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ADB Marketing30 Jan 2019 3:24 p.m. PST

On January 29, 2019, ADB released a total of 33 new items to its shop on Shapeways. We wanted to release them before the projected price increase from Shapeways to older items on January 31, 2019 at 12:01 am.

The Federation gains its Old Heavy Cruiser in both the "regular" and "Fed Classic" (smooth body) versions.

The Klingons get their D6M Mauler Cruiser. The D6MK Refitted Mauler Cruiser has the Aztecked designs on the wings.

The Romulans get their KRM Mauler Cruiser in both the smooth and regular (belly bird and scallops on the wings) versions.

The Hydrans get their Liege Light Dreadnought.

The WYNs gain three of their "fish ships." These are the Barracuda Frigate, Mako Destroyer, and Orca War Cruiser.

The Omega Octant has additions, too. The Vari gain their Wing Cruiser, the Worb get their Light Destroyer and Medium Destroyer, the Maesrons gain their Strike Carrier and Advanced Fighters, and the Souldra gain their Wraith Light Cruiser and Ghost Heavy Carrier.

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ADB Marketing30 Jan 2019 3:31 p.m. PST

Just found out Shapeways has delayed the price increase until February 4. This will affect all materials EXCEPT Fine Detail Plastic. For that, they are working on fixing their formula.

Lion in the Stars31 Jan 2019 12:13 a.m. PST

Good news on the Fine Detail Plastic!

still epic-level 'organic fertilizer' about the whole changes to the pricing formula, though…

ADB Marketing02 Feb 2019 9:56 a.m. PST

I can actually understand why they had to put in minimums. If their take on a mini was only a dollar or two, I cannot see how they were turning a profit. Each file has to be input into the printer, each item has to be quality checked, each item must be packed. For the processed ones, each has to be tumbled and checked again. For the colored ones, they must be dyed. All that takes people time.

For the base price of White Natural Versatile Plastic, discounting those items that went up to the new minimum, most of the price increases were in the 3% range. The small colored ships went up the most dramatically as they got hit with the minimum and the increased price for the tumbling and the increased price for the dye bath.

The latest word on Fine Detail Plastic from Shapeways is that the flatter minis, such as starships were getting hit dis-proportionally to things that had a small footprint but were tall. The delay is to let them fix that problem. I have my fingers crossed that the price increase will drop down to the 10-20% range.

The word/gossip on why the price had to go up is the investors were subsidizing the printing in Fine Detail Plastic. Every time Shapeways printed an item, they were actually losing money. The investors apparently said "Enough is enough" and told the company they needed to make a profit.

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