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Factors That Affect The Cost Of 3D Printing Services

Many companies now choose 3D printing services to produce product samples or produce parts in small batches. So what are the factors that determine the price of 3D printing services?

3D Printer Price

At present, there are more than 10 mainstream 3D printing technologies, and correspondingly there are many types of 3D printers, and the price differences are also very large. The cheapest printer only costs more than 1,000 yuan, while the most expensive 3D printer costs more than 10 million yuan.

Maintenance Cost

Like many other machines, 3D printers require proper maintenance, which naturally comes at a cost. The more expensive the SLS,SLA or FDM 3D Printing machine, the higher the maintenance cost.

The price and maintenance cost of a 3D printer determine the hourly startup cost.

3D Printing Materials

The cost gap between different materials is also very large. The cheapest materials cost only a few cents per gram, while the more expensive materials cost a few yuan to dozens of yuan per gram.

3D Model Size And Complexity

The size and complexity of the 3D model actually ultimately affect one point, the speed of printing, or efficiency. Parts printed in 3 hours will naturally cost less than parts printed in 5 hours.

post processing

After 3D printing is completed, post-processing is often required to further improve the quality of the printed parts, such as polishing, coloring, etc., which will also incur corresponding 3d printing costs.