THE PROCESS: STEP BY STEP GUIDE
STEP 1: 3D DESIGN
Every form in the physical world started off inside someone's head. These ideas get further refined into blueprints or 3D models. This way, they can be conjured into existence using a CNC machine, 3D printer, or simply good old modeling clay. We offer 3D design in the form of CAD & 3D modeling.
STEP 2: 3D PRINTING
Once there's a 3D model computer file, the next step is to bring that form into the physical world. We have various super high-resolution 3D printers. Our finest printer can print in 0.05mm resolution. Our largest printer can print anything within a 13.6-inch x 7.7-inch x 15.7-inch build volume with similar resolution.
STEP 3: MOLD MAKING
3D printing is great for making 1 to 10 copies of something. But if you want 10 to 1000 copies of something, it's best to make a low volume production mold. We do this by designing & producing 3D printed molds. For finer details, we print a mold of mold. And make the final mold out of silicon rubber.
STEP 4: SMALL VOLUME PRODUCTION
We usually print in Gray Prototyping Resin. But we can also print in Production Resin of various colors, hardness, softness, wear resistance, heat resistance, or even wax. With our mold, we can also cast in any resin, soap, wax, concrete, or any castable material.
STEP 5: RAPID PROTOTYPING
Evolution is the most powerful force in the universe. Using the above tools, we can go through many design, build, & test cycles in an extremely short period of time. And do so extremely cost-effectively. Perhaps even a few loops a week depending on the project.
CAN I SEE SOME SAMPLE PARTS?
All prints shown on this site are available for viewing in person. We also hand out sample parts in the form of 3D printed business cards for you to keep, which are basically sample parts with our name & number underneath it. Specialty demo parts in different materials are available upon request but may take a few days to print & post process.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Our price can be based on per-hourly or per-job, depending on the job. If you already have a 3D file, we can simply print it for you on a per-part basis. If you just need 3D design, we can do 3D modeling on a per-hourly or per-job basis. If you just want molds made, we can design & manufacture you the mold on a per-mold basis. Our pricing model is very flexible, so talk to us!
WHAT IF THE JOB IS TOO SMALL?
We aim to make 3D design & rapid digital manufacturing available to everyone. Of course, every company needs to make enough money to pay the bills. But beyond some minimal financial sustainability, we aim to create cool or useful things that will make the world a better place. We may turn down more lucrative corporate jobs if we feel the smaller jobs will have a bigger impact on the person's life or the world at large.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Time to complete the job depends on the nature of the job, how many jobs are in the queue, printer maintenance schedule, availability of materials, the complexity of design & manufacturing (among other factors). A simple print may be completed in a few hours & fully cured in a day. Most companies UV cure parts for 10 minutes. But we like to UV cure our parts for 48+ hours because we optimize quality over job count.
WHAT IF I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE JOB?
To minimize the distance between expectation & reality, we have many sample parts. We are also hyper-realistic about the limitations of 3D design & printing technologies. Because that is the only way we can move forward. We don't shy away from what's not working. We like to address difficult problems in the calmest & most rational lens possible. However, if all else fails, talk to us! I'm sure we can work something out.
DO YOU HAVE A CUSTOMER REFERRAL PROGRAM?
Yes. We are always looking for cool, useful, or interesting projects. Particularly ones that have the potential to benefit a lot of people in an extremely tangible way. If you exerted the effort to help us find more ways to contribute to this world & we are actually getting paid for it, then we believe you deserve a slice of that real productivity growth also.
IN THE PAST FEW DECADES...
Our world had seen rapid progress in computers (and maybe a little bit of biotech). However, our physical world is still largely unchanged. Housing is still unaffordable for most. Infrastructure is still old & crumbling. Although our lever to create digitally is getting ever more God-like, our lever to create in the physical world is still as expensive & regulated to death as ever.
Our goal is to use the immense computation power of the world of bits to create cool & new things in the world of atoms. Although we are only creating miniatures & plant arts for the moment in our own product lines, our ambition doesn’t stop at mere toys. We want to eventually expand into ergonomic furnitures & even affordable sustainable housings.
We dream of a world where our chairs are as comfortable & meticulously designed as our social media user interface. We dream of a world where the basic necessities of life are as accessible & visually stunning as the latest video games (during a sale). We dream of a world where the world of atoms is every bit as awesome as the world of bits.