How to Reduce the Part Cost in 3D Printing
It has been a common complaint with 3D printed parts that, the cost of the parts is a bit on the higher side. We have hereby compiled a list of some of the tips that may come in handy in saving part cost in 3D Printing:
Make the models hollow:
You can save the part cost by making the models hollow in 3D Printing. Far too often we have seen that the part geometry consists of features that are too thick and solid for our liking, and which do not serve any functional requirement, but are just part of the design. In such a scenario, we can make the models hollow to save on the material cost and make the part lightweight.
Order multiple part quantities:
Our optimized cost algorithms result in discounted costs per unit part for higher part quantities. This mainly holds true for customers who want to opt for Low Volume Batch Production. Low volume production runs come in handy when you need multiple part quantities to validate a certain concept, an idea in the market, or during beta prototyping. The part quantities typically range from 50-200 numbers. This is a sweet spot where the conventional tooling costs would be higher, and any investment into tooling and molding wouldn’t make a business case. Low volume production runs with 3D Printing can be more cost-effective and faster w.r.t order timelines as compared to the traditional manufacturing processes.
Leverage MOQ Cost:
Cost in 3D Printing is a major factor influencing people’s decision in opting for a particular material. Like conventional technologies, 3D Printing cost also depends on a number of factors. when the parts are small and in fewer quantities, the total cost of the order, at times, falls below the threshold of what a minimum order cost should be to run that particular material in a particular machine. In such a scenario, we charge a Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) cost against the parts. MOQ cost depends on Material selected and the Post-processing option chosen.
MOQ Costing CANNOT be eliminated, but since you’re being charged a MOQ, you might as well make the most of it by either:
- Increasing the number of part quantities on which the MOQ costing is applicable.
- By Uploading more parts with similar material and/or post-processing selection.