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?

    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
    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? 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 :)