Who am I?
My name is Bob Strait. Hence the name BS 3D Printing. I've worked with 3D printers professionally for three years now and have amassed a knowledge of 3D printing that is rivaled by no other. The original Printrbot Simple was my first and has been upgraded with custom parts to make it the beast it is today. I currently own two 3D printers:
- Printrbot Simple (Upgraded Hot End) (Added Heated Bed) 6 x 6 x 6 in print area
- Prusa I3 MK2 stock 9.8 x 8.3 x 8 in print area
There is a very strict quality control I go through to ensure the product is flawless; as 3D printing can be challenging for those unfamiliar with the art, both in ensuring the model will function for the required task and that it looks nice while doing it.
What is FDM printing?
FDM stands for Fused, Deposition, Modeling. The process includes heating up plastic (or 3d printable material) and extruding it through a nozzle (similar to a hot glue gun) and placing that plastic layer by layer until you have a 3 dimensional object. It is the lowest quality of 3D printing but for what it lacks in quality it makes up for in price being roughly 3 times less expensive than any other alternative.
How is your object made?
Once you upload your file it's run through an algorithm to determine how much plastic will be used. From that information, the item is then priced and you'll receive an E-mail that talks about potential problems and setbacks that may occur in printing along with suggested design changes that may help with the printing process. I do my best to keep my prices as competitive as possible. If you use 3D hubs your price is given within seconds.
How much will it cost?
You can check a price directly by using 3D Hubs automatic pricing tool below.
There are many factors when it comes to cost. How big is your object? How strong do you need it? What quality? Here are some terms that will be talked about when reviewing your object.
- Infill - This is the percentage of plastic that will be on the inside of your object. My baseline is 30% but if your object need's more strength make sure to state that when ordering.
- Layer Height - This is how thick each layer will be. I currently offer .2mm (200 Micron) and .1mm (100 Micron). This greatly effects both speed and quality of the print.
- If your printing a part that needs to function and you need it yesterday than .2 will work great.
- If your printing a figurine or something that needs a good surface finish and your willing to wait a while than .1 will be your best bet.
- Support Material - This is the throw away material used to support overhangs. Because of the layer type nature of 3D printing, some things need to be supported to print properly. More Support material will result in a rougher surface finish and generally has a higher failure rate.
If your object needs to printed a few times to get it right there will be no extra cost on your end.
How long does it take?
That is very dependent on the item. All items are made to order. Please allow up to 3 business days for all orders to be completed. If it is going to take longer, you'll be notified via follow-up emails.
There are two shipping options.
- Economy: 7-15 days $5.99
- Standard: 2-7 days $6.99
- Premium: 2-3 days $19.99
Don't have an object and need one made?
3D modeling services are available. If you have say a black and white image or a vector graph; they can easily be converted into 3D printable objects. Basically something that can be easily outlined such as a logo. This will cost $4.99 on top of the print.
If you have nothing more than an idea; with some simple questions and maybe a drawing on a napkin or two your design can become a reality. Since this is usually more hands on than a logo conversion it will cost $19.99. If it's something super simple we can talk about price.
What plastic/colors are available?
I print in a plastic called PLA and the color's I currently have are Black, White, Gray, Blue, Red, Dark Green, Light Green, Orange, Translucent, and Glow. If I'm missing a color you want we can talk about getting it.
What is PLA?
PLA stands for Polylactic acid and (in short) is a byproduct of plants. It prints at a relatively low temperature compared to all other 3D printable plastics. Because of its low temperature, it tends to warp less and overall is easier to work with. It is, however, one of the weakest 3D printable plastics so keep that in mind.