3D Printing pricing

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MECALEXO is equipped with the latest production 3D printers available. We use Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology to build parts from the bottom up with precisely deposited layers of modeling and support material. We can print your design in Montreal on one of our printers and ship it to your Worldwide location normally in less than a week. You send us an STL file, we send you back your part ! To place an order, please use our sister site: http://www.customsparepart.com/

Capabilities

We produce durable prototypes, manufacturing tools and end-use parts using a production-grade ABS thermoplastic used in real manufacturing applications. We deliver reliable, flexible part production for prototyping and direct digital manufacturing – all at an affordable price. Build envelope (XYZ): 10 x 10 x 12 inches (254 x 254 x 305 mm) Layer Thickness: 0.013 in (0.330 mm), 0.010 in (0.254 mm) or 0.007 in (0.178 mm) Available colors :Ivory, White, Black, Dark Grey, Red, Blue, Olive Green, Nectarine, Fluorescent Yellow and Custom Colors on request

Achievable Accuracy: Parts are produced within an accuracy of ±0.095 inch (± 0.241 mm). Note: accuracy is geometry dependent. Achievable accuracy specification derived from statistical data at 95% dimensional yield.

Pricing

The pricing to print a 3D part is based on the volume of the material needed.  There are two materials to take into account: the support material and the actual ABS used.  If your part is simple with no overhanging features, support will be kept to a minimum (base plate to start the print).  However, if many features are overhanging, support material could account for a great pourcentage of the total cost.  Also, for parts that are filled with ABS (i.e. a solid cube), you have to decide the density of the internal meshing.  The meshing can be any of the following: 100% (full solid), 50%, 25%, 16.67%.  If the part is not subject to mechanical stress a 16.67% can be just fine.  But if you’re planning on using wood screws in the parts… To get an accurate pricing, we use a slicer that creates a toolpath for both support and ABS and gives us the volume for both material.  These volumes are added and the following rates apply:

10 mils resolution
Combined volume (support + ABS) Price per in3 0 to 9.9 in3 30$ 10 to 24.9 in3 26$ 25 to 99.9 in3 23$ More than 100 in3 Call
7 mils resolution
Combined volume (support + ABS) Price per in3 0 to 9.9 in3 32$ 10 to 24.9 in3 29$ 25 to 99.9 in3 26$ More than 100 in3 Call

Hi-quality custom finishes

The ABS used in our process can be used as-is or sanded, painted or even chrome plated. If you need your 3D printed part to get a hi-quality professional look for a trade-show, customer meeting or just to get a good idea of what the production part could look like, we can custom finish it to your requirements. We can also cast other materials like silicon rubber into a 3D printed mold if needed. Drop us a line for more information.

How FDM Works

3D printers that run on FDM Technology build parts layer-by-layer by heating thermoplastic material to a semi-liquid state and extruding it according to computer-controlled paths. FDM uses two materials to execute a print job: modeling material, which constitutes the finished piece, and support material, which acts as scaffolding. Material filaments are fed from the 3D printer’s material bays to the print head, which moves in X and Y coordinates, depositing material to complete each layer before the base moves down the Z axis and the next layer begins. Once the 3D printer is done building, we break the support material away or dissolve it in detergent and water, and the part is ready to use.

FDM Benefits

Thermoplastic parts can endure exposure to heat, chemicals, humid or dry environments, and mechanical stress. Soluble support materials make it possible to produce complex geometries and cavities that would be difficult to build with traditional manufacturing methods. For an example of the kind of stresses the parts can withstand, look at this video showing some parts we designed getting hit by hockey pucks at slapshot speeds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSh1cafyoJI

The parts are located inside the black passer on the left side of the player.  The part subjected to repetitive hits is shown in yellow in the following drawing. It’s receiving hits after hits without any problems, thanks to Mecalexo 3D printers ! 3D Printed parts are tough

 

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