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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!

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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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Forum: Suggestions
 Topic: Adding money code identifiers to invoice
Adding money code identifiers to invoice [message #94924] Tue, 29 July 2014 19:27 UTC
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I've been trying to ferret out if I have or have not used a money code from a contest to help pay for an order. The invoices do not seem to include much information when these codes are used other than they have been applied to the order. Some invoices include a descriptor such as "SW money", but I think those are for discount periods when a materials are sale priced or other promotions. In my particular case the code I tried to use was listed as invalid OR expired so I'm not sure what the exact deal is.

Anyway, at the very least it would be nice to include award code numbers, or additional information for other types of promotional credit when used on the invoice so you can verify what has been used. Also if credits expire it would be nice to know those dates upon issuance.
 Topic: Optimise the site for mobile platform ?
Optimise the site for mobile platform ? [message #94859] Mon, 28 July 2014 14:37 UTC
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Like using http://getbootstrap.com/ ?!


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 Topic: Models management / deleting
Models management / deleting [message #94806] Sat, 26 July 2014 23:04 UTC
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Hi!

I often have multiple revisions of a model, or older stuff I want to get rid of, but deleting and cleaning up unwanted models can be rather annoying.
Mostly because if it's not on page one in the list, after you delete a model on let's say page 7, it will reload to page 1. Then you have to go back to page 7 and fine the other models you wanted to delete and go back to where you were each time.

It would be nice if the window would stay on the same page after deleting instead of always reloading to the first page or at least not automatically refreshing the page.
Maybe additionally, it would be nice to have a "delete" mode where checkboxes would appear and you could check all the models you want to delete and then delete all at once.
If possible, manual sorting via drag and drop would be very neat.

Best regards,
Nik
 Topic: Exclude admin pageviews of model pages
Exclude admin pageviews of model pages [message #94761] Fri, 25 July 2014 20:06 UTC
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Hello,

I noticed Google Analytics tracks pageviews when I am logged in with my shop owner account. Would be great to make this optional as this distorts my stats.
 Topic: Specifying markup directly no longer possible
Specifying markup directly no longer possible [message #94702] Fri, 25 July 2014 05:35 UTC
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Hello,

I just noticed how the markup input changed on the model edit page. Now, we have to specify the total price instead of the markup, and the markup is calculated auto.

I liked the previous input method better, where I had to specify the markup in an input field and the total price was calculated. Could this be brought back, or the current one changed so either the total price or the markup can be specified?

PS: Also, in case Shapeways decreases price due to advancing tech, Shapeways could easily recalculate the price based on the markup.

[Updated on: Fri, 25 July 2014 05:41 UTC]

 Topic: Label ceramics as "not frost-safe" on materials page
Label ceramics as "not frost-safe" on materials page [message #93945] Mon, 14 July 2014 22:33 UTC
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as per this posting by bluelinegecko.
 Topic: Add this 3D software to the 3D software list
Add this 3D software to the 3D software list [message #93682] Thu, 10 July 2014 04:13 UTC
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MeshMixer -> Good for beginners made by a freelancer , now owned by Autodesk http://meshmixer.com/ and it is FREE

I personally use Blender 3D , but I think MeshMixer it is good for all ages , being a sculpting and combining software.

It is like Sculptris with steroids! :)


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 Topic: Cloisonné enamel for metallic objects
Cloisonné enamel for metallic objects [message #93147] Tue, 01 July 2014 17:19 UTC
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It's an article that appeared on Blendernation that gave me the idea... A blender user designed medals in 3D. But my guess is that they where handpainted after.

http://www.blendernation.com/2014/06/30/designing-an-air-for ce-commanders-coin-using-open-source-software/

But it got me thinking there might be a way to add color to medals or jewels printed by shapeways using the cloisonné enamel method described in this wikipedia entry :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitreous_enamel

Basically, colored glass powder is put where you wish to add color and then put in a oven where the powder fuse into a smooth glass panel.

Some cloisonné jewels are quite remarkable when it comes to vividness of colour.
http://www.afmetalsmith.com/contents/details/cloissmile.html

So... Just putting the idea here in case someone @Shapeways find it to be feasible with their current hardware.
 Topic: Affiliate Marketing Program for Shapeways
Affiliate Marketing Program for Shapeways [message #93041] Mon, 30 June 2014 15:17 UTC
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I am thinking about going to Affiliate Summit in New York City this August. I am interest in learning how affiliate marketing can help promote my Shapeways shop. Does anyone know if Shapeways is working on a affiliate marketing program?

http://www.affiliatesummit.com


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 Topic: search options need to be more flexible
search options need to be more flexible [message #92712] Wed, 25 June 2014 14:16 UTC
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Need to be able to search using multiple levels of categories I.e. models, trains, n scale, mow. Within lowest level of category, need to sort by newly added items or oldest items first.

If cannot add categories then at least add sorting for newest or oldest items first.
 Topic: 2D-3D stud earrings app
2D-3D stud earrings app [message #92002] Mon, 16 June 2014 13:52 UTC
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I think it would be cool and (supposedly) not very difficult, to create an app that allows people to design 2D models and put them in 3D, like the one Shapeways already has, with the addition of an option to insert the 'stick' for stud earrings or even the piece used for handcuffs. I think the idea could become really popular and at least I would like to use it :) (I know it's not difficult to do it myself in 3D but sometimes sizes drive me crazy XD).
 Topic: Material suggestion
Material suggestion [message #91597] Mon, 09 June 2014 12:09 UTC
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Is there a specific reason COPPER isn't an available Shapeways material? I think it's more attractive than brass, and not as easily tarnished.
 Topic: Make the Search button for Forums more obvious.
Make the Search button for Forums more obvious. [message #91204] Wed, 04 June 2014 13:37 UTC
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This is a relatively minor suggestion. It would be handy if the Shapeways Search box, which leads to shopping options, were 'disappeared' from the Forums pages. The much smaller Forums search feature on the right disappears by comparison, leaving users [or me at least] to rummage through years of forum postings of distinctly varying relevance, before we eventually find it.
 Topic: Make changes in design guidelines obvious.
Make changes in design guidelines obvious. [message #91202] Wed, 04 June 2014 13:34 UTC
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I have previously fallen foul of changes in design guidelines for strong and flexible plastic. [For the later instance, see the posting " Step line in large models."]

This earlier instance involves small dyed prints. I acknowledge that the models involved, again human/ devil figures, are not too easy to get powder out of. Nevertheless, my experience has been that a couple of months ago some [not all] could be dyed successfully, while some could not. I was contacted about the powder problem with these prints, cancelled those that could not be dyed, improved the model's escape holes, and re-submitted the adjusted model. This time, the prints were simply cancelled by Shapeways. And then I noticed another passage in the design rules, which, again, I think includes recent editing to emphasize difficulties with dyeing:

In products contain hollow cavities, they are often filled with powder even after they are removed from the build tray. If escape holes are not large enough, or the geometry of the product makes it difficult to shake or blast the powder out, we cannot successfully clean it. This is especially important for our water-based dyeing process as models cannot be successfully dyed if they cannot be successfully cleaned inside and out. To ensure a successful, cleanable product, make sure to include sufficiently large escape holes for each hollow cavity in your product. Multiple escape holes are recommended for large hollow parts. A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape; so, multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity are recommended. If your escape holes are insufficient, try enlarging them, adding more, or filling in the hollow space.

So, I am left to infer that things once possible are now deemed not possible, with the rules adjusted to reflect this.

Now I can appreciate that Shapeways is turning out prints at high volume, and that its economics therefore require that not too much time be spent on fiddling with any one print. I can appreciate that production problems will emerge as the sorts of models ordered evolve – more people will try large prints as they become familiar with the process, more people will want relatively complex dyed prints, and so on.

So if Shapeways encounters production limitations of this sort, and chooses not to solve them (I hope, not to solve them immediately), you might at least give people clear warning that the rules – the 'fine print' – has changed.

Not in some general statement, not buried in months of forum postings, but in a prominent button labelled 'CHECK HERE FOR RECENT CHANGES IN DESIGN RULES' which goes to a full, dated, list of the changes. I think this will make life easier, or at least lessen customer irritation.
 Topic: Ceramic post support during firing
Ceramic post support during firing [message #88469] Fri, 25 April 2014 04:57 UTC
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I was wondering if it would be possible to optionally support a ceramic during firing in the kiln with some kind of ceramic support post or rod. This would allow top heavy designs or designs with relatively narrow bases to be be fired without falling over in the kiln. It would also allow complex designs to be properly glazed on the bottom surfaces except for where the post support hole is located. (The support hole could always be plugged or filled later.) You might need to establish some standards such as specific support hole diameters and depths, support post height options, and a maximum value for the height of the ceramic design when placed on the support posts.

For example, here's a design of a small cup shown cut in half. You would want the top edge to be glazed so you can drink out of it but obviously it would want to fall over without a supporting post stuck in the bottom cavity at the narrow end.

index.php?t=getfile&id=57974&private=0

 Topic: loads of favorites...
loads of favorites... [message #87701] Fri, 11 April 2014 12:26 UTC
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Hello Shapeways,

I'm suffering from a variant of GAS (*): there's so much good stuff on Shapeways, that my Favorites is becoming unmanageable.

How about introducing a tag concept so that I can bring some order in this madness? Currently, 'Favorites' and 'Wishlist' could become two such tags.

But I would also like to order my favorites by (just an example) color, type, material, price category and general category (and other criteria), or for example by 'order now','order next week', 'great', ...

Rgds,

-alex-

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edit added: especially when one sees that models get tagged a volonté - but by the designers.
(sorry, wasn't aware of the Suggestions forum - thx)

[Updated on: Fri, 11 April 2014 19:20 UTC]

 Topic: Material Status page updates
Material Status page updates [message #87014] Mon, 31 March 2014 20:08 UTC
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I think it would be nice if the material status page was updated more regularly, and/or contained a notice when to expect the next update.
Case in point - is Ceramics still delayed (indefinitely?) by unspecified machine issues two weeks after the notice was posted ?
 Topic: "Musical Instruments" category for shop?
"Musical Instruments" category for shop? [message #86483] Thu, 20 March 2014 19:40 UTC
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Hi there,

I have just posted a penny whistle for sale on Shapeways.

Is there any chance you could add a "Musical Instruments" category, for models like this. There are a few musical instruments on Shapeways now, it'd be a good category to have.

All the best

Donald Lindsay
 Topic: The future?
The future? [message #86229] Fri, 14 March 2014 18:26 UTC
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Have a watch, http://youtu.be/EENfQ90OXVc

Stratasys' multimaterial technology has been around for a looong time now.
Can this 3DP technology be incorporated into Shapeways list of materials?
If so, you know that the 1 million triangle limit needs to increase 2, 3 or even 5 fold to make this possible.

Will this be in Shapeways future?

Paul


 Topic: Urgent to can delete the 3d public view
Urgent to can delete the 3d public view [message #86126] Wed, 12 March 2014 12:14 UTC
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Hi.

3d rotating public view is working wrong in some full color models.

It's necessary to can delete this wrong view from the list of photos in the model page.

I'm reporting this bug in the appropiate section of the forum

https://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&goto=861 25#msg_86125

and finally Mitchell Jetten admits this is running odd.

Best thing is that this runs ok in the end, but if we can delete it, then we can choose.

regards

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 Topic: Primered/Sealed WSF
Primered/Sealed WSF [message #85702] Sun, 02 March 2014 19:10 UTC
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We know that WSF's porous nature makes it a little finicky when it comes to painting your models. Primer coats are a must, and many shapers have also suggested applying a sealant, such as floor wax to make the outside watertight.

So I'm wondering, would it be reasonable for shapeways to offer primered or sealed WSF models so that painters can skip that step? I feel like Shapeways' factory of the future should have access to more advanced materials and techniques than a lone hobbyist such as myself would, or at least be able to provide the outer coating at a cheaper rate due to economies of scale.
 Topic: Website suggestions
Website suggestions [message #85646] Sat, 01 March 2014 09:19 UTC
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Over the last couple of months I have twice placed an order, cancelled it, then placed (and went through with) another one. There are a couple of things that I found very irritating:
- there is no way to suppress the "not for sale" entries. Wading through 30 or 60 pages of stuff and having half of them not for sale is frustrating. Even just being able to sort them to the end of the list would be an improvement.
- the "store credit available" field in the ordering dialog is very small and easy to miss - I certainly did the first time round, and effectively ended up paying twice after cancelling my first order. I eventually used this credit for my second order, so no harm done in the end. Making it much more visible, or a popup asking whether to use it or even always using it by default would be a great help.
 Topic: All Section on Shops
All Section on Shops [message #85323] Mon, 24 February 2014 00:00 UTC
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Let us hide it if we don't want it. Since you have to make everything public in order to do some types of code the all section is a cluttered mess. Either that or bring back the ability to choose material at checkout so we can use the app that is in the lab for those of us with multiple sizes of models.
 Topic: Orientation
Orientation [message #85208] Fri, 21 February 2014 16:03 UTC
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Currently I understand that the orientation chosen by Shapeways is to get the best loading , which presumably means the most economical. How about charging a premium for choosing your own orientation ?
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