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ADB Marketing23 Apr 2019 11:24 a.m. PST

We just got the new pricing information for Fine Detail Plastic in Smooth and Smoothest (formerly known as FUD and FED). Prices will change on April 29. Some prices will drop. Many will rise.

In our shop, Smooth Fine Detail Plastic will have a minimum of $11.99 USD when we finish repricing. If your mini costs less than that now, consider buying it now.

In our shop, Smoothest Fine Detail Plastic will have a minimum of $14.99 USD when we finish repricing. If your mini costs less than that now, consider buying it now.

If the ship you are thinking of is one of our newer ones, consider waiting to combine it with an order for our newest releases on May 1. Many of those ships, but not all, will drop in price for those materials.

Here is a list of the 101 ships that will go up the most in dollar increases as of April 29. If these are on your "want list," buy them now. The price increases are from about $14 USD to nearly $300 USD!!! (The list below is in alphabetical order to help you determine if your ship is on it.) Note that these are tending to be the biggest ships. The decoration stand is both large at the bottom and taller; it also needs lots of support material, hence it is the one item that will go up the most.

3125 Scale Drex Dreadnought (DN) MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Fed Classic Battleship (BB) WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Fed Classic Guided Weapons Dreadnought Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Federation Battleship (BB) WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Federation Guided Weapons Dreadnought Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Franz Joseph Federation Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Gorn Godzilla Battleship (BB) SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Gorn Godzilla+ Battleship (BB+) SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon B10B Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon B10K Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon B10T Emergency Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon B10TK Emergency Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C5 Light Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C5K Refitted Light Dreadnought Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C7B Heavy Battlecruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C7K Heavy Battlecruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C8B Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C8K Refitted Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C8VB Heavy Carrier WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon C8VK Refitted Heavy Carrier WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D6B Heavy Cruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D6K Refitted Heavy Cruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D6M Mauler Cruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D6MK Refitted Mauler Cruiser WE Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D6S Heavy Scout Cruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D6SK Refitted Heavy Scout WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D7B Battlecruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D7K Refitted Battlecruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D7VB Strike Carrier WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon D7VK Refitted Strike Carrier WE Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon FD7 Fast Battlecruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon FD7K Fast Battlecruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon T7B Fleet Tug WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Klingon T7K Refitted Fleet Tug WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Kzinti Battleship (BB) SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Kzinti Dreadnought (DN) SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale LDR Cave Lion Battleship (BB) CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale LDR Light Dreadnought (DNL) CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale LDR Light Tactical Transport (LTT) CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale LDR Lion Dreadnought (DN) CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale LDR Lioness Heavy Cruiser CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale LDR War PF/Gunboat Tender CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Lyran Cave Lion Battleship (BB) CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Lyran Desert Lion Light Dreadnought CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Lyran Light Tactical Transport (LTT) CV Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Lyran Lion Dreadnought (DN) CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Lyran Lioness Heavy Cruiser (CAL) CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Lyran War PF/Gunboat Tender CVN Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan Condor+ Dreadnought MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan Heavy Condor Dreadnought MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan K10R Battleship (Smooth) WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan K10R Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan K9R Dreadnought (Smooth) WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan K9R Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KCR Heavy Battlecruiser Smooth Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KCR Heavy Battlecruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KR Heavy Cruiser (Smooth) WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KR Heavy Cruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KRC Command Cruiser (Smooth) WE Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KRC Command Cruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KRM Mauler Cruiser (Smooth) Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Romulan KRM Mauler Cruiser WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Tholian Battleship (BB) SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Tholian Stellar Domination Ship (SDS) Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3125 Scale Tholian War Cruiser Pinwheel SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon B10B Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon B10K Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon C5 Light Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon C5K Refitted Light Dreadnought Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon C8B Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon C8K Refitted Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon C8VB Heavy Carrier WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Klingon C8VK Refitted Heavy Carrier WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Kzinti Battleship (BB) SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Romulan K10R Battleship (Smooth) WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Romulan K10R Battleship WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Romulan K9R Dreadnought (Smooth) WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

3788 Scale Romulan K9R Dreadnought WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Federation Heavy Cruiser Game-Room Decoration 3125 Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Klingon D7 Game-Room Decoration 3125 WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Klingon D7 Game-Room Decoration 3788 WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Franz Joseph Federation Starbase Large Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Franz Joseph Federation Starbase Medium Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Game-Room Decoration Display Stand WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Juggernaut Battleship (BB) SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Juggernaut Beta Dreadnought SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Juggernaut Missile Dreadnought SRZ Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Monster Ancient Moray Eel of Space MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Monster Extreme Planet Killer MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Monster Large Death Probe MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Monster Large Igneous MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Monster Large Space Manta MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Monster Medium Space Manta MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Seltorian Hive Ship (Medium) MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Seltorian Nest Ship (Medium) MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Space Dragon Adult Male MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Space Dragon Ancient Female MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Space Dragon Ancient Male MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Space Dragon Old Female MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Space Dragon Old Male MGL Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Omni Scale Stand Sprue of 12 Flight Stands WEM Smooth Fine Detail Plastic

Lion in the Stars23 Apr 2019 4:36 p.m. PST

A $300 USD price increase?!?

What the Bleeped text ?!?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2019 5:40 p.m. PST

Thanks for the warning.

Wish there was a competitor, and/or more competition, in order to reduce pricing, instead of it going up all the time.

Perhaps someone else will enter the market to make that a reality.

ADB Marketing24 Apr 2019 3:06 p.m. PST

What we learned about the huge price increase in our ornament stand is that it is the perfect storm. It has a large footprint, it is tall, and it requires support material for the hook. Basically, it takes up a lot of machine space, so it is hitting one of Shapeways minimums which involves the cubic volume of the outer dimensions of the piece.

This suggests that "airy" ships (ones with wide-spread engines that drop below, rise above, or extend far beyond the ship may end up being more expensive. Flying saucers … those may be relatively inexpensive if they are flatter.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2019 3:38 p.m. PST

Even Shapeways doesn't know what impact their new pricing formulas will have. They've admitted as much on the forums.

SITZKRIEG24 Apr 2019 9:18 p.m. PST

And this is in addition to the previous price increase from a few months back, right?

ADB Marketing25 Apr 2019 12:00 p.m. PST

SITZKRIEG, this is to change the price increase in Fine Detail Plastic. Once we removed the items that hit the new minimums, we had 1668 line items. (This is high because for many items there are two lines: Smooth and Smoothest.) 63% are within the expected price increase range of 30% or less. 24% held steady or dropped in price.

We are still experiencing sticker shock on the items listed above. We may be looking into ways to reduce the price for folks willing to do some assembly, but that isn't certain yet.

Lion in the Stars25 Apr 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

I'd certainly be willing to do some assembly to save a couple hundred bucks!

SouthernPhantom19 May 2019 2:48 p.m. PST

I'm considering printing masters of my more popular models and transitioning over from selling prints to casting and selling models in metal and/or resin.

Really wondering what's up with the price increases from Shapeways. Did they initially set prices below their breakeven point to achieve market penetration, is this an attempt to increase profits, or is the company running into cashflow problems?

Lion in the Stars19 May 2019 6:53 p.m. PST

SP, I think it's an attempt to get out of the 'bits' and model business, being a very low-profit-margin thing that apparently took up a lot of machine time for them.

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