3D RESIN PRINTING SERVICES
Almost injection molding smoothness & superb surface finish for highly detailed display pieces or extremely complex & functional engineering prototypes.
1. Number of Buildplates
A build plate is essentially a new print job. Every build plate must be processed through a special computer program and then physically loaded onto the machine. In the case of Resin 3D printing, there's a lot of post-processing required even after the print is done, such as cleaning the parts in 99% pure lab-grade IPA and then UV-curing it to make sure all the monomers are fully crosslinked. This is why it's almost always worth it to pack the build plate as much as possible for the best possible unit price.
3. Print Time (Hours Per Buildplate)
A lot of complex math went into here to determine the hourly print time cost, taking into account local rent, printer depreciation, replacement parts cost, 3D printer repair labor cost, and other things like that. But basically, we are pretty confident we are extremely close to the true factor cost. And if anyone is billing a 3D printing hourly rate less than this, they will almost certainly lose money long term. Of course, as 3D printing technology gets cheaper and better, this number will likely asymptote toward just the hourly cost of land.
2. Custom Colors
To ensure we always have every material type in stock without wasting too much space storing colors that will only be used once and never again, we charge a little extra if you want to use a color other than the standard color. The standard color is usually Gray for Resin 3D printing, but it might be a different color for the engineering resins.
4. Material Usage (Grams Per Buildplate)
We don't actually make any money on the material portion. The material cost is simply the cost of material adjusted by the average probability of failed prints. For example, if the material cost is $5 but a print of similar nature a will fail 1 out of every 2 times, we will adjust the material cost by a factor of 2. So $10 will be the adjusted material cost. Of course, as 3D printing technology gets cheaper and better, the adjustment factor will trend toward 1 (100% print success rate).