|Nylon||High detail acrylic||Clear acrylic||Economy Plastic||Full Colour Sandstone|
|Application||Functional parts, prototyping and small series production. Automotive, architectural, robotics, drones, fashion & accessories.||High detail applications and Thermoforming applications.||High detail transparent parts.||Draft prototyping, big size models.||Full colour visual models|
|Finish||High detail porous surface||High detail smooth surface||High detail smooth surface||Low detail rough surface||Medium detail rough surface|
|Properties||Strong, flexible, interlocking parts, design freedom.||High detail, smooth, thermally stable, hard, brittle.||Transparent, high detail, smooth, hard, brittle.||Low detail, economic, large build volume.||Low detail, full colour, hard, fragile|
|Colours||White||Beige||Clear||ASA - white ABS - white, black, yellow PLA - fluor-green, luminous-blue, gold, silver, yellow, red, purple||Full colour Plain (light grey)|
|Pricing and lead-time|
|Price per part||$2.00||$10.00||$10.00||$10.00||$5.00|
|Volume pricing||$0.143 per Model cc plus $0.209 per Bounding box cc||$2.20 per Model cc||$2.75 per Model cc||PLA/ASA: $0.66 per Model cc ABS: $0.80 per Model cc||$1.21 per Model cc|
|Lead-time||7 business days||5 business days||On request||5 business days||5 business days|
|Maximum Bounding box||480 x 480 x 560 mm||310 x 770 x 190 mm||310 x 770 x 190 mm||280 x 190 x 240 mm||380 x 150 x 250 mm|
|Minimum wall thickness||0.8 mm||1 mm||1 mm||2 mm||3 mm|
|Resolution||0.12 mm||0.1 mm||0.05 mm||0.3 mm||0.05 mm|
|Accuracy||0.15%, 0.15 mm minimum||0.1%, 0.1 mm minimum||0.1%, 0.1 mm minimum||2 mm||1 mm|
|Clearance||0.4 mm||0.2 mm||0.2 mm||2 mm||1 mm|
In our pricing models we use “Material volume” and “Box volume” to calculate the part price, these volumes are explained in detail below. Use our automatic quoting tool to calculate the price of your model.
Material volume: This is the actual printed volume of the model. Most 3D-CAD software can calculate this for you alternatively you can upload your model in our quoting tool and it will calculate this for you. To reduce the material volume of your model you can make the model hollow, if you do so please ensure there are “escape holes” for the material inside the model to escape after printing and ensure the model complies with the minimum wall thickness of your material of choice.
Box volume: This is the volume of an imaginary box that encloses the model,as shown in the example on the right. This is the volume that the model takes up in our printers. You can try to fit multiple parts inside the same box volume to reduce the price of your model. Please ensure the model complies with the minimum clearance of your material of choice.
Below is a description of the design guidelines used in the comparison table. If you require any help regarding design limitations please contact us and we will help you out. If you require help with making modifications to your model please refer to our design services.
Maximum bounding box: These are the maximum model dimensions that we can physically fit in our printers. Our machines are amongst the biggest on the market today. If your model does not fit in the maximum bounding box of the material, you can choose to cut the model in several parts and glue them back together after printing.
Minimum wall thickness: This is the minimum required feature thickness to be able to successfully print your model. If any part of your model is thinner than the minimum requirement we will not be able to print your design. You should also consider the function of the model when designing thin features like thin walls and wires, make sure the model will be strong enough for it’s purpose.
Resolution: This is the actual resolution of the printer. Any details smaller than the resolution will not be visible on the printed model. Since all our printing technologies build the model layer by layer this is also the step size that you might see on angled and curved surfaces. We orientate your model based on a few criteria of which surface finish and printing lines is a very important one.
Accuracy: This is the dimensional accuracy after printing and post processing. When you design models that fit onto each other or onto another product please take these numbers into account in your design.
Clearance: this is the minimum amount of empty space required between two parts or tow separate parts of the model like two walls, for Nylon this also applies to interlock mechanisms. If the space between your parts is less than the requirement the parts will be fused together during the printing process.