Customs: Shapeways: customs or 3rd party?

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  1. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    Not that it matters much- just conversation fodder.

    Howeer, as Shapeways type services become more available, and more people are becoming more savvy in the creation of 3D content, we will be seeing more and more add-ons and full figures for sale.

    And I myself have some stuff happening in CAD specifically for 3D printing.

    So what would we be considered: customizers, or a 3rd party? Neither?

    I myself lean toward being 3rd party / parties.

    I could be wrong tho.
     
  2. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    My Little Orphan Android is a first party figure that will be manufactured and sold by Shapeways. I am not making a figure of a Hasbro character, I am making the Little Orphan Android who has some design elements inspired by Wheelie, much the same as Sideways has a vehicle mode inspired by the Audi R8. The Little Orphan Android is the Little Orphan Android, not Wheelie. If you wish to see the Little Orphan Android as a Wheelie figure, that is your choice as a consumer.

    Anyway, I'd love to see what stuff you've been designing.
     
  3. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    Well, I started with an uuber complex Cosmos... then I decided to go something easier. At work I have a fairly complex Brawn in Solidworks... but I'm running into roadblocks. I forsee Beechcomber in the near future.
     
  4. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    IMO, you're not third party until you mass produce and sell to retailers like BBTS, TFSource, and Captured Prey. Shapeways one at a time prints are more like selling customs on eBay.
     
  5. vm-01

    vm-01 Well-Known Member

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    They're customizers. The difference is their product is able to keep on selling because shapeways handle the production.

    I wish everybody used shapeways.
     
  6. sunlink

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    I agree with IG - unless it's mass produced I'd consider it more a customization type of item.
     
  7. Megatron31

    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody!

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    Ebay:
    customizer options (mostly due to the fact that the end user still has to paint them or color them somehow)

    i see this as no different than those of us that cast parts and sell them through the commissions section on this board or on ebay.
     
  8. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood Prototype Black

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    Yup.
     
  9. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    Figures sold on Shapeways are model kits.
     

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