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Why is my design so expensive to print? [message #37003] Thu, 20 October 2011 05:35 UTC Go to next message
avatar Scooley01  is currently offline Scooley01
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I had an idea for something last night, so I drew it up in Sketchup and uploaded it to see what it'd cost to get printed.

The first time I uploaded it, I accidentally made it solid, so it was understandably pretty pricey to print, but even after hollowing it out, it's still nearly $100. Is that typical for something around 10x3.8x25cm? Is my design just too big to be cost effective to print?

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Re: Why is my design so expensive to print? [message #37017 is a reply to message #37003 ] Thu, 20 October 2011 11:55 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar duann  is currently offline duann
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Hi, that sounds about right, depending on the object and wall thickness.



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Re: Why is my design so expensive to print? [message #37068 is a reply to message #37017 ] Thu, 20 October 2011 23:04 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Scooley01  is currently offline Scooley01
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Alright well I guess I just had a different idea of how much that much material would cost...seems like another option might be less cost prohibitive.
Re: Why is my design so expensive to print? [message #40956 is a reply to message #37068 ] Fri, 30 December 2011 19:13 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Material cost is cubic. You double the dimensions, you multiply the cost by itself 3 fold. Thus it scales extremely quickly when you are dealing with large models.

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Re: Why is my design so expensive to print? [message #41013 is a reply to message #40956 ] Sun, 01 January 2012 10:49 UTC Go to previous message
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Actually, if you double all dimensions, the volume grows 8-fold (2 to the third power).

Volume is length x width x height, so by doubling them all you get 2 x 2 x 2 = 8 times the volume.

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