joabaldwin@bgbdrand I've had mine for three years, with many people handling it, and it's never gotten dirty. You could always wash it with water anyway, unless you get wine, coffee, or something that will permanently stain it. It's super solid. Incredibly solid actually, I've dropped it on purpose a million times, it's a resilient material.
joabaldwin@Nick_Heymer it's worked great for some items for me, but only if the moving parts are loose enough to move around on their own. This puzzle is hard to turn at first, so at least one part of the sphere will be in tight contact with another part, and will not be colored, since the people coloring won't be spinning the puzzle while it's soaking.
joabaldwin@Nick_Heymer thanks! But I don't think the color would stick well enough, because of the proximity of the two concentric spheres, lots of areas will remain uncolored (had that issue with other models with moving parts before). I recommend just coloring at home with a dye.
joabaldwin@Ray716 so sorry Ray, I will have Shapeways fix this on their end, this last rejection is absolutely not right, it's human error somewhere in their manual checks. I'll send you your 4 prints for free from my account as soon as I get them to fix the issue, I'll send you a private message to get the information.
joabaldwin@Ray716 hey Ray, I had to do a small update to the model, it's 5% bigger now, that should stop Shapeways from rejecting it. It's again available for ordering. I kept the price the same, even though the new version is more expensive. I would like for you to be able to order it with the old price before I have to bring it up a bit to compensate. If I see you place the order I'll get the price changed a bit higher after that. Sorry for the delay!
joabaldwin@Ray716 I'm getting in touch with Shapeways now, they have been printing this design successfully since 2012 and now, just in time for Christmas, they suddenly reject it. I'll try to get it fixed with them in the next day or so. Deadline to order for Christmas shipping is Dec. 15th, so there is still time. Sorry about this delay, I think it's total BS :)
joabaldwin@sanshast that's your opinion, just because you don't think it's funny, it doesn't mean it is not to other people. I have a ton of messages of praise for it, and some of hate as well, and that's fine, it's not meant for everyone.
joabaldwin@sanshast ridiculous things are fine to be ridiculed, even if people believe them fervently. Joseph Smith was convicted for fraud for using this tiny rock to steal money from people, I think a chuckle in his honor is perfectly acceptable.