A common custom design scenario is combining features from two or more designs. We call them "fusion designs," which happen to be the most challenging for our customers to convey and the most challenging for us to interpret. Combining features often leads to unintended output. Unless one takes the time to draw their plan with multiple views, with the common response by the customer to another's interpretation is, "That isn't the way I intended!" The irony of this is that communicating "intention" in design requires illustration, because imagination is not accountable to time, space or matter - there's all kinds of things one can imagine that aren't possible in the real world, and so the imagination must be held accountable to illustration (preferably 3D drawings, or CAD), and then the designer must be held accountable to manufacturablility or engineering; making your design work in real life.
Whether you have CAD or not, or have a drawing with a top/side/front and perspective view, we can help bring your "fusion design" to life, but please know that exact estimates are not possible and there's always a chance (rarely) that the project will be abandoned, especially if concepts have not been illustrated to the end-customer.
M.C. Escher was a leading talent for imagining and drawing the impossible...stimulating the looker's imagination to appreciate the artistic talent for optical illusion, and to find the "impossible" in his work. Please take the time to browse through his galleries -it's well worth it.
Just remember, if the "picture" has a round 2 carat diamond in a size 6 finger, there's no way we can make it "like the picture" with a 1 carat princess diamond in a size 7! We will have to add or subtract design elements to come close, and hopefully, the output will be better than imagined!
If your model is made of wax, multiply by its weight by 22.00, then you'll have a good approximation of what your casting will weigh. To convert from pennyweight to grams, multiply (dtw) x (1.555) = your weight in grams. For Envisiontec models, multiply by 18.7 (instead of 22), and for Solidscape models, multiply by 15.7 (instead of 22). You may also calculate the volume of your CAD file; platinum's density factor (approx 22) applies. Actually the density factor is 21.4, but we say 22 because it's better to estimate slightly heavy due to sprue cuts and other factors.
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