F.A.Q.

 

Q: How much will polyjet 3D printing cost me?

A: Polyjet 3D printing is formed by liquid resin being cured in super thin layers of material (16-30 micron). The cost of each 3D printed part is based on the volume (grams) of the build and support material necessary for the build. We do not charge for the time used on the printer. 

Q: How does polyjet 3D printing differ from a desktop 3D printer?

A: It all comes down to surface resolution and accuracy. When your project requires a smooth surface, accurate features, and a sold build, polyjet is far superior to FDM (desktop) printing.

Q: What file format do I need for 3D printing?

A: .STL files are the only acceptable file format that our 3D printers will accept. .STL is a standard 'save-as' option on most CAD softwares. 

Q: What is the separation needed to overmold rubber or fuse two or more materials in the same part?

A: .025 mm (.001 inch). A gap (line to line) any smaller will not allow separation of materials, and any larger will cause it to separate after printing. 

Q: What are the heat and chemical resistant properties for 3D printed parts?

A: Each material has its own specifications. Please see the "Spec" page for more information or contact us directly if you are looking for a specific quality.

Q: What is your turn-around time?

A: Most parts can be delivered or picked up locally next day. For large prints or small production runs, turn-around time can be estimated upon quoting. We strive for the fastest turn-around in the industry. 

Q: Can 3D printed parts be finished?

A: Yes. 3D printed parts can be sanded, tooled, polished, painted, UV-coated, along with a variety of other finishes. 

Q: What is the maximum build size for your printers?

A: Our Connex 35 (ABS, poly-p, rubber) can print parts up to 12" x 12" x 8". Our Projet 3500 HDMax (polycarbonate) has a build tray of 11.75" x 7.4" x 8.2" 

Q: Does Solid Prototype offer CAD drafting and Product Development services?

A: Yes. We work with several affiliated CAD drafters and Product Development specialists and we would be happy to work with you on getting your idea from your head to your hand. Contact us for more information. 

Q: What sets Solid Prototype apart from the rest of the industry?

A: As one of the first 3D printing service bureaus, we know that customer service is key in get any job done. We take pride in our great service, fast turn-around, and competitive prices. And when you call us, you'll always talk to a human.