Common Questions

  • We turn projects around as fast as possible and can complete some work same-day, but the timeline depends entirely on the scope of work. Here are some averages to give you a better idea. If you have a tight deadline, please contact us ASAP so that we can make a quick assessment for you.

    • Single 3D Prints: 1-3 business days if the job is small to medium size, 2-5 business days for large prints, 4-8 business days for SLS prints.
    • Short-Run Manufacturing: Production runs are heavily dependent on what is bring printed and how many. We oftentimes fulfill as prints are completed if parts are needed ASAP. Contact us for a specific quote.
    • 3D Modeling: 1-5 business days, depending on the complexity of the design and the number of concurrent design jobs.
    • 3D Scanning: 1-5 business days.
  • We often build objects that are larger than our build sizes by printing objects in parts and assembling. That being said, we have build sizes as large as 39 x 39 x 28 inches (1 x 1 x 0.7 meters) and as small as 5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9 inches (145  x 145 x 175 mm) and are constantly increasing our printing capacity.

  • 3D printing, modeling, and scanning projects rely on the scope of work to determine the price, but we have provided some averages below. We offer free consultations in which we can provide a ballpark figure to help determine whether you would like to move forward with a formal proposal.

    On average, 3D printing jobs are between $100 and $1000 (with a minimum of $25). Short-run manufacturing and production run prints can cost as low as $1 per unit with an average of $5-25 per unit.

    3D modeling is $125/hour and our average modeling projects are 2-6 hours.

    3D scanning is $500 for a half-day session which can include multiple parts in that same half-day session, and if the job takes less than two hours we will prorate that down to $250.

  • Currently we are able to scan non-moving objects. Scanning is labor-intensive so we prefer to carve out a half-day session per client, and can typically scan multiple items in that half-day session. The result of a scan is a point cloud file (OBJ, STL, etc.) that can be manipulated in mesh-based software but not directly-edited parametric CAD software. If you need an editable file for reverse engineering or specific changes, the scan data needs to be converted (manually) to a CAD model which would add additional modeling hours to the project.

    We prefer to know our clients’ end goals with a scan so that we can confirm that the output we provide will meet the needs of the project. For instance, if the scan is intended to then go to manufacturing, a point cloud will not likely suffice and a CAD model will need to be created from the point cloud data.

  • The most common materials we print with are PLA, ABS, PET, Flexible, Polycarbonate, Nylon, and SLA Resins (standard, tough, high-temp, dental, castable, flexible). However, we have access to a wide variety of materials beyond this list and more materials are entering the 3D printing industry on a weekly basis. We can help determine which material is best for your project based on the geometry and the intended use of your parts.

3D Printing Basics

3D Printing — also known as additive manufacturing — is a process for turning a digital file (its CAD representation) into a physical object by adding materials layer by layer.

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     Every print needs a file        


 

  • Do you have a project where an item/object is required as a deliverable, or perhaps you have an idea for a product and you would like a prototype?

  • Is your file ready for 3D printing and you just need a quote?  Or are you in need of file repair to make your file printable first?

  • Do you have an item that is damaged and is no longer available for purchase, or is a one-of-a-kind item, and you would like a digital file made from it for reproduction?

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Determine materials and process (we can help).


 

  • 3D printing materials have been in rapid development over the last few years and options range from strong, durable, flexible, tough, castable, UV resistant, flame resistant, and much more. With a little information about the intended use of your final item we can can help you determine which method will be best suited for your needs.

  • There are various 3D printing methods we can use for your print project. Depending on the geometry of your part and the final finish you require we can help make the determination as to the most suited method for your needs.

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Project Production/Completion


 

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  • After the scope of work is developed, we will provide you with a price quote, which can be an informal estimate or formalized quote depending on your needs.

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Pricing

We offer flexible pricing packages.  Ask about package deals and student discounts.

Modeling

$125/hr

  • Assorted 3D modeling and file repair
  • Projects generally take 2-10 hours depending on complexity

Scanning

$500/Half Day

  • Most projects take one session
  • Larger/detailed projects may take longer
  • Post-scan modeling may be needed

Printing

$10-40/HR

  • Pricing dependent on project length
  • Steep discounts on volume orders