Just wondering how much something like this attached storage block would cost to 3d print? I have attached an inventor 2014 ipt file of it. Just looking for a rough estimate for like cost of media and such. We are looking for a reason for our company to purchase a 3d printer. we build details like this all the time by purchasing HDPE OR UMHW and machining it. just wondering if it would be cheaper to 3d print it.
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IMO.. $150-200 each..
Its easily going to be cheaper to machine it.
for just a few parts if you want to outsource these guts are great..
Not sure if you have ever had a 3d printed part made before but its not going to be as strong/durable as a machine part.
Now there are other technologies like FDM/SLA/SLS that will be better but in NO way will a simple part like that be cheaper to 3d print whatever technology you go with.
If you are looking to justify the cost of purchasing a 3D printer (rather than outsourcing the print to a service) I really like this technology because you can very quickly go through iterations without having engage outside vendors, inside machinists....
It will cost a lot because it's thick.
The more obvious question is why you would bother. Why 3D print that which can be made with a table saw and a drill press?
If you're still keen on printing it, export the part as an .stl file (note your export units of measure, as you will need either inches, centimeters, or meters on upload) and upload to Shapeways. (www.shapeways.com) The price will be calculated fairly immediately over a wide array of materials.
Just tell them that I said you guys need one. That should do it. Get me one too, while you're at it.
that's funny Chad I will let them know. we are just investigating things right now.
IMO.. The output from typical 3d printers (with the weed wacker PLA/ABS string extruders) are NOT suitable for production parts.
Great for DIY "makers" but the tech is not suitable for professionals.
FDM/SLS is a slightly different story..
We ONLY use 3d printing technologies for in-house prototypes just to check form/fit/function and they usually end up in pieces by the time we are done doing that.
Of course I also don't design big/bulky stuff.. I do thin walls/cores/cavities,etc... ..optimized for injection molding..
That part as you modeled it is 100% meant to be a cnc machined part..
3d printers can be used for in-house assembly jigs where tolerance and fixture/part life are not critical but I would NEVER buy a product from a professional company if I saw 3d printed parts in it..
this part is low precision, it is only used to store gage pins when not in use. the holes are typ. 1mm or so oversize for clearance.
But 3d printing is going to be far more than... $50 USD.. (and if its costing you more than that to machine a one-off you are doing something wrong)
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