As we've stopped using our pre-beta discount today, I thought I should explain how our pricing works. I'll also give some samples of objects and their price and finish with a few hints on reducing printing costs.
Our price is completely based on the volume of your printed object. Apart from the material price, there are no other fees: no
shipping&handling, no additional taxes - nothing. There are no
hidden surprises once you start ordering something. We list them in dollars per cubic centimeter (1 cubic inch = 16.3 cubic centimeters):
Inside the European Union
Outside the European Union
(the price difference is the tax that we have to charge inside the European Union)
To cover our shipping&handling fee, we're now using a minimum order size of $25. You can still order small objects though: we've upgraded our shop so you can now print multiple objects in one order (of different materials, too!).
To get a sense of what this means for some real objects, check out these samples:
Cream Robust Size:6.4 x 6 x 5.2 cm
White Detail Size:6.4 x 6 x 5.2 cm
Cream Robust Size:4.5 x 4.5 x 4.5cm (hollow!)
Reducing printing cost
If you want to reduce the price of your object, you have two options:
Reduce the size. If you reduce the size by half, the volume (and therefore the price) will be only one eighth. Reducing the object's size is a great way to quickly reduce the price, but watch out : if you scale the objects too much you may loose the fine detail.
Make the object hollow. Using less material results in a lower price. In order for this to work, you must leave a few holes in your object so the support material can be washed out. Try making at least two holes of at least 4 mm.