offer smaller scaled models?

Discussion in 'Shapeways Shops' started by universaljointNU, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. universaljointNU
    universaljointNU New Member
    Hi All.

    I have rather large models (they fit within130cm^3 envelope) and I would like to offer "mini" versions.

    Is there a way to do this without re-uploading all the models (there are 23) and re-uploading all the images, re-doing descriptions etc?

    Also, is there a way to offer the full series of "mini" 23 models as a collection and (perhaps) just do the upload once as a collection?

    I guess I could put them all in one file and upload them like that?

    - Jon
  2. bitstoatoms
    bitstoatoms Member
    Hi Jon,

    Unfortunately at the moment there is no scale option, the think was that it could really play havoc with an approved design failing due to decreased wall thickness when scaled down.

  3. Also, even if you only submitted the smallest possible version and scaled it up, the site would need to have a way of automatically working out the new volume of each possible upscaled version, so it could determine the price.

  4. universaljointNU
    universaljointNU New Member
    Thanks Andy and Duann,

    Super to have the help as I try and get up to speed.

    Can I ask you then if there are any creative ways to think about offering a series of models as a "collection". At the moment I am thinking of doing something a lot like the old plastic car models where you had parts that had to be twisted off a cylindrical "armature" that held all your parts.

    This way the models would all come together and they would have to be just twisted off the armature which you would discard. Is there a simpler way to sell a series of models if I scaled them all down to a good size?

    I really don't want to have to upload them as scaled models individually as they are simply going to have the same images and documentation as the larger models...

    Also, is there a good way to "segregate" models of different types on my site? I have mathematical models but would also like to upload other material which will confuse people.

    At the moment I am thinking I need to open a different shop for this material (which I assume is OK).


  5. If you want to include several models in one file, there's absolutely nothing stopping you from doing that. It's basically no different from what I'm doing with most of my own models; separating them into their component parts, and adding a sprue so it's easier for the production crew to handle.

    You can't open a separate shop on your account, but you don't need to. If you go to edit your shop, you can now add Shop Sections, and move your models into them.