Hi folks. Thanks for all the messages/emails, and sorry for taking so long to update the thread. I just set up a storefront account on Shapeways and uploaded the model, but the price is ridiculous at $56, and that's without a single penny coming to me.
The holes for weights were removed due to wall thickness issues with the Shapeways automated processing. Now that I'm more familiar with Shapeways, I can redesign for their process (SLS vs. the FDM I use here at home), and hopefully bring the cost down and re-introduce the cavities for weights with V3.
I'll leave this version up for anyone who wants one now, but fair warning, I have not purchased one of these through Shapeways, and can not guarantee the fit. Logic says that X number of millimeters is X number of millimeters and it should work fine, but the first run from a different process always provides an unknown element.
I have no ETA for when the redesign will be done, this all hobby stuff I do in my spare time, and I seem to be running short on that these days.
3DHubs (supposedly cheaper than Shapeways), just got back to me with their quote. Maybe $56 isn't so bad. I'm starting to think I might need to set up a rack full of printers and change my career path.
Originally Posted by Dan from 3DHubs
I took a look at the model you sent over and it looks perfect for SLS, which is a faster and stronger material technology than FDM. Is there a particular reason for making this in Industrial FDM?
We're looking at about $400 for each prototype in production grade SLS. A cheaper alternative would be desktop FDM, which would be about $150 each unit.
Let me know if either of these fit your budget and I can get started on putting a formal quote together for you.
Thanks in advance,
The cost to do this part in desktop FDM is maybe $20 or so. I haven't done the math, but I know good and well it's not $150.