Join Ryan Kittleson for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing the product page on Shapeways, part of Maya: 3D Printing with Shapeways.
Once you upload your model, the story doesn't end there. On the model page, you can edit how other people find, view, and even purchase your model. Let's take a look at the options. We can make changes to all these settings, by clicking on edit product. One of the first things you'll want to do, is upload some better looking images. So let's add some photos. Over here you'll notice that images should be sized to 674 pixels, wide by 501 pixels tall. So make sure that you've edited, and cropped any photos that you take to those sizes.
So let's choose files. What I want to do is go to the exercise files, where I've already saved some pictures in the editing folder, and I'm going to pick bull gold, and choose that one. And then, let's choose bullwhite. Okay, and I want the bowl of gold to be the default photo, so that when people are searching for models, this is the main photo that they're going to see.
So go ahead and click on this little button here. We can also edit the title and the description to be more appealing. So go ahead and click up here. And go ahead, and give it a name that's got a little bit more interest to it. So let's call it My BullHead Model. And then we can also come down to the description, and go ahead and you could talk about the model. You can put your own poetry in here. Whatever you want to say about this model. OK.
You can also give it some categories so that when people are looking for different models, they can search by these categories. So let's say this one is a sculpture. And then we'll also say that it's a miniature. Next, you'll want to add some tags. These are keywords, that will help people find your model if they search for things like Bull or head. So I'm going to type in bull. Add some more tags. Let's type in head. Maybe anything else that's relevant. Okay.
Great. Okay. Let's scroll up to the top again. Now by default when you upload a model it's not visible to anybody in the public. And it's not available for sale. So if you want to sell it, you need to make sure that it's available for sale, and also that people can see it. And when you make this change, you want to click on update. Now, you as the author of a model, can get it printed in any material that's available, but you can also set it so that it's only purchasable.
By other people in specific materials. When we made the bull head, we had the strong, and flexible materials in mind, when we gave it a thickness of point seven millimeters. So I want to limit it, so that people only can order this bull in that material. So let's scroll down to the materials. And white strong, and flexible make sure this is default material here. And now I want to select only the default material. So what this does is it makes it so that this material is the only one with a check next to it.
So all of the others will not be printable. So what I want to do, is actually make it so that people can print in the other colors of Strong, and Flexible. Great. Now when you sell on Shapeways, you can specify how much money you want to make on top of the base cost. Now how much you set that to is your own business sense. But you can either set up a markup amount, and a total amount, and Shapeways calculates the other number. So, for example, under white, strong, and flexible, the base cost to create this model is $6.49.
So, let's say I want to sell it for $10. I could type in a total of $10 here, and Shapeways calculates that my markup is $3.51. Or, I could type in a specific markup. So let's say, I want to make $5 off each sale. I just type in five and Shapeways calculates that the total cost will be $11.49 for people purchasing this model. Now if I purchase it under my own account, the cost to me is still only $6.49.
Anyone else buys it, the cost is $11.49. So when you're happy with the materials and the pricing Go ahead and click on Update Materials & Pricing. One final note. If you realize that there's something wrong with the model, and you need to re-upload, you can do it through this button, down here, Update this 3D file. So from here you can go find an updated version of your model, if there's some sort of problem that you had to fix. And then, choose it and upload it. And then Shapeways will automatically replace this model with the new model.
And that makes it so that you don't have to completely delete this model from your list of models, and then re-upload it. So you can see, Shapeways gives you many ways of presenting your models to the public. It makes for a great store front.
- What is Shapeways?
- Setting up Maya for 3D printing
- Checking model scale
- Understanding why thickness matters
- Adding precise thickness
- Strengthening thin structures
- Fixing common mesh problems
- Exporting models with texture maps
- Making a wireframe model
- Publishing to Shapeways