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Pricing for 3D Printing vs. Injection Molding

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The general rule of thumb for manufacturing your product until this point has been this: 3D printing is a cheaper alternative when making a prototype of your invention and injection molding is the way to go for large quantities.  At SD3D we are changing that mentality with the cheapest and most competitive pricing possible for additive manufacturing.  No longer do you need to go overseas – create your product here at home in the USA for pricing that beats China! When comparing 3D printing vs. injection molding, we can see that 3D printing prices can be very competitive.  Read More

Makerbot Timelapse

Makerbot Timelapse (Video)

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Since we have a wide array of desktop 3D printers here at SD3D, we decided we would start doing a timelapse series.  Each of these printers have different pros and cons, including their own failure rates.  We recently decided to print a basketball hoop for the office on a Makerbot Replicator 2, and you can see, this occur at 100x normal speed.  This hoop took a total of 1 hour and 6 minutes to print: Read More

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SAN DIEGO THE LIST: Is 3D Printing The Way Of The Future?

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SD3D was the recent feature for San Diego The List! This well made video takes a look at our new offices and takes you on a tour with David and Bennett.

SD3D Printing is one of San Diego’s few 3D printing companies….and they’re expanding!
They recently moved to a larger location near Miramar Road after they grew out of their last work space. The company has grown extensively in the past three years and say 3D Printing is the way of the future!

Watch the video below for more, or click HERE if experiencing any playback issues. Read More

SD Reader – Printers That Can Make (Almost) Anything

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SD3D was recently featured in the San Diego Reader.  This article and video were made just before moving to our new offices but they do a good job highlighting our work and best-in-class San Diego 3D Printing services.

David Feeney and Bennett Berger co-founded SD3D on Convoy Street. It’s a bootstrapped, two-guys-will-print-it operation, a storefront space the size of a dentist’s waiting room. Over-tabled and over-strewn with wires, needle-nose pliers, gears, laser-light motors, Frappuccinos, and half a dozen desktop 3-D printers, whole or in various stages of undress. Four printers are busily at work, making robot parts, “26 hours a day,” says Berger. Their nozzles or extrusion tips zip and zigzag a solid object into being: “It’s an additive technology,” Feeney says. “It builds. You’re not cutting anything away.”

Watch the video below to find out more! Read More


ABE Pre-Production Update

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We have been working hard on bringing the first beta ABE units online and felt that an update was in order. Over the past few months, ABE has evolved from being a standalone adaptive build environment into the ideal networking solution for open source 3D printers. This change came about after opening up The Printer Farm to the public and beginning the process of adapting ABE to fit our internal processes. We quickly found that, even with the improved reliability and print quality that ABE provides, a networking solution was imperative for us to handle the complexity of fulfilling production orders with quantities in the thousands on multiple customer owned 3D printers. It was clear that we needed a way to centrally store system specific material settings and to slice from a single source. Our solution was to create a universal wireless 3D printing server by integrating additional computing power and wifi connectivity into the ABE platform. This allows us to access and print on any of the 3D printers in The Printer Farm from anywhere in the world via a secure web browser. Read More

The 3D Print Farm – a professional 3D printer hosting service

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Since our last writing, SD3D has developed a unique new service which we call the 3D Print Farm. This service was developed specifically to lower the cost of large volume 3D printing. The 3D Print Farm is a professional 3D printer hosting service which allows serious makers and startups to focus on bringing their products to market rather than running and maintaining their 3D printer. Instead of spending hours tinkering with your 3D printer, you could be spending that time working on your own business. Let us be your partner for automated 3D Printing as a service.

Our goal with the 3D Print Farm is to help run and maintain your printers and therefore removes the headache of you needing to babysit your printer all day. This allows 3D printer owners to benefit from the low piece costs of owning the printer while having the machine conveniently hosted by professional technicians in an optimized 3D printing environment. By providing regular maintenance and closely monitoring all aspects of the 3D print process, we can optimize uptime. The 3D printers in our 3D Print Farm in San Diego are guaranteed an uptime of 85%+ throughout the membership term. This means that your parts are going to be made quicker and more efficiently while simultaneously improving the print quality.

So how does The 3D Print Farm work?

Simply come in to a local SD3D and meet with a technician. Alternatively, give us a call to discuss the various costs that are associated with the printer hosting service. These costs include standard maintenance such as cleaning nozzles, tensioning belts, lubricating rods and bearings, and everything else that goes into keeping your printer running smoothly.

The average service cost to print a single bed in the 3D Print Farm comes to approximately $5.89 once all these aforementioned costs are factored in. The material for the prints can be either supplied by you or purchased from SD3D based on our current rate schedule, which is $0.035cm3 at time of writing. Therefore, the overall cost for your standard ABS or PLA prints in The 3D Print Farm comes to $5.89 + $0.035cm3. In terms of a real world item, that’s roughly $1.25 per custom iphone case.

How are we capable of operating at such low costs while maintaining a professional level of quality and reliability?

SD3D uses a set of proprietary equipment and lean processes to lower the amount of print failures. This in turn reduces wasted time spent setting up and maintaining the printer. One such piece of equipment which we covered in our last article is ABE. We have worked tirelessly over the last several months developing a universal Adaptive Build Environment. ABE is capable of being installed and removed from just about any desktop 3D printer in a matter of seconds. Therefore, SD3D can accept 3D printers from just about any manufacturer into the 3D print farm while guaranteeing improved print quality and costs through drastically lowering part defects and the necessity to reprint. Parts can be picked up locally in San Diego or shipped just about anywhere else.

Aside from all this, there are additional benefits to The 3D Print Farm. Once a member, you will receive discounts on all of SD3D’s other services. If a part exceeds the capabilities of your printer, we will print it on another printer in the farm at 20% off our standard low prices. Once the membership term is up, we may offer to purchase purchase the 3D printer. This allows you to recoup some of the costs from the initial purchase if you no longer have use for the printer.


If you have any questions or would like more information about joining The Printer Farm, contact us via the information below!


Phone: 619-786-5383

Website: SD3D


Thank you for taking the time to read our article!

The SD3D Printing Team

3D Print Farm

Q1 SD3D Update

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It has been awhile since we have written an article and as such we have so much to talk about. It has been exciting hearing about all the new 3D printing related Kickstarters, including the introduction of new 3D printing materials, and we can’t wait for what we have to show off too. We have been working non-stop this year between printing and consulting, increasing our printing and scanning capabilities, appearing at events as well as releasing the beta to our flagship product, ABE. Read More