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Update and Releases from Aotrs Shipyards

Not great news, unfortunately – immaterial was looking promising, and then I was just starting to get the shop setup when it told me you can only sell things you’ve printed there. And at the expense of printing a half-dozen or so of every model in the entire Shipyards… I could buy several printers and pay someone to set up a website for me…! (And that is well outside my current funding.)AlexAotrs Shipyards is a webstore on Shapeways.com, a 3D print house which had production and shipping facilities located in the USA and the Netherlands. At the moment...So, update.The test prints from imaterialise arrived today, and are of adequate quality (i.e. they aren't inferior to other print houses for the same material).BTR-80A WSFBTR-80A WSF SprueThe pricing is definitely competitive with Shapeways; though until I actually work out my mark up would be and other factors, I'm not prepared to elucidate more specifically.There are a few provisos. One, imaterialise has a floor price model (which maybe what Shapeways is try

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Shapeways & Future Direction by Aotrs Shipyards

This is a note of forewarning, to my existing customers specifically (and to anyone else that uses Shapeways more generally). Last week - as usual, without any actual notification unless you happened to be caught by it or looking at the forums - Shapeways announced a new "pricing algorithm" they are testing, to be implemented over the next few months.The Shipyards have *not* been affected by the new pricing model thus far, but neither you nor I are likely to know about it until it gets done without any notice (since that is how Shapeways does business).The issues are thus:a) The pricing pages now give you no idea of what the pricing structure is completely hidden from everyone, so that the only way you can find out what something costs - or to reduce that cost - is to experiment. (During the community chat the CEO had with us a while back, he said that an open structure was allowing the customer to "game" the system, so instead they appear to have set it so they can "game" it themselves.)b) Some of the other

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