Shapeway Prints – Iris Mk2 and Heart Rings – oops

This is really a continuation of a forum thread where I may have complained too much about the quality of the recent shapeways prints I received.

Here are some photos with some explanations/captions :-

The Heart Shape Ring

What is it meant to look like?  See here : http://www.madox.net/blog/2008/12/03/cute-colourful-heart-rings/

What its meant to be like...
What its meant to be like...
Lumpy rings...
Lumpy rings...
More rings together...Notice the inconsistencies in heart shapes and that there is excess material within some of the heart cutouts
More rings together...Notice the inconsistencies in heart shapes and that there is excess material within some of the heart cutouts
A close up of the 'silver' one where I used some 'Rub & Buff' silver leaf paint applied using my fingertips. A lot of hand-washing afterward. Notice the ring just on the right and the 'blob' of excess material on the right side of it.
Showing the deformation on the other side of that blob.
Rings in a line.  Notice the two right most rings I've in the same orientation for comparison - a heart shape hole is missing on the silver one.
Rings in a line. Notice the two right most rings I

The Mechanical Iris Diaphragm Mk 2

What is it meant to be like?  See part section view here :- http://www.madox.net/blog/2008/12/04/rapid-prototyping-mechanical-iris-diaphragm-new-improved/

The reverse side of the iris.  Notice there is absolutely no gap/separation/distinction between the two inner/outer rings, it just looks like a frisbee....
The reverse side of the iris. Notice there is absolutely no gap/separation/distinction between the two inner/outer rings, it just looks like a frisbee....
A little chip on a support rib...no matter...
A little chip on a support rib...no matter...
Top side of the iris.  You can see a 'hint' of the blades in the centre but they're all fused together...
Top side of the iris. You can see a 'hint' of the blades in the centre but they're all fused together.
Another bottom side, you can see part of the blades through those holes on the bottom.
Another bottom side, you can see part of the blades through those holes on the bottom.
Top side at an angle...Nothing new
Top side at an angle...Nothing new

The miniature trebuchet…

I had a model ready to print, infact I was going to order it before I received these but thought I’ll wait to check the clearances work.  Lucky I didn’t order it yet… I hope Shapeways figures out what’s wrong with the latest batch of prints.

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