Around 22 May Shapeways will introduce a new way of calculating their their prices for the materials most suited for scale models: Frosted Ultra Detail and Frosted Extreme Detail. The new formula is rather complex, but they predict 70% of the items will become cheaper, 10% will not really change and 20% will become more expensive.
Good news? Yes and no. It appears that larger designs will increase in price and the same applies to designs with a lot of separate parts.
The latter issue can be corrected by designers, but it may take some time before they have correct everything and the new files are accepted by Shapeways. So... if you really need something you might want to order it now, if you are not in a rush you might want to wait a few weeks and see how this will play out.
Here's a list of interesting webshops on Shapeways
(and yes, thats me)
For those of you who want to understand the difference, it used to be $5 + $3.45/cm^3 ($5,99/cm^3 for FXD), now it will become a whole lot more complicated:https://www.shapeways.com/forum/t/road-to-major-fud-improvements-starts-with-repricing.80212/
Tips for my fellow designers:https://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/design-for-low-cost-3d-printing-fud?etId=159751751&utm_source=sw-email-9&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170510-FUD-Repricing