Question: way to reduce my model cost?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by toddbg, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. toddbg
    toddbg New Member
    I have a new simple model that I was looking to get printed and the pricing seems very high for the amount of material that I believe it is using.
    Are there any suggestions to get my cost down?

    http://www.shapeways.com/model/955716/1851-clip.html

    Thank you
     
  2. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    Model is not publicly viewable. :)
     
  3. Keymaker
    Keymaker Well-Known Member
    carve ornament on the back wall :)
     
  4. AlanHudson
    AlanHudson Shapeways Employee Dev Team
    I can't tell how thick your model is. In general for WSF I've found 1.3mm to be a pretty good thickness. It's fairly strong and I suspect for a clip would be good. This does depend how much force will be on that clip but its a good stiffness for a lot of objects.
     
  5. toddbg
    toddbg New Member
    Thanks!
    Right now I have this at 2mm as I was following the guidelines for wall thickness.

    There will be very little force on this if at all and essentially is just holding a few paper tubes with a ball on the end inside a pouch (I will probably have 6 of these)

    In looking at the instructions on the materials page it almost looks like I could go to 1mm?
    http://www.shapeways.com/materials/strong-flexible-design-gu idelines

    Thanks for the advice and sorry for the double posts.
     
  6. AlanHudson
    AlanHudson Shapeways Employee Dev Team
    you can go down 0.7mm wallthickness in unpolished. But for your design I wouldn't go below 1mm.
     
  7. GADesign
    GADesign New Member
    Cutting out some cool patterns makes most models more beatiful and less expensive, don't know if that would work on your model but i would give it a try given the pricing on this.
     
  8. robertbonenfant
    robertbonenfant New Member
    What Type of Plastic are you trying to use ?? I see sandstone is a little cheaper
     
  9. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Sandstone isn't a plastic - it's non-flexible and fairly brittle. Not suitable for a clip :)

    Bart