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!
Thank you for taking the time to read our article!
The SD3D Printing Team