Can I have my own model printed?
The answer to this question is YES! You can! Now you too can have a customized model of yourself just like the Batman or Spiderman. Isn’t that interesting as well as exciting?
The perk of this printer is that once the base design is created, whether to make one copy or a thousand copies the cost per unit is the same. Due of this, there are many online vendors who are more than willing to do this for individual clients as well not worrying much about the batch size. There are few vendors who can give life to your imagination: Sculpteo, Shapeways, Ponoko, Quick Forge, i.materialise etc
Should I worry about the high costs?
The price entirely depends on the materials used and also the size of the print. Some popular vendors say that the average price on one order is somewhere in between $50 to $100.
In order to reduce the price of the model its very essential that you make sure that the 3D image that you give is proper. If not so then the model is usually printed as a solid mass rather than being hollow.
According to one of the online vendors the price of models that are solids having a dimension of 2cm x 2cm are priced at $17 whereas on the other hand models of the same dimension but which are hollow are priced at a nominal art of $3. The margin is huge! So make sure the image is upto the mark. Of course, you should not expect the cost to be as cheap as the mass produced objects. The idea of 3D printing is to make you the creator and give special attention to your requirements, at a slight premium.
Should i bother about 3D printing?
The best judge of this question would be YOU! But wouldn’t it be awesome to gift someone a 3D model of theirs and make them feel like a superhero?
Imagine you being able to hold your imagination right in your own hand! I feel that the best feeling that anyone could ever render. I think it’s worth trying at least once.
If you plan to do in a large scale for commercial purposes the odds have to be weighed but the 3D printers are the most cost effective machines when done in small quantities for exclusive design concepts.
Purchasing a personal 3D printer?
Why not? But be sure what you want to use it for. If you are a hobbyist excited about creating something on your own, you can go for the low cost DIY printers for a few hundred dollars. If you want some basic prototypes or wanting to open up a small online business, you might opt for slightly costlier models starting from US $2000. If you are very particular about your design precision or if you want more creative stuff using multi-color or multi-material technologies, then be ready to spend big bucks!
In the near future we can expect that the 3D printers will become as widely used as computers and internet. But as of now the prices are soaring for the average buyers to buy them.