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Old 01-13-2017, 01:25 PM   #21
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Default Re: Post up! Any new upgrades coming for SCX10.2?

Knight Customs does some nice looking inner fenders.
https://www.shapeways.com/product/23...ionId=60589480
They are very pricey, but are Shapeways SLS, which is far superior to the DIY FDM prints that are around.
I was going to do some myself, but since James is already there i've go straight on the a D90 body build instead. Watch this space for some cool Land Rover SCX10ii parts.
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:06 PM   #22
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The product looks spot on; but, the price seems steep. A profit is fair and he created the product, so I understand and won't bash on that. I'm just curious on what kind of mark up that is with materials once you take the actual printer out - assuming it's owned and paid for.
Certainly with Shapeways stuff, which is high quality but pricey, the mark up for a designer is unlikely to be very great. The prints themselves are the big cost. A 10 or 15% markup is probably pretty common, and when you factor in the dozens if not 100's of hours of highly skilled work that can go into some of the designs, you see the profitability is laughable. Guys are doing it as a hobby that subsidises itself, rather that actually trying to make money.
What you are getting for your money is some (sometimes!) very nice, almost bespoke designed parts for a very niche market of customers. You get cool parts that not everybody has.
A set of injection moulded inner fenders will be a fraction of the price, and that skews our ideas about what parts should cost, but a manufacturer would need to sell tens of thousands of them to really make a profit.
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:15 PM   #23
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Dbx makes some valid points. Pretty much everything Shapeways does is files from independent people who are designing for their own fun. The majority of the cost of building these is material cost and machine time. I know what the cost of material is they're using, and although it wouldn't sound expensive, it adds up quick. I'll save the details but that's where the cost comes from.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:46 PM   #24
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Great insight. Thank you for the input and explanations. It definitely helps understand the cost better.
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