Shapeways Much More Expensive Than Other Services??

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ShaneClark, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. ShaneClark
    ShaneClark Member
    I've been looking for a good service where I can upload my model and I always see Shapeways as the most recommended. However when I upload my model it regularly prices it 3/4x as much for the versatile plastic as you get for pla from a service like 3dhubs. Also I notice with both that the price changes for the exact same model depending on what order I click the buttons. Is this normal. What should I do to get a good balance of decent printing and cheap price?
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
  2. Ngineer
    Ngineer Well-Known Member
    I won't feed the discussion on Shapeways'pricing... But you shouldn't compare versatile plastic with PLA. The production process is vastly different and versatile offers a lot more design freedom, better heat resistance and a slightly better or at least more predictable surface structure.
  3. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    PLA is a different process entirely and the FDM printers have severe overhang/support requirements that several of the Shapeways materials do not require. Overall, you get a better product.