How do you to remove parts off sprue from Shapeways?

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  1. kmoua7

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    I ordered a few parts from Shapeways designed by members here. What's the best way to remove these parts from the sprue w/o leaving any flash? I'm horrible at cutting things off the sprue and I don't want to damage any of the parts, especially small parts. What method do you use? Just bend them off? Cut them off? Cut then file? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
     
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    Use a small pair of snips or a hobby blade. Don't try to bend or break the sprues by hand.
     
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    a pair of wire cutters?
     
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    I use fingernail cutters and then carefully shave off the nub with a hobby blade.
     
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    I dual-wield a wire cutter & an Xacto knife. I get mixed results as I lack patience and a steady hand.
     
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    Thanks for the tip guys! I'll try xacto knfie and small cutters. I have unsteady hands as well so we'll see.
     
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    I use a pair of hobby shears. I got these...in the late 90s and they've never failed me. I still use them to this day: Testors » Hobby Knives & Tools » Model Building Supplies » Micro Shear Sprue Cutter

    If you're unsure about how you're going to cut, I'd recommend a pair of these or similar. You have to purposefully try to fuck something up to mess up a part with these guys. Get that, and use a hobby file to carefully pick off the flash, and you're golden.
     
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    That's a pretty spiffy pair of shears, I should go look for something like that at a local hobby store.
     
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    Prices should be better in the store. I think I picked mine up at retail for something like...8 USD or something. Any model can really work, but I'd recommend something with a small tip and blade like the testors one. I have a pair from Games Workshop but it's much to thick to get into small sprues, and truth be told I'm not very happy with them.

    Avoid anything from Games Workshop.
     

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