By Gaylord Pierce - August 25, 2021
6 Way to Save When 3D Printing
3D printing can be expensive, but the good news is that there are many ways you can cut costs. We’ve discussed all the tips and tricks to consider, from making your own 3D models to cutting postproduction costs.
Let’s get to it.
Build vs. Buy Your Printer
If you don’t have a 3D printer yet and are looking to buy one, save money by purchasing a kit and making the printer yourself. There are multiple kits available online. Look for a store that is selling them at discounted rates if you want to save even more.
Your 3D Model
You can save quite a bit of cash by choosing the 3D model you use carefully. There may be free ones online which you can download. At the same time, you can hire a professional to make a model for you. Of course, you could download the software needed, look at tutorials, and try to make the model yourself. You might easily be able to make it if it’s straightforward.
As you can imagine, though, you’ll need to pay to download this software. Maybe wait so that you can buy one when it’s going for a sale?
Cut Postproduction Costs
Limit the number of post-production changes you must make. The best way to do this is by ensuring your printer is running fine and ensuring that you’re pleased with the 3D model you’re using.
Ask yourself how many tools you need. Cut out all the necessary tools in the process, as companies like Opel have stated that they have significantly saved this way.
If you can’t cut out a significant chunk of your tools, try not to use costly ones. You should find more affordable off-brand options if you look around.
Choose Filament Carefully
One of the best ways to save money is through the filaments you use. There are countless options available, and the more professional plastics cost the most due to their final finish. PETG filaments are popular amongst beginners not just because they’re easy to work but also because they’re inexpensive.
Make sure you use suitable plastic for the job. You might have to create a smooth product but end up using a filament that is rough. You’ll have to start all over again, which would cost time and money. PETG is the ideal choice for producing objects that require smooth surfaces, which is another plus.
Take Care of Your Printer
Ensure that you take good care of your printer. If it regularly gets damaged and you have to get it fixed, you’ll be spending through your nose. You can make sure it’s in the best condition by not overworking it.
All in all, what do you think? There definitely are many ways to cut costs. Make sure you use the right filament, as you would have to start all over again. You can also save by taking care of your printer – you’d have to get maintenance work done less. Try and limit postproduction work as much as possible too.