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Pricing

What is the cost for 3D printing?

The cost for 3D Printing depends on a few variables such as the amount of material used, the type of material, density, and the resolution we are printing at. The resolution impacts cost because higher resolutions take longer to print than the lower resolutions.

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. 

What is the standard lead time?

Our standard lead time is 3-7 business days but we offer an expedition fee starting at $40 depending on the size and quantity of your part.

Do you fix printers? How much do you charge?

We actually no longer offer to fix printers.  Please see our various tutorials for some in-house remedies. A full detailed book on how to diagnose and fix problems will be coming soon 

 

Printing Dimensions and Quality

What is the maximum build volume?

11.7” x 11.7” x 11.5” currently with a 15” x 15” x 12” coming soon.

What is the highest resolution (quality)?

The highest resolution we can print at today we call Ultra HD and has a tolerance of 90 microns (0.09mm) in the Z-direction and 125 microns (0.125mm) in the X/Y direction. Fine resolution is 100 microns (0.1mm) in the Z-direction and 200 microns (0.2mm) in the XY direciton.

Our standard resolution has a tolerance of 250 microns (0.25mm) in the Z-direction and 300 microns (0.3mm) 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.

What is a comparison of your qualities?

Print QualityOur quality settings from left to right are Fine (100 micron layer height), Standard (250 micron layer height), and Draft (380 micron layer height)

What sort of parts do you print?

We can print almost anything that you can 3D design. Our printers are more tailored towards mechanical parts and prototypes rather than intricate small shapes. However, we can be creative to slice various prints to optimize the print settings.

Do you have SLA/SLS 3D printers?

No, we currently are only printing with FDM printers as we specialize in low cost prototyping and low-medium volume manufacturing. SLA prints can come out really nice but are far more expensive and often not feasible due to cost. We have a few local companies we can recommend you to in order to get SLA or SLS prints completed.

How strong/dense can a print be?

This property, called infil, can drastically change the price of your part. Most non structural parts can be printed in PLA with our standard 20% infill settings. For a very dense part, it is likely you would not need more than 75% infill. ABS with very high infill are very strong parts yet have the tenancy to want to warp.

Materials

What is 'infill' and how does it refer to strength?

Infill refers to the amount of material is used to fill your print.  Since 3D printing involves building from the ground up, we can actually change the amount of material that is being used in your project.  Some items can even be printed hollow.  The higher the infill, the longer the print, the more material, and the more costly the project is. infill

What materials are available and how are they different?

The standard materials we print in are ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PLA (Polylactic acid) plastics. These are the lower cost and easier to print materials.

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.

What colors are available?

We can print in any color that the 3D printing material comes in. Colors include: black, white, green, red, yellow, blue, silver, pink, orange, gold, semi-translucent, etc… If you are looking for a translucent material, the options are natural PLA or another exotic material such as t-glase or PET. We can apply the clear coat to the t-glase or PET to increase the translucency.

Other unique materials may be limited in their color selection.

Can you print in multiple colors? Multiple materials?

We currently only print in 1 color and 1 material at a time. There are some printers that have 2 extruders which can print 2 colors or 2 materials and also some machines that can print in full color. These prints tend to cost a tremendous amount more (2-10+ the cost of our solutions).

What kind of post processing do you offer?

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. We can also apply the finish to t-glase and PET for more of a translucent look.

Can you cast my part?

We offer the ability to take a silicon mold of your 3D printed part or print a negative of your part.  We can then continue the process of cold casting your parts for quick turnarounds.

 

Submissions

How can I send you my files?

The quickest and easiest way to get a quote is to use our Auto Quoting Tool by uploading an STL. If you don’t have the STL, you can send us over the design file(s) and we can try to convert it to STL for you. However, this can add processing time to your order so it is best if you are able to export to STL directly from your design software. 

Can you sign an NDA?

Yes, please send over the appropriate NDA and we will send it back as soon as possible.

What should I have and know before submitting a part for a quote?

You should have the .STL file and the material in mind that you would like to print it in.  Please watch our video on how to design for 3D printing to make sure your model is printable.

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

Do you offer 3D modeling and design work?

Yes we offer 3D design work as well as the ability to set up a free 15 minute consultation with one of our in house designers. We charge $80 an hour and we will give you an estimate on time and price during the consultation.

What software programs are used?

We generally do our design work in Solidworks and Creo

What is the cost for 3D Design?

Design services are $80/hour and the cost for a full design just depends on the complexity of the design. We can schedule a complimentary 5-10 minutes design review for you to meet with one of our designers and discuss the project.

Designing for Printing

How do I design parts that fit together for 3D printing?

Please watch our video on how to design for 3D printing to make sure your model is printable.

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.

How can I send you my files?

The quickest and cheapest way to get a quote is to send over the STL. If you don’t have the STL, you can try to send us over the design file and we can try to convert it to STL. However, sometimes this process messes with the mesh. Other file formats we do accept for conversion are Solid Part files (SLDPRT), STEP, PRT and other common 3D model files.

What other things should I keep in mind when designing for 3D printing?

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.

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

Do you offer scanning services?

Yes, but not for high detail mechanical parts.  For scanning individuals in figurine or bust form, we can do that after setting up a meeting.  The price ranges from $75-$100 per person.

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.

What is the cost for 3D scanning?

Individual scans for busts or figurines cost $75-$100 and parts with specific measurements generally start at a minimum of $500 (which is why having our designers start from scratch is often less expensive).

Quality and Types of Scanning

What resolution can you scan at?

Larger objects will have a lower resolution, but our vendor offers a resolution of up to 0.1% of scan size (down to 0.06 mm) and a mesh density of up to 1,200,000 vertices per scan.  We generally say that it will not quite be this accurate, since this is in an ideal situation.

What type of 3D scanners do you have?

We currently use the Sense scanner with itSeez3D post processing for scanning individuals.  High detail scans would be outsourced.

What size objects can you scan?

The sense scanner can scan larger objects with lower resolution. It also scans humans with ease.  Large high detail scans are not currently possible with the connections we have. 

Features

Why become a member?

With a small initial investment we can guarantee you the cheapest prices available for 3D printed parts.  If you plan on doing large orders you can expect to save thousands of dollars vs our normal pricing.  We can even dedicate a printer for your prints when needed. 

What is 'White Label Fulfilment?

As members you get the best access to our customer services and available options.  White Label Fulfillment means we can send your parts to the final destination with your labeling.  This means you can sell products to customers without ever having to leave your chair!

Pricing and Quantity

What are the differences between memberships?

Each membership has an initial deposit required in order to designate a machine to your parts.  It doesn’t take long though for this investment to pay off.

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!

How much do I need to print for my investment to pay off?

Doing break-even math vs our normal pricing, the economy plan begins saving you money on anything over 2,000 cubic centimeters, or roughly $900 in our normal pricing.  If you plan on spending over $1,000 or printing over 2,000 cubic centimeters in a year, our membership is the way to go! 

Visit our Membership page for more info!