Minor/Repaint: Shapeways customs and reviews

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by Hellscream85, May 13, 2018.

  1. Hellscream85

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    So recently I decided to share many of the shapeways customs I have the pleasure of owning in video form, this is actually the second episode of my Shapeways reviews, and from now on I'll share them here, let me know what you think, and subscribe if you want to see my other projects! Thanks!

    Part 1 on Overlord


    Crocjoint V 1.2 leg upgrade with bonus review of Prize Inside's MTMTE Skullcruncher face


    Part 3 on Kup


    Part 4 on Hercules


    Part 5 on Pyro


    Part 6 on Octopunch
    Shapeways reviews part 6 Octopunch upgrade

    Part 7 on the many conversions of thrilling 30 Bumblebee
    Shapeways reviews part 7 Generations Bumblebee conversion kits

    Part 8 on Metalhawk and Impactor
    Shapeways reviews part 8: metal birdie weapons and Impactor conversion kit

    Part 9 on Ironfist
    Shapeways reviews part 9 Ironfist conversion set
    Part 10, the many upgrades of Nightbeat
    Shapeways review Nightbeat upgrades... sooo many Nightbeat upgrades... oh Siren, and Minerva too
     
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    Oh! I have that leg joint! It's awesome!
     
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    Shapeways review #3 is up, and it's all about Kup

     
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    Thanks for the reviews ! Looking good :thumb 

    Regarding the new material names:

    White Strong Flexible = White Natural Versatile Plastic
    White Strong Flexible Polished = White Processed Versatile Plastic

    Regarding your request for a set of Crosshairs arms:
    I can't promiss it at this moment, but I'll consider it.
     
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    I bought these two heads on Shapeways. They were designed by SteamShield and I had them printed in the Hi-Def Black plastic. My customers loved them up on Ebay.
     

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    Steamshield does have some great designs on his storefront, sadly I can only review the designs and materials I personally purchase.
    Since I apparently completely forgot to mention this, I got the face for Kup in black high def, and the arms in wsf polished, though based on my hands on with the prints, and familiarity with the materials, should someone want to purchase the arms in high-def they would be workable, my only worry would be accidentally using too much pressure while assembling the elbows. If you've got the bank and take extra care during that step then go for it.
     
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    Lucky bastard...they discontinued that material last month.
     
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    Edit: nope it's not

    It's still available, all the materials have been renamed download740e89cc_A-09FC_2fPictures_2fScreenshots_2fScreenshot_20180527-225248.png

    If you look there are options for "Premium"
    That is the new equivalent of acrylate, it is available in white and black (maybe other colors too, sellers will have to check) here's the quick breakdown based on what I've gathered up to this point.

    Natural versatile= Strong Flexible
    Processed versatile= Strong Flexible Polished
    Premium= acrylate
    Smooth Fine Detail= Frosted ultra detail
    Smoothest fine detail= Frosted extreme Detail

    Material availability is based on sellers selecting their items to be made in that material, and/or Shapeways algorithm for determining object tolerances.

    If you don't see an item available in a material you want, your best option is to contact the seller to see if the material is able to be added to the options.
    Personally I just don't understand why Shapeways just unilaterally renamed all of their materials out of the blue.
     
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    No, HD Acrylate was discontinued as "unpopular". Source: Announcing Materials Updates

    Cool vid though! I've got those same leg joints myself.
     
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    Basically what he said. I own a few things in Acrylate already, including the same Kup head but minus the cigar. I'm hoping the more expensive frosted material (don't care what anyone else calls it, I'm still calling it frosted) is a good alternative.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. It might have been a little expensive, but it was well worth it.
     
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    I figured the Kup faceplate was done in black hi-def, you did a great job painting it and matching the colors on the body.
     
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    Thank you for sharing this! I was browsing through Shapeways yesterday and was wondering what was going on.
     
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    Here's some more for you. I used Solar Storm Grapple's body along with this genius adapter designed by SteamShield to create a body similar to Actionmaster Rollout's. I used the Ramhorn Titanmaster as the head and it stood on my MTMTE shelf until I sold it on Ebay last year. I also purchased a Ratchet head designed by SteamShield and inserted it on the Universe Red Alert body creating a Universe Ratchet to be displayed with Generations Drift. Both items were printed in Black Hi-Def plastic and were made very well. I highly recommend both items.
     

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    Ok, just to be clear....."White Premium Versatile & Black Premium Versatile" plastic are NOT the new equivalent of "Black High Definition Acrylate".
    See how I bolded 'versatile' ? Because it is basically the same stuff as 'Processed' versatile, but they put it through a more elaborate polishing process. At it's core it's still the same SLS nylon material.

    BHDA was a resin SLA based material, using support structures and requiring post process curing - this is what made it so incredibly labor intensive.

    Trust me, I recently had 2 parts printed in White Premium Versatile...and it's basically a better, smoother version of the old WSFP, but still nowhere near the finish of BHDA.
     
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    Yup, willing to admit I'm wrong here, mostly due to email correspondence with Shapeways, my confusion set in with the premium material not being on the materials list, either way I may bite the bullet and give that one a shot sometime just to see how it feels in hand. Here's the email response I recieved

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    It's not your fault.

    They're confusing everyone who's not super up-to-date with everything Shapeways.

    I've attended their "All about Materials" meeting at the Shapeways Eindhoven factory in January ( Customs: - I have visited Shapeways ),
    and they demo'd the Premium materials there. I had both black and white versions in hand.
    They were promoting it as a reasonable alternative to BHDA, but it simply isn't as smooth a finish. It's more like eh.... a sort of egg shell kind of smoothness.

    Then again...it's got better tensile strength than BHDA, but at that price point...I am not sure if it's worthwhile. Certainly not if you're after BHDA quality surface finish.
     
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    Shapeways reviews part 4 is up, TFC Hercules is in the spotlight.

     
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    ^^ Hey thanks for making a review for those parts, Hellscream!
     
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    Shapeways reviews part 5 is up, and things are getting hot!
     
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