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There's nothing more exciting than taking a design on your screen and holding it in your hands for the first time. It's also a crucial step to ensure that what you had on your screen can actually be made. While we would love to turn any design into a 3D printed product, we've learned over the years that even 3D printing has its limits (we're not immune the laws of physics). To increase transparency and set the right expectations for you and your customers, new products in your shop that haven't been printed with a high degree of confidence get a 'First To Try' badge. Enlist your friends and fans to help you make the idea a reality!
One of the most critical steps in designing a great product is iteration: tweaking a product to perfection by testing and refining the design. You don't have to be alone in the creative process! With the support of your friends and fans, you can share your product with the world and get the feedback you need by putting your product in Beta. Ask for feedback on how it fits, whether they like the design, or anything else you have questions about. More and more, people want to be a part of the creative process -- let them join you.
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Bringing more transparency to designers about the unique production processes at Shapeways. We now show you how many times we have successfully made a product in each material, and how many times we attempted to make something but were unsuccessful. Better feedback, better products.
We've improved our renders to accurately reflect the material and finish that your customer can expect. This helps you visualize the product even better before you get it in your hands, and helps your customers imagine what your brand new products will look life once they have been created!
When your product has First To Try materials enabled, your customers will see a different set of choices on your product page. They will also see digital render of your product.
When you're offering your product in Beta, all your material options will be under the Beta header. You can explain why you're in Beta with the customizable message prominently displayed above the Buy Now Button.
After purchase, you can engage with your customers to get feedback on your Beta product, from fit to color options. You can keep them posted on the development of your product and build a community of supporters to build your products, together.
Because of their rarity, Gold and Platinum are top choices for fine jewelry.
Silver rounds out our suite of precious metals at varied price points.
With several finishes, steel provides a great yet affordable look.
Our nylon is colorful, lightweight, and incredibly versatile.
We'll 3D print a wax model, for you to cast into any metal.