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Opening a Shapeways store & 3d CAD service
RussellE
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Posted: Sunday, May 07, 2017 - 09:27 AM UTC
Hi folks.

I'm planning on opening a store on Shapeways to supply items to the model making and craft community.

This will be in addition to offering a complete 3d CAD modelling service.

I have 20 plus years of experience working as an industrial designer in the manufacturing sector and am a highly skilled 3d CAD modeller.
I have been making models since I was in my early teens and whilst AM companies cover most of the items we need, I find there's still some areas that need unique items created for those extra special projects.

I will also be offering a 3d CAD design service, modelling up complete vehicles/vessels in 3d, given that plans and drawings are available.

Topics are limited only by your imagination.

This plan is only in its infancy at this stage, but if anyone should have any ideas or requests on what products they'd like to see available in 3d CAD or printed on Shapeways, place a comment here or send me a PM.

Russ
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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 08:46 PM UTC
just thought I'd give this a little bump

The idea is still peculating in my head and recently I've been looking at 3d resin printing... Somewhat nicer than nylon 3d printing...

One thing I thought of doing was a South Dakota conversion set...????
MikeyBugs95
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 10:44 PM UTC
Well welcome to the community! Quite a few of us do CAD design on Shapeways here but I think there's always room for one more. I'm also about to expand to resin printing. Shapeways has done some things recently that had a very sour taste in the mouths of many designers, including myself, so I purchased an inexpensive printer and will start printing some of my products after I get a hang the printer.
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 08:27 PM UTC
Thanks Michael

may I ask: what kind of printer did you buy? Is it a resin printer and if so how much was it???
MikeyBugs95
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 12:22 PM UTC
I bought an Anycubic Photon for $355. The price seems deceiving but from what I've seen, it's a decently high quality printer. It's a DLP resin printer so it prints at very high detail. If I do decide to continue with printing my own designs, I'll probably have to spend a good deal more in consumables (resin, FEP sheets, etc) and hardware (fume ventilation, curing/washing stations) than just the printer.
armyguy
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 03:44 AM UTC
Mike and Russ I will be following you'r progress on your enddeavor's. I'm all ways looking for source's for 1/24 scale AM parts that I can use on jeep kits.
I have ordered some gas can's from some one on Shapeways just to get a feel for their work. I'm just not sure about their wheels and tirer's may have to try another sample order.
Again I will be keeping my eye on both of you with the intention of doing business with both of you.

Dave M
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 03:48 AM UTC
Dave,

I'm another of the guys. and have done tires for myself as well as several people.

Some of the wheels can be seen here:
http://s60.photobucket.com/user/mdlbldrmatt135/library/Misc%20model%20projects?sort=3&page=1

matt
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 03:53 AM UTC
Hi Mike,

I would be interested to see a comparison of the quality of your parts from your printer against those from Shapeways, (where I am both a designer and customer).

TIA,

Ian
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 04:19 AM UTC
Russell,

Success to you!
ChurchSTSV
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 04:23 AM UTC
Sound amazing Russell!!

I can't wait to see what 1/700 parts you can make that I didn't realize that I need!
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2018 - 02:52 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Mike,

I would be interested to see a comparison of the quality of your parts from your printer against those from Shapeways, (where I am both a designer and customer).

TIA,

Ian



Quite a few in the UK use that printer, well one in the UK the other in Australia, ever hear of Kathy Millatt from the UK? Dang good women modeler, she mostly does Train stuff, but varies into scifi.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2018 - 12:42 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Mike and Russ I will be following you'r progress on your enddeavor's. I'm all ways looking for source's for 1/24 scale AM parts that I can use on jeep kits.
I have ordered some gas can's from some one on Shapeways just to get a feel for their work. I'm just not sure about their wheels and tirer's may have to try another sample order.
Again I will be keeping my eye on both of you with the intention of doing business with both of you.

Dave M



For tires, try http://www.fireballmodels.info/
The tires start out as 3d prints then he makes copies out of them.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2018 - 01:53 AM UTC
Welcome Russell - with this industry in its' infancy there is plenty of room for newcomers to join in!

Having purchased parts from a number of designers on the shapeways site I am very happy with the design quality and the print quality (not so much the price quality!)

Shapeways is beginning to feel like it is managed by the same folks who run Photobucket.
RussellE
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 09:59 PM UTC
Thanks to everyone for their advice!

Most appreciated.