Why there is a $30 minimum cost to set up a print.

Why there is a $30 minimum cost to set up a print. 



The 3D printer software provides a time and material weight calculation based on the settings we choose in collaboration with you. For most jobs, we spend an hour making sure the end result is what your expecting. This includes communicating with you about the ideal print settings for your printed product. The nature of each different job varies so much according to the model size, print time, and weight of the final object and support structure and has almost no relationship with the time it takes to set up the 3D print. For example, the set up for a 3 kg/300 hour print can be less intensive than preparing a tiny little 4-gram tabletop game character that takes 15 minutes to print out. In fact, tiny prints often require more human-time to get a successful result than larger models. The cost covers the task of working with you to choose printer settings that are appropriate for the required appearance and structural properties of the model and can include small changes in the model to allow efficient printing. Major changes and complex models will require an additional payment for preparation and design changes.  


To keep costs reasonable, small simple jobs that need less than half an hour setup time are eligible to have the remaining half of the first-hour setup credit put towards print time and materials.  


One-off items require the same amount of time to prepare as repeat jobs. This, unfortunately, means that the cost of a single unit is much higher than subsequent copies. The minimum set up cost of $30 can be prohibitive to customers wanting a very small batch or one of a kind item printed but for most batch jobs the initial cost is easily absorbed.