Getting Started with 3D Printing

3D printing is a rapidly developing new technology that is revolutionizing manufacturing, and you can be a part of it! IdeaLink's 3D printing service couldn't be easier to use, if you can draw it, we can print it for you. We currently print a variety of colors of ABS and PLA plastics and we can print objects up to 16" x 16" x 21"  (40cm x 40cm x 53cm). Some tips for future designers, parts with less overhanging bodies are easier, and thus cheaper, to print. As are designs that require lower tolerances.



The real power of 3D printing is that it enables anyone to create parts with complicated geometry that were very difficult and expensive to make before, for a fraction of the cost. So go ahead, unlock your mind and start making.


Steps:

  1. Design what you want to print or download a 3D model from http://www.thingiverse.com or elsewhere. As mentioned before, parts that have overhangs less than 45 degrees are harder to print (meaning slightly more expensive) than those that don't.
  2. Save your model as a .stl file.
  3. Buy a 3D printer or upload your design to our online 3D printing service.
  4. Fill out the form on the 3D printing page, (if you bought your own printer you don't need to do the rest of these steps) .
  5. In the comments box, put the number of parts you want printed, the resolution of the print (low medium high), higher resolution is slower and more expensive but produces a better part, the percent fill of the part, 0 - 100%, 100% equals a completely solid part, 0% equals and empty shell, increasing the percent fill increases the cost and print time too. Also put any other comments or requests you may have and click send. We will contact you within 24 hours with a price quote and upon your approval we will print and ship your design to your door.



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