How can this 4cm² shape be 40$

Discussion in 'Design and Modeling' started by drownspire, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. drownspire
    drownspire New Member

    I made this simple character as a first test for Shapeways and it turned out really expensive ! I was wondering if you could point me what I did wrong there :)

    Thank you so much.

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  2. As far as I can tell, your model is solid, and Shapeways charges per cubic centimetre of material used. Judging by the size of your model, I'd say $40 sounds about right for an SWF print. But if you hollowed the model out (leaving a millimetre or two wall thickness all round and allowing a drainage hole for the excess material), you'd save yourself quite a bit.

  3. bitstoatoms
    bitstoatoms Member
    Hi there Downspire,

    Hollowing it out will make a considerable difference as Andy suggested.

  4. drownspire
    drownspire New Member
    Thanks :) It's still 35$ for something I was hoping to sell for about 15$ ^^

    Thanks a lot tho : )
  5. stannum
    stannum Well-Known Member
    With a rough inner ball to create a 2mm wall in the center the quote goes down to around 15; so with more time it could be be 1mm or 1.5mm walls, which would do for most materials, and save some extra dollars.

    First fix the non manifold vertices so other real problems are properly reported (let me guess... you used booleans?), then add the inner ball, flip the normals and connect the shells. Here is the stl of the two shells, you only have to create the connection so support can be removed.

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    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  6. drownspire
    drownspire New Member
    Cheers stanum :)

    I will give it a shot right away.