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. Some of the major factors are:

  1. The type of material and technology chosen
  2. The amount of material consumed
  3. Total time required for fabrication
  4. Time spent in post-processing

We have come up with an optimized algorithm which takes into account all these factors and generates a real-time costing.

But just like any other technology, 3D printing too has a certain basic fixed cost associated with running the machine. So 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) costing against the parts.

The MOQ costing for individual materials is as follows:

Kindly note that, since Glass-Filled Nylon is a special material, we run the Glass-Filled material once every 8-10 days depending upon the demand. Hence the MOQ for the same is on the higher side.

You can take advantage of this MOQ costing by increasing the number of quantities of your part up to a point that the MOQ cost remains unaffected.

For Eg: After uploading a certain part, and selecting Nylon material, I was shown a costing of INR 180/- (exclusive of taxes) for 1 Qty of that particular part. But the total order cost which was displayed apart from the shipping and taxes had a MOQ cost which was INR 470/- . What this MOQ Cost, here, is trying to imply is that, having placed an order for INR 180/- already, I am liable to pay INR 470/- more to make up for the total MOQ cost of INR 650/- for Nylon material (as mentioned earlier).

In such a scenario, I can increase the number of quantities of the part and try to make the most of this MOQ costing.

What I observed was that, for the same part I could increase the number of quantities to 3, and the MOQ Cost would go on decreasing, while my total order cost remained unchanged.

Thus now, I can fabricate 3 Quantities of the same part as opposed to 1 Qty which I would have fabricated earlier for the same order price.

Now, the moment I change the number of quantities from 3 to 4, I go above the threshold of MOQ costing, and my total order cost increases.

Kindly note that the relation between MOQ cost and the number of quantities varies form part to part and material to material. Sometimes, it may so happen that, you may be able to fabricate only 1 part within the MOQ costing for a given material.

On similar lines, there’s a MOQ costing associated with Finishing, Painting and Dyeing processes, too.