3D printing by Rich
Rich Beck - 3D printer in Houston, Tx 77005
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A technology business background and an engineering mind with a creative/artistic bent, what more can you need? At E3 Digital Fab, we can take your file as is, modify and/or fix it, or design your idea from scratch.
If you need an NDA for your "secret" stuff, no problem. We like to use a mutual NDA since we have some of our own "secret sauce" to share. We have lots of experience with new product development and introduction. We know the ropes and can help you if you need guidance.
If you use marketing models, plastic is a lot lighter than metal to carry on those sales calls and to trade shows. Contact us.
If you need a few parts made for some project and they are ready to go, send them to us to take a look.
We do jobs for private individuals, businesses, inventors, and entrepreneurs; I would be glad to collaborate with you. Our customers come from throughout the USA and are evenly spread between the Houston area and the rest of the country..
1 Makerbot Replicator Dual that prints in ABS, we can do two colors or 1 color and soluble support material.
2 Replicator 2's that print in PLA.
1 Form 1+ resin printer.
We are adding additional printing capabilities and currently have access to other technologies.
We also offer scanning via a 3D Systems Sense scanner and have access to a David Structured Light Scanner.
On the Replicators, we typically print at a Makerware medium resolution 20% fill and 2 shells. 0.2 mm layer height is basically the thickness of two pieces of standard 20 lb office paper. We can go as fine as 0.1 mm. The medium setting is generally a great trade off between speed, cost, and appearance.
On the Form 1+ printer we can go as fine as 0.025 mm
Items are printed in an orientation that makes the most sense based on its intended use and its configuration.
If it is not obvious, tell us what it is to be used for when you make an inquiry, this will speed things up. Items that serve a function are sometimes printed in a specific orientation for strength, others are printed in an orientation to minimize support material in detailed areas. If your part is functional, we might suggest some changes to make it more reliable/stronger over its life-time. Items with large horizontal overhangs such as a nose, or chin on a person, or a flange will need support material unless designed in a certain way.
We will only print single color jobs at this point, unless the job is divided into multiple parts that are different colors.
If a file is ready to print, great. That will save time and cost. Many files we have seen need some file repair and set up time. Due to this, we may have to quote a one time "set up" fee. If you have multiple copies of one part printed, there will only be one set up fee. If you are printing just one of something the set up fee could cost more than the part to be honest.
MINIMUM JOB COST:
At this time, our minimum is $25 for a job on the Replicators, total, this includes set up and printing. We can do this on jobs that look to be "fool proof".
Volume pricing starts at $0.25/CC , again, we can do this for jobs that look to be very straightforward. On more complicated jobs were the risk of a bad print is higher, the volume pricing may be higher. Also the volume pricing is based on total volume including any support material that is required. For very large parts or larger quantity orders, we can sometimes do better than that on pricing.
Form 1+: on this printer volume pricing starts at $1.00/cm3 for printing and our minimum is $50 on most jobs this is because the post processing is more involved and the material is more expensive.
ABOUT PART VOLUME:
Part volume can be a little confusing. It is calculated by software. It is the volume of the part not what it would hold if you plugged the holes and filled it with water. For example, a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube is 1000 cm3. The same size box with no top and a 1/2 cm wall thickness is only about 97.5 CM3. They would cost significantly different amounts due to material and build time differences. The box with the lid would be cheaper.
HOW THIS (including MakeXYZ) WORKS:
If you want to have us print/quote you something, upload the file here or send a link, tell us what you can about it and ask for a quote. If it is something that needs a lot of design work or fixing, or you have multiple files but low quantities we need to know your budget so we don't waste each other's time. Don't worry, we won't raise our price to your budget but we may try to lower it to get to your budget. If you are going to resell your items and need to be able to hit a cost target, let us know and we will try to work with you especially if there is the chance of ongoing business.
25 cents/cm3 is OK for certain parts but does not work well for larger items that have a lot of volume or for small quantities of small parts. You'd be better off having us give you a quote.
MakeXYZ adds a 15% fee to whatever any of us charge you to cover their expenses and service fee.
ABOUT DESIGN WORK:
On the design side, you may see lots of people charging $25/hour or less. For some designers and customers that will be a bargain, for others it won't. We only take jobs that we feel we can add value to and are within are capabilities. No, we won't sculpt your next action figure from scratch, that's not our area of expertise. We are digital engineers more than digital artists. Our clients have found that while we may charge more per hour than what they might find elsewhere on this site, or on a place like Freelancers.com, our abilities combined with our technical background and years of experience often result in better output for less real $ cost and opportunity cost overall. When you count the cost of your time having to answer many questions or make many corrections to a design because the designer is technically competent on the design tool but has no industry knowledge the savings really add up.
We hope all this convinces you to give us a shot, we would be glad to work with you, and will do our utmost to delight you.
Thanks for your time and consideration,
Founder and President
E3 Digital Fab, LLC
Houston, Texas, USA