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 Topic: shop design diversity and link from youtube annotation
shop design diversity and link from youtube annotation [message #144324] Sun, 01 May 2016 11:27 UTC
avatar wata  is currently offline wata
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it would be nice if we can change shop design .
for example , changing n * m matrix ,size of picture ,
background (not only banner) ,font , etc.

and i hope youtube annotation link to my shapeways shop .

thank you for reading , sorry my poor english.

wata
 Topic: Unique Description Text for Each Shop Section
Unique Description Text for Each Shop Section [message #144014] Fri, 29 April 2016 18:13 UTC
avatar patmat2350  is currently offline patmat2350
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... would be very much appreciated! A big enough area to discuss the unique points of what I have in each section. Otherwise, I am compelled to bury this in the item descriptions in that section, and repeat it inside EACH item. This = Pain.
 Topic: Photos only option
Photos only option [message #143847] Thu, 28 April 2016 17:28 UTC
avatar berubewood  is currently offline berubewood
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I was thinking it would be nice if shoppers could click on a box that would filter results to only show items with an actual photo. That way, people who put the effort into printing and photographing their work don't have to get lost in a sea of renders on the results pages. Just a thought. :-)

Thanks!
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 Topic: Brass and Bronze Hardness?
Brass and Bronze Hardness? [message #143274] Sun, 24 April 2016 13:34 UTC
avatar patmat2350  is currently offline patmat2350
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Shapeways: Can you add typical HARDNESS values to your descriptions of brass and bronze? Your foundry should have immediate access to this information.

I believe the bronze to be harder... brass is definitely dead soft in the as-cast condition. I actually have a hard time gripping it in my milling machine's vise- even solid sections squash and deform when clamped up in the vise.
 Topic: Material Status page
Material Status page [message #143003] Thu, 21 April 2016 11:20 UTC
avatar mkroeker  is currently offline mkroeker
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I just noticed that the status page still has the discontinued "Full Color Plastic" as "shipping on schedule" (last entry), might want to change that to "temporarily unavailable" ?
 Topic: Silicone or Other More Flexible Material
Silicone or Other More Flexible Material [message #142115] Tue, 12 April 2016 18:43 UTC
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What is the likelihood of ever being able to print in a material that is more elastic than the current "best" offering, elasto plastic?

One of the objects I'd like to start selling is almost like a "sleeve" for an already existing household product, so in a sense it fits over it and has to have some give to conform to it's shape. A more flexible material would also make it much easier to put it on and take it off which is a necessary factor.

Please let me know if something like this is currently on the horizon and I'll be patient :-)
 Topic: First to Try Status
First to Try Status [message #139768] Wed, 23 March 2016 21:26 UTC
avatar MountainShaper  is currently offline MountainShaper
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I have just enabled sales of my models in Coated Full Color Sandstone. I was surprised to see that they all appear under a First to Try heading. This doesn't seem right as they have all been printed several times in Full Color Sandstone and the printing process is exactly the same with just an additional manual coating process at the end.

Is it not possible to treat Full Color Sandstone and Coated Full Color Sandstone as the same material with regard to First to Try status?


Regards,

Mountainshaper


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 Topic: New Sub-category Suggestion
New Sub-category Suggestion [message #139680] Tue, 22 March 2016 20:52 UTC
avatar MountainShaper  is currently offline MountainShaper
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I have just re-categorised all my models. Miniatures is clearly the most appropriate category, but there is no appropriate sub-category for them. I did make a suggestion of a new sub-category in the box provided for this, which I hope will be acted upon.

I have suggested a "terrain model" sub-category once before. There are literally hundreds of models to which this would apply. An alternative name for this sub-category would be "relief model", but I think "terrain model" is preferable.

As well as my 15 MountainShapes models, there are 17 pages of terrain models from Terrainator and 8 pages of terrain models from TinyMtn, plus lots of other shops with fewer terrain models.

There is also quite a lot of jewelry that is based on terrain models of countries.

Please do consider this. I am not making many sales at the moment, possibly because people aren't aware of this type of 3D-printed model.

Thanks,

MountainShaper


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 Topic: Customer name in Sales review
Customer name in Sales review [message #139528] Sat, 19 March 2016 14:46 UTC
avatar czhunter  is currently offline czhunter
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Would it be possible to add Customer name in this table?

Sometimes I want to write a message to the customer and then I have to look for his name somewhere in e-mails.
It is probably possible to find it somewhere else, but to have it here, that for me is the place, where it makes most sense.

Martin

[Updated on: Sat, 19 March 2016 14:49 UTC]

 Topic: Add Centimeter Option on Upload
Add Centimeter Option on Upload [message #139224] Mon, 14 March 2016 17:24 UTC
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I do most of my modeling in centimeters and it drives me nuts that I have no option for it when uploading a new model to my shop. I always have to wait for it to load, then click scale and choose CM from the menu and click ok. Would make things alot faster if CM was just added to the available options upon uploading... right now you only got MM, Inches, and Meters.
 Topic: Shopowner defined default photo text overlays
Shopowner defined default photo text overlays [message #138157] Tue, 01 March 2016 21:42 UTC
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There are times that having the ability to lay some text over a model's default photo or all photos and renders might be helpful. I'm thinking various short comments like

3 sizes available
designed for porcelain
solid
hollow
1mm or 2mm walls
8 options inside
3 loops sizes inside
5 phrase options inside
in development
prototype
more than X sold so far
most popular store item

If not on the photos and renders maybe adding a line just below the photo for the additional comments. (And perhaps the Customize banner for CustomMaker parts could also be moved below he photo/render so the photos aren't obscured.) Some of these would complement the new variant thing being worked on, or displace it in the case of having multiple dimensions of variant types (such as diameter and wall thickness and material options) when a simple variant tool won't do the trick. In other cases it gives the customer a quick idea of whatever might be different or unique about the part. Such extra information could in theory be added to the model title but that bloats the title.





 Topic: My Creations
My Creations [message #137573] Mon, 22 February 2016 19:28 UTC
avatar shawn_halayka  is currently offline shawn_halayka
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When I go to my home page https://www.shapeways.com/designer/shawn_halayka I see my Activity first, instead of my Creations. Can anyone change it back to showing Creations first? Please and thank you.

[Updated on: Mon, 22 February 2016 19:34 UTC]

 Topic: progress bar in upload process
progress bar in upload process [message #137081] Tue, 16 February 2016 12:30 UTC
avatar MartinBoom  is currently offline MartinBoom
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would you be so kind, shapeways, to add a progress bar o some sort of numeric indicator of how much of the file is actually uploaded?
i know, i know, your limit for hiperhighspeed connections is so small (64mb) but not in every country that kind of speed is available nor currentely working smoothly. SO! that would be a huge help. and since your service goes down every now and then. it would be useful to know where the file stuck.

PLEASE! (or is there any other way to upload * ftp etc etc?)

cheers

martin


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 Topic: Porcelain Glazing Technique
Porcelain Glazing Technique [message #137012] Mon, 15 February 2016 15:21 UTC
avatar FEEDMEEEEE  is currently offline FEEDMEEEEE
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Hi Shapeways,

Would it be possible to get porcelain products sprayed with the glazes instead of dipped in the glazes? The finish would look so nice and smooth!

It would be really amazing to be able to request porcelain products to be sprayed or dipped?

I would love to be able to have the glaze sprayed with a nice even finish on a product and then have a small part of the same product dipped in a different glaze, offering a two colour porcelain product to customers. This would be so cool!

Kind regards,
Terry


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 Topic: message sending to severel users
message sending to severel users [message #136182] Wed, 03 February 2016 09:35 UTC
avatar Mohsen_Abbasi  is currently offline Mohsen_Abbasi
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Hello,

I wanted to send a message to my clients who wrote to me here, and they are a lot. So, I tried too write the user names with ;

After sending, I got something wrong, same with shapeways was offline. I clicked on the homepage and it works again. I checked the send folder and saw the message, without anything under "Recipient".

So, did it work, or not?

And when not, how to send the message to several users?

Best regards,
Mohsen Abbasi


Best regards, Mohsen Abbasi Kontakt@mabbasi.de www.mabbasi.de www.about.me/Mohsen_Abbasi
 Topic: Minor "Shop Setting" suggesting
Minor "Shop Setting" suggesting [message #136063] Mon, 01 February 2016 23:38 UTC
avatar Echoco  is currently offline Echoco
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The "Remove my shop" button is uncomfortable close to the "save" button.
I haven't licked it by accident yet but I don't want it to ever happen.
I know there is another button I have to click before the shop does get deleted but another layer of confirmation like needing to enter the password to confirm the decision will help me feel safer.

I hope this gets considered :)

[Updated on: Mon, 01 February 2016 23:40 UTC]


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 Topic: Free camera to generate renders
Free camera to generate renders [message #135269] Tue, 26 January 2016 12:17 UTC
avatar pinelas  is currently offline pinelas
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Hi!,

I think that would be great not limit the rotation of the camera to the axis selected when we are going to generate the renders of the product.

I have found that some products need more freedom to choose the right angle for the renders, like in the preview.
Also it allows play with pan and zoom. Thank you!

Regards,
Ricardo
 Topic: Model Train Category
Model Train Category [message #132762] Tue, 12 January 2016 15:24 UTC
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It would be nice if you can design your taxonomy to include the scale size for the Model Train category.
 Topic: ALUMINUM wire minimum?
ALUMINUM wire minimum? [message #131631] Thu, 07 January 2016 23:53 UTC
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The material guidelines for the new Aluminum SLM (hurray!) do not mention minimum wire diameter.
As I tend to make very wiry jewelry, I need to know this.
Thanks,
Weasel
 Topic: Auto Check for One Material Only?
Auto Check for One Material Only? [message #123563] Thu, 01 October 2015 12:20 UTC
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Any chance that the auto check can be changed to test for only one material?
For example, as I'm usually interested only in Full Color Sandstone, can the auto check
be run only on THAT material rather than testing on materials that I'm not interested in at the moment.?

Thanks!
Plumguy
 Topic: better shop organization
better shop organization [message #123562] Thu, 01 October 2015 11:28 UTC
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I have a suggestion to make this site easier for shoppers,

Create listings that have drop down menus to choose from different variations of models.

This would be useful in several different instances.

Such as rings.

Right now when you find a ring (size 10) but you are a size 6 you must go back to that person's shop and hope that you can find your size.

What if instead you were able to choose from a drop down menu what ring size you were.

This could potentially increase sales on shape ways as rings are items that are small and relatively cheap to print, so more people can afford them. If The only downside is that rings need sizing and the current layout of the site makes it hard for people to find them.

You also could provide alternative colorings for the same model. I'm doing dog pendants right now, If I could create a Pomeranian base model, then through a drop down offer different sandstone colorings for that model I might make more sales than if I had to create 12 different listings for each coloring of a Pomeranian. The user would have to search for my model, which Is a pain and some people would probably give up.

[Updated on: Thu, 01 October 2015 11:34 UTC]

 Topic: selling / material choice : remind printability there !
selling / material choice : remind printability there ! [message #121993] Mon, 31 August 2015 06:18 UTC
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When choosing which material to sell for an object, I have to go back and forth many times between the material tab and the sell tab.
(yes, I'm always near the limit since I like microdetails :-) )

Basically, the usefull column about printability (+link to issues) should be copied in the material array of the selling tab.

thanks,
 Topic: MyShop
MyShop [message #121967] Sun, 30 August 2015 14:17 UTC
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I struggle to find my own shop !
What about a MyShop link under my icon, or a Home page under SELL ?
 Topic: See The Shops I'm Following?
See The Shops I'm Following? [message #121961] Sun, 30 August 2015 12:27 UTC
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Is there any way to see all the shops I'm following? I realise I can see their latest activities in the feed, but this is dominated by active shops. When I'm shopping I like to see my favourite shops to find new things to buy. It's odd because sites like Etsy and eBay let you see BOTH your favourite shops and their latest items. It's very strange to only show a feed and not a list - like Facebook only showing the news feed and not being able to see your friends.
 Topic: ambiguous explanation in web page "how we pay"
ambiguous explanation in web page "how we pay" [message #121850] Fri, 28 August 2015 07:27 UTC
avatar FabriceN  is currently offline FabriceN
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1: in https://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/shops/how-we-pay

first it is said in the "big picture":
"Markups are paid when the total you've earned (minus the fee) is greater than US$30."

but it is said in the before last point of the FAQ:
"We include the markup fee when we are counting whether your total markup reaches the US$30 minimum. "

E.g., one of my product has a $30.18 total markup (for precious metal), minus 1.06 fee -> it falls below the threshold... or not ?

2: Note that the email I received said "total: " for what was indeed the total markup minus the fee, so... not the total.


3: we can enter our pricings in either Euros or Dollars. But the rate of currency fluctuates.
-> So, is the price maintained in its origin currency ? or is the price setting just a currency-to-dollar converter then the reference price is the dollar version ?

thanks !

 Topic: New Feature: Manage And Show Products In Folder
New Feature: Manage And Show Products In Folder [message #121782] Thu, 27 August 2015 09:52 UTC
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On Deviantart, at the gallery, I can feature arts in the main page. And I can manage art in folder, folder in folder, split topic...
http://phnghue.deviantart.com/gallery/
I think it will be better, faster, easier to find products if we apply this feature to Shapeways.
The shop will be more professional.

[Updated on: Thu, 27 August 2015 09:53 UTC]


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 Topic: grouping of PM
grouping of PM [message #121721] Wed, 26 August 2015 13:25 UTC
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Idea that came up while i was checking new PM icon. (which is nice BTW)
Are you planing for grouping messages that belong to one "chat" (like gmail is doing it). Between same users with same title. So we can see all communication in one log?
Currently if i am replying and i want to quote something from previous messages it is complicated to find it. Especially if buried on page 3 (for example)


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 Topic: Set front shop section instead of show ALL!
Set front shop section instead of show ALL! [message #121702] Wed, 26 August 2015 01:25 UTC
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Hi guys! Can we Designes have the option to select a section to be the front of our shop ? What do you guys think ? So the "first to try" , "beta products" can be viewed in separate section and stuff ?
Like "Designers Favorite" section -> front shop , then under that section "all sections" . "custom section a" etc...
I can make a section but I can`t set it up to be my SHOP first in order to people to see.
We have a lots of features on Shapeways like materials "plastics" vs "metals" having this option make designer chose what to show first and make the user not so scared by seeing bunch of things up but still access bunch of things up in the "all sections" section.


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 Topic: Coupon codes
Coupon codes [message #121685] Tue, 25 August 2015 19:54 UTC
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Can Shapeways add the ability for a designer to create coupon codes, similar to the function on Etsy? This can help with knowing what marketing is working best, giving different coupon codes in digent places, as well as giving incentives for people to order early, particularly custom products before the holiday season.
 Topic: Nitride titanium plating
Nitride titanium plating [message #121657] Tue, 25 August 2015 09:03 UTC
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Hi,

Can Shapeways add gold-plating by Nitride titanium to all metallic (or to other materials if possible)? This type of "gold-plating" is really wearable even on steel because Nitride titanium is very hard and wear-resistant and used by best Swiss watch brands.
 Topic: Please move the video into the image carousel
Please move the video into the image carousel [message #121574] Sat, 22 August 2015 16:31 UTC
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Hello,

At the moment, the Youtube video is at the very bottom of the page after the description. Could this video be moved to the image carousel?
 Topic: Auto-assign tags and main description
Auto-assign tags and main description [message #121502] Thu, 20 August 2015 15:09 UTC
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Hi,

Now you can add shop sections, assign models to it and... done. I suggest add to all sections "main description" and "main tags". How it would be works?

As example, on https://www.shapeways.com/shops/amalham?section=Pandora%27s+ Charms&s=0 section I could add main description about Pandora charms and my techniques presented in this section. Also I could add main tags for all charms, (as example Panguver Amalham, Pandora, Generative, Charm, Bracelet, silver, gold, platinum) and I will no need enter such information for each listing separately. In listing (as result) will become additional description before current (personal) description of listing and all "main tags" in addition to "personal" tags on model.

It's great way for really fast adding descriptions and tags to similar products.
 Topic: coherence and redundancy in object lists ( web interface issues)
coherence and redundancy in object lists ( web interface issues) [message #121490] Thu, 20 August 2015 09:22 UTC
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There are 4 lists of my objects.
I guess it is at least 1 too much (#3 or #4). Moreover the browsing access to these pages is quite heterogeneous, and the purpose of inventory is kind of mysterious.

- my public designer page https://www.shapeways.com/designer/FabriceN
( access hidden in rightMenu/publicProfile )

- my shop page https://www.shapeways.com/shops/fabrix3d
( no direct access from either the rightMenu or the sell page: one has to go to publicProfile then shop )

- the main list of models https://www.shapeways.com/mymodels
( accessed through "make" or rightMenu/Models : good )

- the inventory https://www.shapeways.com/shop/inventory/
( strangely it is accessed through "sell" despite most of what's here won't appear in the shop )
strangely despite some notForSale and notPublic objects appear, it is only a subset of the whole list with a different presentation.
strangely various settings that can be set for notInShop objects but often ignored.
Visibility through publicProfile (or shop) is set here, but strangely the order of presentation don't seem to be used for the profile list of objects.
 Topic: various suggestions about the painful web interface (edit model & pricing)
various suggestions about the painful web interface (edit model & pricing) [message #121489] Thu, 20 August 2015 09:17 UTC
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- selecting every materials to sell is a pain.
-> please add buttons 'select all' 'unselect all' 'revert', at least per sections of materials

- settling the pricing for all materials is a pain.
suggestion: propose a A + B.baseprice formula with custom A and B (globally or per sections of materials).
( conversely, I don't think a lot of people will use the option "one single price to rule them all" ;-) )

- in detail tab I can see default material and default image but only set the default image.
default material is hidden in pricing tab. should be setable in detail tab.

- In the detail list we are asked to name the material for each photo (and it is done in renderings).
But it does not show directly in the shop.
suggestion: left of right to the custom image caption, write the material name.

- image cropping: I guess you can find a js lib to do the cropping interactively. ;-)
- sometime we want a portrait format, not landscape.

- allow rotating point of view in 2 directions
 Topic: Suggestion: Manual Curation for related products
Suggestion: Manual Curation for related products [message #121403] Wed, 19 August 2015 03:35 UTC
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Often, the products of mine in the "related products" or "more from this designer" section of product pages are not ideal. The section seems equally likely to pick popular items as it is to pick unpopular ones. Especially for my most popular items, it makes sense to show either more pieces in the set, or other popular items of mine. It doesn't look very impressive when the "other products from this designer" are all unrelated to the product shown and only have material renders as pics.

I suggest that there be an option (checkbox-enabled) that allows the user to pick which items are shown in that section. That way, we can let the algorithm pick for us, or we can curate the section for best results if we want. Should be an easy change to make, everyone wins, everyone's happy. Seems like a good deal to me.


Shop: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/Nvenom8
 Topic: Suggest make very easy customization...
Suggest make very easy customization... [message #121306] Mon, 17 August 2015 16:42 UTC
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Hi all,

At present time everyone can make two customizations for model - manual and CustomMaker. I suggest add there EasyScaleTool. It's very easy instrument with clear algorithm. This tool will have single parameter - "current size". When designer will want add ability to scale his model by buyer, he must be set "current size" (as example, 64mm for any bracelet from my shop section https://www.shapeways.com/shops/amalham?section=Bracelets-pl astic&s=0 ) and... viola!

When any buyer will open any model with this customization, he can able set needed size as "needed size" parameter, see updated price and make order. As example, if buyer will set 68mm as needed size, SW will compute "k" of scale = 68/64=1.0625 Computed "k" of scale would be used for on-line updating of price.

If buyer will buy scaled print, SW will create the temporary copy of model with computed "k" of scale. After shipping these temporary copies would be deleted automatically.

In any case, if model becomes unprintable in some size, SW will reject it by "too small size" reason.

It easy tool could be modified later with pull-down lists of ring/bracelet sizes for all countries, but now SW can public a conversion table of such sizes.

This easy tool will very useful for sales of plastic rings and bracelets right now.

What do you think about?
 Topic: Linking or group by Assemblies
Linking or group by Assemblies [message #121158] Fri, 14 August 2015 17:55 UTC
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I build some of my parts as assemblies. For example, I have parts that I want to print in White, and have parts I want to print in frosted detail for translucency. The two types together could then be combined into an assembly. with a different color combination.
Can we have some sort of link, or grouping method, for assemblies that require multiple parts to be ordered?
I could always include a link, but a nice button with a picture would be awesome.

This would be useful for situations where to complete a build you need multiple parts.
Just a feature I would like.

Edit: Also this would be useful for prints that might not fit in the bounding box and need to be split.

[Updated on: Fri, 14 August 2015 19:41 UTC]


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 Topic: curious
curious [message #120885] Mon, 10 August 2015 18:31 UTC
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so? I'm new here and there was only one thing so far that I felt was cumbersome with the UI. cumbersome to the point of just wanting to walk away.

If i got an email from an artist in your system. why cant I click on this persons name to be directed to their shop?

so i tried the search function

doesnt actually work either. you cant search by artist. why?

am I asking to much?
 Topic: Suggestions on the user interface
Suggestions on the user interface [message #120308] Fri, 31 July 2015 05:52 UTC
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Hi,
I think finding products with different size (e.g. rings with large varirity of size) very difficult.

1. The product list is tiles of pictures. With name chopped. Very difficult to find a product with specific size suffix.

2. The site consider same product of different size different. There are no size options. I must go back to the tiles of pictures to find what I need.

Hope you can improve this
 Topic: Computational Hydrographic Printing
Computational Hydrographic Printing [message #119951] Sat, 25 July 2015 02:48 UTC
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I saw this amazing article while browsing around: http://www.wired.com/2015/05/crazy-way-add-intricate-color-3 -d-printed-creations/

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Hydrographic printing is a method where a color pattern is placed on the surface of water and an object to be colored is dunked into it, picking up the pattern. As the object breaks the surface tension, the pattern is distorted, but these researchers have found a way to calculate how this distortion will occur and can make patterns that will be applied to precisely the right part.

It seems perfect for 3D printing, all nice and automated. The flat coloration planes are essentially the way UV maps work, so it shouldn't represent any tremendous technical hurdles there. You'd probably need to have some program that bakes the UVs into a few projections that can be handled by the hydrographic instead of whatever configuration the original UVs are in. There'd probably need to be some extra rules about hollow areas or unconnected parts, but that wouldn't bother me.
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