ORIENTATION: One piece with two faces.

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by DarioScapittaDesign, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. DarioScapittaDesign
    DarioScapittaDesign New Member
    Hi all,

    I've just received my order, and just want to show, one more time, with some pictures of the pieces received how is important to be able to determinate print orientation.

    In the picture you can see an armband and a ring, from my BLACK WIDOW Collection, as you can see side one side in both pieces has a very bad quality. I have other 5 BLACK WIDOW armbands at home printed with the correct orientation (the uploaded file position) and they are just perfects.

    I've already sent an e-mail to the CS, I know what they can do.

    This post is just to remember how the possibility to choose the correct orientation is very helpful for the final quality.


    Hoping to hear also your opinion,

    Cheers, :)

    TOM_TOM_TOM Well-Known Member
    I would really like to be able to select print orientation, which is very important for my products. I make camera accessories which clamp onto lenses so the cylindrical shape needs to be printed perpendicular to the print surface to maintain as much of a circular shape, otherwise it may sag and may not clamp evenly or securely around the lens.

    I was under the assumption last year that print orientation was being looked into but haven't seen any recent news.
  3. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Hey guys, orientation is on the way! It's not an instant process, as we want to keep the price the same/similar, and there are a few things currently in process to make this a possibility. As Bart mentioned on the feedback page, this won't be tomorrow, and is possibly 2-3 months out. But the steps in the process should also improve quality as they are implemented.
  4. DarioScapittaDesign
    DarioScapittaDesign New Member
    Hi Youknowwho4eva!

    Thanks for this update, it is a good news. Orientation is really important, it prevents a lot of quality issues!

    Keep us updated about this,
    thanks again! :)

  5. matt_atknsn
    matt_atknsn New Member
    Many thanks Youknowwho4eva for the heads-up!

    Selfishly speaking, this will turn a lot of my models from 'ok' (only 1 item in my latest order 'winning the lottery', i.e. getting printed in the preferred orientation) into "OMGWT*BBQ!"


    EDIT: Forgot to mention that, FWIW, my (main) models utilizes Frosted Ultra Detail materials
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2012
  6. Bunrattypark
    Bunrattypark New Member
    Any sign of fixed print orientation yet? I know Shapeways are 'looking into it,' whatever that means, but my shop has been suspended for over a year now, and I cannot bring it back online until I get fixed print orientation. My customers are asking me continually when my models are becoming available again. What can I tell them? I'd love to have some definite idea when to expect this, thanks.
  7. andersb
    andersb New Member
    As the previous writer I have great problems using Shapeways services until this is solved.

    When can we expect this feature to be available?