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3D Printing Service

  Looking for a 3D printing service provider? MakerTree 3D has got you covered.

Below is a list of different material options we can 3D print your project files with, and details of our 3D print service pricing structure.

 

Fused Deposition Modeling is an additive manufacturing process which produces parts by laying down a given material in layers. Plastic filament is unwound from a spool and supplies material to a heated tip, which traces a cross-section of the part pattern on a heated glass build platform. Each consecutive layer is built on top of the previous layer. FDM is an ideal option for early stage prototypes, household decor, DIY and hobby related projects and for any project that doesn't require ultra high detail of tiny features. FDM materials are inherently strong materials and between the options, PLA and ABS have varying properties to fit a wide range of project requirements.

 

Material Options

PLA
Created from processing of plant products including corn, potatoes or sugar-beets, PLA is considered a more 'earth friendly' plastic compared to petroleum based ABS. Strong, and more rigid than ABS, but also slightly more brittle. Printed objects will generally have a glossier look and feel than ABS. With a little more work, PLA can also be sanded and machined. The lower melting temperature of PLA makes it unsuitable for many applications as even parts spending the day in a hot car can droop and deform.

Properties:
•Strong
•Rigid
•Hard

 

Proto-Pasta Carbon fiber HTPLA
Proto-pasta's High Temp Carbon Fiber PLA (HTPLA-CF) combines engineering-grade performance with the ease and eco-friendliness of PLA printing. Proto-Pasta's HTPLA can be annealed in a lab furnace for additional strength and temperature resistance performance. HTPLA has a potential Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT) of as much as 140C (285F).

Properties:
•Strong
•Higher temperature resistance than standard PLA
•Higher strength and better strength-to-weight ratio for stronger parts with less material
•Improved surface hardness for less wear in abrasive environments
•Less shrinkage and distortion for more accurate parts
•Higher stiffness so parts hold their shape
•Renewable biopolymer with low odor
•Highly desirable black finish

 

 

ABS
In general, ABS is a strong plastic with mild flexibility compared to PLA. The flexibility of ABS makes creating interlocking pieces or pin connected pieces easier to work with. It is more easily sanded and machined than PLA. Notably, ABS is soluble in Acetone allowing one to weld parts together with a drop or two, or smooth and create high gloss by brushing or dipping full pieces in Acetone.
Its strength, flexibility, machinability, and higher temperature resistance make it often a preferred plastic by engineers and those with mechanical uses in mind.

Properties:
•Strong
•Mild flexibility
•Easily machined
•Acetone soluble
•High temperature resistance

 

 

ASA 
  A material very similar to that of ABS, but with inherent UV resistance as well. It is easily sanded and machined, making it ideal for prototyping and mechanical uses.

 

Properties:
•Strong
•Mild flexibility
•Easily machined
•Acetone soluble
•High temperature resistance

 

 

Ninjatek - Cheetah
SemiFlex material boasts flexibility, strength and reliability for your 3D printing projects. Chemical resistant to many materials, including naphtha, ASTM Oils #1-3, petroleum and Freon. Shore Hardness: 95A
Cheetah is best for the following types of projects:

- High level of detail
- Containing intricate parts
- High resolution text
- Unsupported vertical printing
- Shock-absorption needed

Properties:
•Strong
•Rubber-like flexibility
•High temperature resistance

 

 

Ninjatek - SemiFlex
SemiFlex material boasts flexibility, strength and reliability for your 3D printing projects. Chemical resistant to many materials, including naphtha, ASTM Oils #1-3, petroleum and Freon. Shore Hardness: 98A
SemiFlex is best for the following types of projects:

- High level of detail
- Containing intricate parts
- High resolution text
- Unsupported vertical printing
- Shock-absorption needed

Properties:
•Strong
•Rubber-like flexibility
•High temperature resistance

 

 

PETG

 A semi-transparent material with slight flex, toughness and has high impact strength. It is recyclable and exhibits a low shrink rate.

Properties:
•Strong
•Mild Flexibility
•Higher temperature resistance than PLA
•Recyclable

 

 

ColorFabb nGen

 nGen is a co-polyester developed with Eastman Amphora. It is well suited for great looking prototypes as well as for functional tasks, with a high TG of 85C and a very durable nature which retains mechanical performance over time.

Properties:
•Tough
•Styrene Free
•Higher temperature resistance than PLA

•Excellent looks

 

 

 

Pricing structure

Setup fees

- For orders consisting of parts that will be printed in a single material and color, a single setup fee will be applied regardless how many parts are included in the order.
- For orders consisting of parts that will have a mix of materials and/ or colors, a setup fee will be applied to each material and/ or color requested for the order.



Material Consumption

Material usage is calculated based on the cm3 volume of provided 3D models (*.stl, *.obj), plus any additional support material required for print success.
(All support structures are removed prior to order fulfillment)



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