Since these were just meant to be prototypes and I was expecting some issues to occur, it's no big loss, but it is still a bit of a drag to have to go back to the drawing board.
Lets start with the good.
|Batch number one.|
|I'm shocked that it worked, to be honest. Though I also definitely didn't order white, so there's that.|
|These came out rather well considering I pulled the design mostly out of thin air. They look a big big because the bars aren't wrapped, but I still might shrink them a bit anyway, just in case.|
Shapeways described the material as a "strong and flexible plastic" but it feels and behaves more like sandstone. The rough texture isn't a problem, but "flexible" isn't a word I'd use to describe this material in any way. Unfortunately it doesn't at all resemble the original material, and though it fits the frame isn't flexible enough to remove or rubbery enough to properly seal.
Second, apparently my designs weren't subdivided before being printed, which is a bit surprising to me. I'd expect a 3D printing company to print at a higher subdivision level by default, and there was no instruction or notification anywhere stating that it should be one or the other. This is why these pieces appear jagged and polygonal instead of smooth, and I can't take truly accurate measurements comparing this print to the original. I'll admit this is more my fault than anything, and I should have asked prior to printing what the standard is.
Lastly, the quality varied too much to ensure each piece would work. Of the two bar caps that I received, one was very clean and detailed, and the other was poorly defined and pretty bad looking.
|The left one isn't as nice as the right. I'd need better quality control on these for them to work.|
|This is why I can't have nice things|
Onto take two!