The PDL has a variety of different 3D printing options for all your 3D printing needs! While the 3D printer is useful, it is not always appropriate - material costs and lead times are high, each part is made on a one-off basis, and the material used in the printer may not be appropriate for the part's intended use. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to email@example.com if you're unsure.
Below is a brief description of each 3D printer, but you can also request us to recommend one to you (just let us know what the part you're 3D printing is for, and we'll try to help you out). The PDL also has several samples (the Bulbasaurs) printed out using each of the printers.
Let's compare a simple 1in x 1in x 1in cube on each of the printers (remember in reality there are very very few reasons you'd ever want to print an inch cube on a 3D printer!). As always, these results will vary heavily based on your print settings.
|Name||Prusa||UP Plus 2||Dimension uPrint||Objet Alaris30|
|Print Time||48m||37m||34m||2h 50m|
General Printer Information
|Cost to Print in PDL||$0.04/g||$0.04/g||$4.67/inch3||$0.45/g|
|Lead Time||1-2 Days||1-2 Days||1-4 Days||2-4 Days|
|Print Material||ABS or PLA||ABS or PLA||ABS||Acrylic-Based|
|Max Print Dimensions (W, L, H)||7.87in x 7.87in x 7.87in||5.3in x 5.5in x 5.5in||8in x 6in x 6in||11.57in x 7.72in x 5.9in|
|Resolution (Layer Height)||low resolution (0.016in)||high resolution (0.012in)||medium resolution (0.01in)||very high resolution (0.001in)|
|More Information||Designy||Designy||2.009 Website||Designy|
In order to have your part 3D printed, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attach your .stl file. Your email should also contain the following information:
We'll respond with an estimate of when your part will be done printing, along with the cost of the part. We'll deduct this automatically from your team budget, but you still need to keep track of the cost yourself!