Now taking questions for the 7.20.11 Shapeways Live

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ana_xyz, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. ana_xyz
    ana_xyz New Member
    Hey all,

    Tomorrow Shapeways Live is back, and this is where you can post any of the questions you'd like me to answer on air. Materials, lead times, new developments, you name it.

    This has been an extremely eventful month for the community, and I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you guys.

    For those who may be joining for the first time, please be aware that I will not be answering specific support-related questions about individual orders, but instead focusing on the conversation and updates that effect the whole community.

    See you tomorrow at 2pm New York time/8pm Netherlands time!

    - Ana

  2. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
  3. GWMT
    GWMT New Member
  4. MitchellJetten
    MitchellJetten Shapeways Employee CS Team
    Hi Scott,

    before Ana will have your question in the shapeways live meeting, i can allready answer a part of it.

    At the moment you can't design your model in a way that it won't happen.
    From what I can see it's because of the printing direction, and also because of the wax (support material)

    We are still looking for the answers as well
    -Why are some parts yellow, others not?
    -Why are some parts white, others not?

    But I hope to give you some better answers as soon as possible!

    Mitchell Jetten
  5. Losang
    Losang New Member
    The build size for silver (150 x 150 x 30mm) is a little restrictive on the 30mm axis. Any chance of a more uniform size? Also, would it be possible to use the same wax to metal casting process to create the same high detail in stainless steel or other metals, even gold?
  6. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know the results of the introduction of Polished White Strong and Flexible:
    - was it successful?
    - did you have a lot of issues (parts breaging during polishing for instance)?
    - will Shapeways soon offer Dyed Strong and Flexible?
    - will the Polished option apply soon to Alumide too?

  7. Bunrattypark
    Bunrattypark New Member
    Yes, polished WSF is my material of choice, so I'd be interested to know any issues Shapeways have with it, and where you see it going in the future.
  8. Evan
    Evan New Member
    Are you gonna add Mammoth stereolithography someday to build large objects?

    The build area of the largest mammoth machine is 2100x700x800 mm

    And it would be great if you could add a process like does. For myself I would prefer doing everything on a 3 print at the same place.

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  9. randomblink
    randomblink New Member
    Food Grade Options?
    - If I wanted to make dishes to eat out of but not use ceramic, will there soon be more options?

    3D Image Filetypes?
    - Will Shapeways be supporting more filetypes? I use program XYZ to make my 3D files and Shapeways doesn't support it (yet) and I was wondering if they were planning to?

  10. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    @RandomBlink - I think the only new format for 3D printing is AMF, see Shapeways - AMF, blog entry, practically everything else can be converted to the pretty much industry standard STL file with the right free/share-ware or plugins. As it is Shapeways offers more choice of upload format than competitors.

  11. Magic
    Magic Well-Known Member
    And AMF does allow multi-material printing.
    Question: is it something that Shapeways' printers could already do (mixing White Detail with Transparent Detail for instance)?
  12. CGD
    CGD New Member
    And I would like to know about the half smooth/half rough issue of FUD prints. Will Shapeways be able to get rid of that?

    And whether Shapeways will further consider a less brittle FUD material? The detail of FUD is good, but the brittleness caused too much damage during post-production.

  13. CGD
    CGD New Member
    Also, the verification process takes much longer after uploading models nowadays. Sometimes it takes hours. Any chance speeding that up?

  14. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    GCD - if you were talking about yesterday, sorry, that was probably my fault. I was testing out some chain maille uploads, finding out where the limit was on number of rings vs number of triangles... and I will be doing some more in the future :twisted:
  15. CGD
    CGD New Member
    If you were also doing that for the past week, I'll forgive you if you send me one set of chainmail. :D

  16. tebee
    tebee Well-Known Member
    I managed to miss this one as my line had gone down - is it going to be posted online at some point ?
  17. Evan
    Evan New Member
    missed it too :[
  18. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
  19. ana_xyz
    ana_xyz New Member
    Yep, thank you Paul!

    For those who watched or checked out the recording, what did you guys think of the structure? I've been trying to find the right balance of being collaborative, and keeping things organized during SW live. Interested in hearing your opinions. :)