We need the 3D file in order to tell you the exact amount of how much the print will cost. Please visit our Automatic Quoting Tool and submit your .STL for an accurate price.
Printing Dimensions and Quality
Our standard resolution has a tolerance of 250 microns (0.25mm) in the Z-direction and 200 microns (0.2mm) in the X/Y direction. Finally our draft resolution has a tolerance of 400 microns (0.4mm) in the Z-direction and 300 microns (0.3mm) in the XY direction. These tolerances are determined by the layer heights and nozzle diameters. The lower the quality, the quicker the print can be completed.
ABS is the same material used in Legos, it is strong and a little flexible. PLA is a biodegradable material made from corn starch which is extremely strong yet can be brittle. We can also print in most exotic 3D printing materials such as nylon, t-glase, PET+, carbon fiber ABS, polycarbonate ABS (PC-ABS), flexible materials, and more. For a full list and in depth description of each, visit our Materials page.
For ABS, we can provide a vapor finish for an additional cost. This essentially melts the material down slightly and blends all the layers together to give the “injection mold” appearance. This also makes ABS pieces watertight. For PLA, we can provide a brush on clear coat finish which gives it a shiny finish. When designing dimensionally accurate pieces, there are shrinkage rates with the different printing materials. This is a common situation even with injection molding parts.
PLA tends not to shrink while ABS often has a shrinkage rate between 7-8%. It all depends on each material manufacturer and therefore ABS with one companies filament can shrink less than another companies filaments.
Other unique materials may be limited in their color selection.
For PLA, we can provide a brush on clear coat finish which gives it a shiny finish. We can also apply the finish to t-glase and PET for more of a translucent look.
You should also know the quality that you want, the density (infill), and what you hope to use the product for. As you can tell in the Materials Page, each material has it’s pros and cons.
3D Modeling and Pricing
Designing for Printing
When printing push fit pieces, you need to design the larger piece (the part that the smaller part is being pushed into) a little larger. Or make the smaller piece slightly smaller. For example, if you are designing a button to fit into a remote control, you either need to design the button’s perimeters about 0.125-0.3mm smaller (depending on the quality you ordered) or the hole perimeter in the remote control about 0.125-0.3mm larger.
You should also try to have a flat bottom, since that is easiest to print. Extreme angles are also tough and anything larger than our current build volume of 11.7” x 10.8” x 9.8” would have to be split into multiple parts.
Scanning and Pricing
For scanning an actual part that requires proper measurements, we will outsource this job or design in house rather than scan. High detail scanners still cost a lot of money and are only really cost effective for something that is too difficult to model by a designer on a computer.
Quality and Types of Scanning
Pricing and Quantity
With an investment of $499 per year you will have access to print up to 2,500 grams of plastic per month at a rate of $0.20 per cubic centimeter. $999 will give you access to 5,000 grams of plastic per month at a rate of $0.18 per cubic centimeter. Finally $1499 per year will get you the ability to print 9,000 grams at a rate of $0.16 per cubic centimeter. That is nearly 1/3 our normal prices!
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