Shapeways Free Shipping

It rained today … boy, did it rain !? The Brigade workshop was in danger of turning into the Brigade Ark at one point, as I started leading 15mm tanks in two-by-two 🙂 However, despite the hammering on the roof I managed to clear the decks of orders and make a start on a restock for Scale Creep Miniatures.

One light in the gloom was an email from Shapeways announcing free worldwide shipping until the 30th of this month (Sunday*) for orders over US$35 (very roughly around £20). So it’s another good chance to pick up a Pegasus Bridge, some moisture collectors or even a few little planes on the Brigade Shapeways shop.

*UPDATE – the offer has now been extended to Monday with no minimum order.

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Shapeways – Free US Shipping

For the whole of June, Shapeways are offering free US shipping for new customers. So if you’ve been put off in the past from buying one or two bits by the shipping charges, here’s your chance to try out 3D printed products.

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Here’s the text, straight from their e-mail:

For the first time ever, we’re offering Free US Shipping for all new Shapeways customers this month. That’s right – whether they’re making their own products or buying from your shop, shipping to the United States via USPS is on us with promo code FIRSTFREE.

So, click on the logo below to go to the Brigade Shapeways shop see what we have to offer – just remember to enter the promo code when you check out:

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Shafted by Shapeways

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Last night I received an email from Shapeways proclaiming a new pricing policy for certain materials –

Better Pricing for Strong & Flexible Plastics

is what they said. The claim is that 75% of models they sold in that material last year would have been cheaper under the new pricing structure. So I logged in and checked out our shop, looking forward to reduced prices for the many items we make. Oh no. The new system heavily penalises low density models (ie big structures that use little material) – things like our power pylons, comms tower, Tesla tower, Chain Home station etc. The basic power pylon set, for example, is going to be about 4x more expensive than it was previously. There is a brief page of tips for optimising models to make them cheaper, but having followed these all I’ve managed to do is bring them down to being 3x more expensive than they were before. The Chain Home radar station, which used to sell for around £25, is going to be more like £50 under the new structure.

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It is true that some items will be cheaper – the Vorpostenboot will drop a couple of pounds, but it seems that around 90% of the items in our store will go up by anywhere from 50% to 300%, while the remaining 10% might drop by 5-10% in price.

To say we’re mightily p***ed off is an understatement – we’ve put a lot (and I mean a lot) of time and effort into developing these models and carefully designing them to be as good value as we can – and this new pricing structure negates everything we’ve done.

So, this is fair warning – if you were thinking our power pylons looked neat and you fancied a couple, get them now – don’t wait until next week. The new pricing structure kicks in on the 7th, so you have at best six days. We have some stocks left which we’re going to take to shows, so there are several opportunities to get these items from us in the next month or so. But once those have gone, that’ll be it, we probably won’t get any new stocks in since they’ll just be too expensive and we can’t see anyone buying them 🙁

We’ll continue to carry some models, but not many – at the moment I’m too annoyed to sit down and work out the pricing implications of this on other items.

Band on the Run

If you’ve been to one of the shows in the south-east of England this year, you might have caught a glimpse of Phil’s magnificent (and prize-winning) WWI demonstration game ‘Somewhere in Belgium’ (excellent scenery but he needs to work on the title …). This was a real one-man affair with Phil making and painting all of the scenery and figures – except for one little bit. He tasked me with making a bandstand for the ornamental gardens which occupied one part of the board, and I duly obliged with a computer-designed effort that we had printed in nylon by Shapeways. This model is available from the Brigade3D Shapeways store if you would like one of your own for your Victorian, WWI or later 28mm terrain.

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Get in Quick

Salute is a-coming, rather more quickly than we would like ! As always, we’re more than happy to take pre-orders, not quite up to the last minute but certainly until a few days before the show. However, one thing that won’t wait is any special orders for our Shapeways range of 3D printed models. We will be carrying stocks of all of the items that are on our website page, but anything else from the main Shapeways-hosted shop needs to be ordered in – and there are only a few days left to do so. So, if you would like a Pegasus or Horsa Bridge, any of our 6mm Normandy buildings range, a Vorpostenboot, some continental power pylons, even a 28mm bandstandwe need your orders by the end of Wednesday and no later ! And, having been burnt at a previous show by someone who ordered stacks of stuff and didn’t collect it, we will have to ask for a 20% deposit on it (you can pay the rest on the day).
UPDATE – it would help if I gave out a contact e-mail for orders !

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Mini Power

So, you know we mentioned how popular the 6mm power pylons are? Well, what about these even more miniature versions? They’re the latest addition to the 2mm scenery range on our Shapeways store. Ideal for 2mm/3mm scale ground battles or as targets/scenery for larger scale aircraft games – we use them with 1/600th scale aircraft.

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Very reasonably priced at US $8.60 for 12 pylons from our Shapeways Store. Not on our website yet, but only a matter of time.

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The most popular single item in our Shapeways shop is the 6mm power pylons set. The type of pylon depicted is very common in the UK, but pylon designs differ from country to country – it’s very obvious on my frequent trips to France, where the basic design is quite different. So we’ve added a new type of pylon to the range, this one being more of a ‘T’ shape (or ‘Y’, depending on how you look at it) than the original one’s ‘A’ frame.

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It comes in a set of three, priced at US $16.95 from our Shapeways store. At the moment they aren’t available from our website, but this is only a matter of time.