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Portal 2 FCS print, a bit disappointed at the quality [message #61033] Tue, 29 January 2013 20:41 UTC Go to previous message
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Hi Shapeways community,

My latest order arrived today and this was my first print using full colour sandstone (FCS from here on out). When I saw this, I couldn't help but feel disappointed with my print as it seemed to have very heavy frosting/noise and I was hoping any veterans using FCS could advise me before I contact shapeways customer service.

As mentioned, it's my first print in FCS so it's possible I'm setting my expectations too high, but when I look at other people's pictures, it seems to just make me think this isn't quite right.

For instance, nervousSystem posted up this recently ( http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=12598& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp;start=0&).
There's also this one by Ad-Edge ( http://www.shapeways.com/forum/index.php?t=msg&th=11846& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp;start=0&).
The colours are very nice/consistent throughout and there is far less "frosting" than I see on mine (even in the dark areas on their models it seems).

Below are some pictures and little blurbs that highlight what I am trying to illustrate in the picture. I've included some hi-res links also so you can get a better look if you need it. The noise/frosting does come out fractionally more in the pictures I do have to say, but it's not wildly out from what it is like in real life.

Scale is approx 10cm x 10cm x 1cm

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8Pq_oC1JkKw/UQgtY3PzyDI/AAAAAAAAAdg/N90nBLTCnwE/s640/DSC_7747.jpg
Hi-res link
Lot's of "frosting" throughout the model. Especially noticable on the dark areas.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YaqlZ2uP3x0/UQgtYcWuv3I/AAAAAAAAAdU/HdCGOw_rHWo/s640/DSC_7749.jpg
Hi-res link
Another angle, just for comparative reasons. Again showing the heavy frosting all over the model.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4JB8TTIqw58/UQgtZHzSxSI/AAAAAAAAAdk/-bayNbLZnEI/s640/DSC_7756.jpg
Hi-res link
In this picture I wanted to try and photo the angled edge on the red portion of the model. I'm not sure if the picture picks it up, but in real life, it has a somewhat yellow tinge to all that frosting/noise on the angular side of the red portion.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nDsOAm6j6xI/UQgtaqiX_eI/AAAAAAAAAd0/02xYkPC4b6g/s640/DSC_7758.jpg
Hi-res link
This is more focused on the flat red portion

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3B366SPntfw/UQgtbY6X52I/AAAAAAAAAeE/FIdWlXCUptA/s640/DSC_7763.jpg
Hi-res link
Finally, a shot of the entire model.

I really appreciate any feedback anyone has on this.
Thanks!

[Updated on: Mon, 15 April 2013 20:45 UTC]


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