Since our last writing, SD3D has developed a unique new service which we call “The Printer Farm”. The Printer Farm is a 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 beyond hours tinkering with your printer in order to get a successful print, you could be spending that time working on your own business. SD3D helps 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 printing environment. By providing regular maintenance and closely monitoring all aspects of the print process, the 3D printers in our 3D Printer 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 Printer Farm work? Simply come in to a local SD3D and meet with a technician or 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 printer farm comes to approximately $5.89 once all these aforementioned costs are factored in. The material for the prints can be either supplied by the customer or purchased from SD3D at standard market rates. Therefore the overall cost for your standard ABS or PLA prints in The 3D Printer 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 and wasted time spent setting up the print. 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 that would be capable of being installed and removed from just about any desktop 3D printer in a matter of seconds. ABE therefore allows SD3D to accept 3D printers from just about any manufacturer into the printer 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 Printer 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, SD3D may offer to purchase the printer, allowing 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!
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The SD3D Printing Team