Frequently Asked Questions
3D printing is a manufacturing process that turns digital objects into physical form by laying successive thin layers of material.
Most commonly 3D printed parts are made from plastics such as Nylon which has a great balance between strength and weight. We can also have parts printed in metals for advanced performance as well as 3D printed waxes for moulding.
The choice of material and printer type makes are huge difference to the product performance and we're happy to share our experience so you make the best choice.
3D printing is typically done using STL files. If you have other CAD formats, such as STP or IGES, we can convert these before printing.
Not all 3D printed components are the same!
Whilst home 3D printers are now very affordable they typically produce parts that are quite fragile and usually not suitable for everyday use.
We work closely with 3D printing partners, experts within the industry, to ensure the parts we produce are; of exceptional quality, robust and function as expected. We can also advise you on the suitability of a design for manufacture before commiting to print.
3D printing costs can start from as little as GBP 5 per unit and vary with model size, material choice and volume.
Quotes are provided in around 24 hours and there's no obligation until we're ready to print.
The lead time for our 3D printing service is typically 2 weeks from ordering to receiving parts at our UK base. Through our shipping partners we can then ship parts worldwide, times vary by country and service.
Yes we can have your models 3D printed and shipped worldwide. Send us a message for more information.