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 Post subject: Shapeways backdoor no longer available???
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:35 pm 
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On the page, it says this:
AN IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of April, 2013, Shapeways no longer offers this high polygon workaround. If your model has over a million polygons, use this handy tutorial to reduce them so you can upload your model in the normal way. Thank you for your understanding!


Does this mean all the puzzles that exceed the limit can no longer be printed?

What of those already existing like the mini pentultimate?

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeways backdoor no longer available???
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:21 pm 
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This is not surprise. Too many people abused their high polygon process. Shapeways has said they're going to support uploading models for individual parts and then grouping them together into a single print. Hopefully they now that the high poly backdoor is gone they'll prioritize multi-model prints.

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeways backdoor no longer available???
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:55 am 
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Hi rubikcollector123,

yes, unfortunately we had some problems with this high-poly workaround:

- As it was basically a hack in our system, we found that it resulted in too many printing errors (printing the solid cube instead of the intended model).

- The system was abused to obtain our high-density discount, even when the model itself was extremely sparse (the solid cube is by definition 100% dense).

- The printers themselves have a limited amount of internal processing memory. Some models had SO many polygons that they basically used up all the memory in the printer for themselves.

As a result, we have decided to stop supporting this method. We will still honor the existing models that have been uploaded this way, but will no longer accept new uploads.

Bart

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeways backdoor no longer available???
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:41 pm 
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Well, it was fun while it lasted. :P This summer, I'll make a point of converting all my Shapeways puzzles to not use the high-polygon workaround.

Thanks for the heads up, Bart and Rubikcollector123.

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