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Commercial 3d printing support and or advice

Discussion in 'General' started by tdelegram, Oct 28, 2022.

  1. tdelegram

    tdelegram Well-Known Member


    I have a 3d model ready to produce (something a little larger than a softball). Looking for options to to get 100 or so units produced or options other than 3d that could reduce the production costs. Any experts out here I can consult?

  2. Phl218

    Phl218 .

    upload it on xometry.com and check the different options for material and method depending on your needs
  3. Montoya

    Montoya Well-Known Member

    Not familiar with the link that Phil provided, but if you’re wanting high end contracted 3D printing, the link below has some phenomenal folks. They’re factory reps for the very high end commercial/industrial printers, provide contract printing, and have some great design courses for additive manufacturing.

  4. rafa

    rafa Well-Known Member

  5. YoshiHNS

    YoshiHNS Mr. Slowly

    3D Hubs. They have been the cheapest by far compared to others. Use them at work for things we can't do in house or if there's qty. Really nice price breaks for qty.

  6. Phl218

    Phl218 .


    we went from protolabs to xometry

    protolabs has their own machines and printers but is rather expensive

    xometry farms it out to shops. some parts we do directly with shops out of those relationships (hint, put your company mane as letters on the parts, they will contact you and you iwll get even better pricing)
  7. IL8APEX

    IL8APEX Well-Known Member

    What Phil said.

    At 100 units you're squarely in no man's land in terms of processes. Too many to 3D print, too few to justify aluminum tooling and injection molding. Go with the cheaper sunk cost.


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