When it comes to using a 3D printing service, a variety of variables can affect the overall price. In this article, we’ll look at a number of techniques you can use to adjust the cost, breaking them down into three main categories:
Naturally, regardless of design, options, and settings, one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the best price is to compare the costs of different 3D printing services. With Craftcloud, the 3D printing and price comparison service from All3DP, you’ll receive real-time prices from a variety of globally-operating services, and there are no extra fees!
A main factor in 3D print price determination is the cost per unit volume of material. Thus, one of the first things to try is to reduce the amount of material used. This can be achieved in a number of ways:
If you’re willing to take things to the next level, the following methods will result in a lower cost but probably at the cost of overall print quality. Consider using them especially for larger parts or parts that will anyway undergo significant post-processing.
If you plan on printing multiple objects using a 3D printing service, you should follow the general rule: buy in bulk. In most cases, the more you print, the less expensive each individual object will be.
The following methods can save you money, however, they’re generally used in special cases where other methods have already been tried and printing is still too expensive.
As mentioned earlier, one of the best ways to make sure you’re getting the price and provider you need is to compare 3D printing services. Unfortunately, keeping tabs open for even five different services and going through their various ordering processes can be quite the hassle, especially if they offer different materials and finishes.
Using Craftcloud, the 3D printing and price comparison service from All3DP, you can see all the options for over 10 globally-operating services. The price estimates are real-time, there are no additional service fees, and if you aren’t sure about exactly what you need, we offer round-the-clock support.
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