumide gets a makeover and is renamed "Metallic Plastic"
* RAINBOW of COLOR: We added Green, Yellow and Orange this week to complete the Rainbow for Strong and Flexible Plastic
*BUG FIX: Emails from @aol.com and @yahoo.com were not getting through to our customer service team last week, so we've fixed this and we're back to responding to ALL emails!

June 11th Post your comments and read all the details here
*Faster Lead times for metals! WOO HOO
* Shop Owner Tool Improvements to shop inventory pages
*Shopper Help Menu to help your customers find their order status etc.

June 4th Post your comments and read all the details here
*CASTABLE WAX - New Maker Material! Read all about it here.
* Shareable Wall Thickness Checks - so you can get feedback on your models
*New "Scale Models" Category Page
*Designer Name links to your Profile
*New Tutorial about the 2D->3D Tool

May 28th Post your comments and read all the details here
*The Design tab now features a convenient "Get Started" menu
*Comments in the body of emails: Before today, when someone commented on your model, we notified you via email, linking to the comment. Now, we'll also be including the actual comment text directly below in the email so that you can read right there
*Bug fixes:
Issues with setting default material are resolved
Shop logo is now updating
Back end stuff to make things run smoother


May 21st Post your comments and read all the details here
* Gold has gone Global! Anyone that we ship to can now order Gold!
(can be made a default material as well)
* New product category!
* Adding production, so we can be stronger, faster, better. Awesome Ay?
* We've reshuffled the shop tab categories to make them more relevant
* New product samples added to the bottom of the materials pages!


May 14th Post your comments and read all the details here
*New Pricing Tool for Shop Owners! making it easier to price
*Shipped Before Flag (INTERNAL) Models that are of a model version in a material group that have been shipped before will now be identified by a shipped before flag in our internal tool- making it easier than ever to see what we've shipped before...and hopefully bring down those printed before rejections!
*We launched a contest: Prototype to Product together with Formlabs
*New Video Tutorial - Adapting your character or animation model for 3d printing


May 8th Post your comments and read all the details here
* TALK TO YOUR CUSTOMERS!! That's right, each "Yippee" email now contains a link to who bought your product!
* We now display Manual Checks and Rejection Reasons at Upload - no need to switch back and forth between your emails
* Google Sign-in - now you can also choose between your Shapeways username, Facebook and Google sign-in
* Improved FAQ's on the Contact Us page - to make it easier to get your most common questions answered
* New Landing Pages: Crowdfunding, Fashion Design and Product Design

April 30th Post your comments and read all the details here
* Visual Refresh - bringing your products to the forefront, and putting the focus on you
* Sell Tab - go straight to your Shops, right from the navigation bar
* Image Cropping - We'll adjust your image to the right size if it isn't right (dont worry, we wont stretch it!)
* Also, as a followup from last week, we added the designer's name next to the product title on every product page. :-)

April 23rd Post your comments here
* For our USA makers, and customers in the USA, we are thrilled to annouce our newest material: 14k GOLD!!
* Facebook Sign-in : that should make it easier for new users to join Shapeways and existing users to remember your password using your Facebook account
*Fresh new Product Page layout - We cleaned up the product image and material selector in order to provide a beautiful and clean space for your product to shine on it's own. So many shop owners take care to take beautiful photos, so we removed clutter to let the product photos and material selector shine. We are also adding a new "Designer Card" to give the designer and their contact info more real estate on the page. This layout is paving the way for an improved experience in managing your shops!
*Awesome Getting Started pages to help you get your specific project off the ground, with tips and tutorials for Rapid Prototyping, Animators and Jewelry
*New Tutorial on How to Make 3D Printed Earrings
*New look Easy Creator Apps Page
*Improved communication that accurately reflect our success rate of making a model (ie/ we can print this 86% successfully), which should help when you're preparing models for sale

Lots of great improvements this week, so let us know what you think!

April 9th Post your comments here
* Not just one, but multiple rejection reasons - so we can provide the most thorough and exhaustive list of to provide helpful, quality information.
* Wall thickness visualization comes to integrated checking - this means our checkers see what you see, a step towards even bigger tools!

April 2nd
* More tutorials - this time the first of a three part Ceramics tutorial
* Internal tool to better manage promo codes and discounts

March 26th
Product and Tech Summit in our New York office - no release, but a LOT of presentations, brainstorming and creative collaboration!

March 19th Post your comments here
* We have published the first of a slew of thorough, in-depth, tutorials aimed at educating 3D modelers to become better product designers
* Our 3D Design and Modeling Tools page has undergone a huge upgrade to include a wide variety of both free and commercial software
* As we run the Print It Anyway pilot, we want to make sure that this positive experience for our designers and what we learn from your PIA orders carries over to our regular Shapeways experience. To provide better context and information to our 3D Printing Engineers while checking models that were previously PIA we're exposing the PIA success rate. This is crucial part of having this process, we ultimately want to improve the regular ordering process!
* Continuous improvements in our manufacturing process to make sorting orders easier.


March 6th Post your comments here
* We're launching Wall Thickness Fixing - and you thought Wall Thickness Visualization was good!
* Better Twitter cards - so when you tweet a product, you get all the details like the model description and the price
* Improvements to Print it Anyway, as you give us your feedback, we can keep improving the process

February 26th Post your comments here
* We're piloting PRINT IT ANYWAY Yes, this is what you think it is. Read on and let us know what you think!
* Login and signup is improved across the site and on mobile phones
* A better way to track late orders in our manufacturing tool

February 19th Post your comments here
* Faster lead times for Raw and Polished Silver to the US and Canada.
* Beta Users: Exciting new feature on one of our recent tools!
* SEO improvements on the alt-text of model images, helping your models get found in google searches
* Internal production improvements to our manufacturing process

February 12th Post your comments here
* [b] MAYBE button in checking! In our ongoing effort to reduce rejections this button will mean a second person will take a look at your model before we decide to print it.
* [b] Two VERY exciting internal features that will be released to our Beta group likely next week. Once we're done with testing we can't wait to share this!!
* [b] A great new video tutorial for beginner 3d modelers
* [b] Part count on your model edit page

February 5th Post your comments here
* [b] Improved shopper rejections emails - now featuring the ability to contact your customer if they get a rejection!
* [b] We have made several incremental improvements (bug fixes) to model upload and edit pages
* [b] The website loads faster!

January 29th Post your comments here
* [b] New Materials Guidelines Pages
* [b] Improvements in the software that helps our 3DP Engineers with continuous checking calibration, which is a step towards more consistent rejections.

January 23rd Post your comments here
* [b] Estimated Delivery Dates for All Countries
* [b] Beta Users: Sneak Peek into Design updates
* [b] Fulfillment Continuous Improvements

January 15th Post your comments here
* [b] Photoshop and Shapeways integrate! Woo! Read all about it
* [b] Email preferences combined onto one account page in your profile - now its easier to manage your email address and preferences
* [b] Bug fixes to Wall thickness visualization, default image display and the "polished grey steel" as default bug

January 8th Post your comments here
* [b] Wall Thickness Check for ALL models read more about it and post your feedback here!
* [b] Model Edit Page improvement: photo vs. render, chose material rather than all selected by default, floating save button

[Updated on: Wed, 14 January 2015 18:17 UTC]


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 Topic: Weekly Release Notes: January 15th - Photoshop& Shapeways, bug fixes
Weekly Release Notes: January 15th - Photoshop& Shapeways, bug fixes [message #83291] Thu, 16 January 2014 16:04 UTC
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Today's big news is the Photoshop & Shapeways integration! Read all about how you can now easily add color to 3D models using photoshop!

Todays release also included some bug fixes:
Email preferences We consolidated all email actions onto the Email Preferences page so there is now one location for you to change your email address and update your email preferences. We also fixed a small bug on the opt-out page where the social media icons were not being displayed properly.
Wall Thickness Visualization fix - no longer "loading" on older models
Default image not showing up on shop - now fixed. Model default image shows correctly on My Model page now.
No longer showing Polished Grey Steel as default material for all model at My Model page. Default material are now displaying correct for model at My Model page.

[Updated on: Thu, 16 January 2014 17:22 UTC]


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