[Edit: They didn’t switch the emails. It actually failed printing. The emails were unclear. D: ]
3D printing can be so frustrating.
I usually get an email from Shapeways many many days after my ordering, saying my model can’t be printed.
The latest episode was especially hair-tearing-inducing.
Previously, Shapeways only sent me the “your model is en route to the printer” only after manual checks have passed. I used to celebrate when I got this email, because it usually meant my models would actually be printed. Any failures after that would be due to failures during printing. However this time, I think Shapeways changed the order of the emails.
I believe Shapeways now automatically sends out the “en route” email, the day after an order has been placed, which makes that email kinda meaningless. I was so expecting my model, only to be let down a week and half later.
Also, this time, I know the model can be printed. I ordered it through Sculpteo a little while ago, but it broke during shipping. I was trying to test whether Shapeways had better packaging, not expecting it to fail manual tests.
Maybe Shapeways have less tolerances?
I don’t understand since they and Sculpteo use the same ZCorp printers.
*end of rant*