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Shapeways search engine - bleh

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  • Member since
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  • From: West Virginia, USA
Shapeways search engine - bleh
Posted by mfsob on Saturday, March 12, 2022 5:19 PM

As I dip my toe into 3D printed parts, I've been spending a lot of time on the Shapeways website - and getting very, very frustrated with their search engine. Maybe it's just me, but their search feature seems even more usless than the one in this forum. And that's saying something.

The only way I can usually find what I want is to use a Google search with the terms Shapeways and/or 3D printing in it, and the actual item I seek. Even then, I have to wade through dozens of offerings to try and winnow it down to the few I may actually want to buy.

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, March 12, 2022 7:12 PM


Nah, I think the one at Shapeways is a little bit better of the two... To me it looks like the search engine has the tendency to append the whole inventory to the results of the search.

Plus, with such a wide subject range you have the problem, that when you keep your search generic - for example "1:72" - you get a ton of results and sorted according to some unclear rule. And when you narrow it down sharply - like "M110 engine bay" - you will most likely get no results - sometimes it's even in stock, but described somewhat differently - and then Shapeways just shows you the whole inventory.

This sucks, but this isn't so easy to get right - especially with such a huge database of products. You might say that the search feture is just as good as the designers are at describing their products.

In the end it still is a very cool internet enterprise!

Good luck with it and have a nice day


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