Well, Shapeways have done it again!
They have today renamed a number of their materials, no doubt for marketing reasons or trying to make it simpler for new customers.
Anyway, for the the main materials I use on my Signals Branch shop White Strong and Flexible is now called White Versatile Plastic and Fine Ultra Detail is now called Smooth Fine Detail Plastic.
The various web pages have been modified as well and some things have moved.
Also they have dropped a number of materials from the available line, none that worry me but I am sure there will be an outcry from those who use them in their shops.
I will have to go through the text descriptions of some of my models and change any references to the old material names.
What a pain!
Here is the announcement from Shapeways from their Forum:
We are so excited to announce the release of updates to our materials portfolio. Available, starting today are:
To make for a simpler, more user-friendly creation process, we have also updated our Materials Hub. Along with lovely new end-product photography, we have now broken our materials in to benefit driven categories which will help guide you to the right materials for your projects. The new categories are:
We’ve done some renaming of our materials, more details on that can be found here in our updated Materials Naming Guide. We’ve also begun updating our Model Upload and Checkout flow to make it easier to pick your materials and finishes.
You may also notice some changes to the material offerings; as part of this refresh process, we decided to say goodbye to some of our less popular materials including:
If you have purchased or sold any these materials in the last 6 months, you should have been notified via e-mail. If you have any of these materials enabled in your shop, your products will no longer be offered for sale in these materials. If your product was only enabled in one of these materials, it will now be listed as public, but not for sale.
Shapeways is ever-evolving, and we will continue to focus on providing the right material solutions for your projects.
We can’t wait to see what you create with this updated experience!
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