Need help with Shapeways info for 3d printed figures
Posted in Custom Workstation
I would welcome some help and feedback to figure some things out... any thoughts are welcome.
I've been working on 3d printing 6 and 7 inch action figures and I think they're at a point where I can make them public and available to everybody.
The story and background to the whole thing is in my custom workshop thread: http://www.figurerealm.com/forums/viewt ... 25&t=42467
So far there's the naked base people can buy at shapeways: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/strangefate?sort=newest
It may not be very useful unless someone wants to sculpt everything on top, but gives a rough idea of how prices for 3d printing are right now. Also, the base mesh has instructions in its description about painting, assembling etc. It all reads clear to me, but I'm sure it doesn't, I've probably been at it too long. Any input, suggestions and concerns are welcome... is it too much information, not enough, confusing, ideas to fix it, what else would you like to know ?
I'm thinking of taking some photos to illustrate how the cleaning and tweaking looks like to help a bit.
Over the course of the weekend I'll be adding all the pieces I've done so far (or most of them), skipping the ones that get to obviously close to any IP, or changing them to be generic enough. A few of those pieces can already be seen on shapeways but are not for sale yet.
The goal is to offer a few complete figures, but mainly separate sets of arms, legs, torsos and heads, so that people can not only just get what they want, but also combine the different parts as they please to create any new characters they want, hence the current item setup on shapeways.
The good side of this is of course that you can assemble your figure out of any available and interchangeable pieces, and the downside is that shapeways charges 2 bucks per printing job for handling (in addidtion to material, time etc). This means that putting a figure together by buying all separate parts (legs/arms/torso/head = 4x2 bucks handling charge) will always be more expensive than buying a complete figure ( = 1x2 bucks handling charge).
To alleviate this a bit I was thinking of doing some packs, where you can get 2-4 different arms or heads and keep the spare ones for future use.
Plus I'll be doing Fantasy and Scifi oriented content too over time, including gadgets, weapons etc.
Anyway, any ideas or suggestions of what would make things easier, accessible or more interesting atm are welcome.
Also, I think I would like to add a link to the shapeways instructions I have so far to this forum, for people who'd prefer to maybe find someone here to assemble and paint the customs for them, as I don't really want to assemble or sell customs, just do my own stuff for myself
Any suggestions about this ? would people welcome this or are there better places to send people to ?