What is 3D printing?

3D printing or additive manufacturing simply put is the process of making three dimensional objects from a digital file.

What are the common types of 3D printing?


Who uses 3D printing and why?

Manufactures - new product concepts, consumer services- promotional fun items, DIY designers, DIY – household items and DIY - hobbyists.

Who makes 3D print equipment?

Stratasys, 3D Systems, HP, ProtoLabs, Materialise, Dremel.

If I have something I want printed, what do I need to do?

No design file – connect with designer and create design in CAD software, once file created locate 3D printing service bureau near you (online search)

Design file complete - 

What’s typical price points to print an object?

Varies $10 up to >$1K based on size and material (plastic, metal, wood, nylon ect..)

See our equipment page for FDM and PLA pricing.


What type of QAD program are used to create objects?

Solidworks is most commons but others are available.

Can I get something printed without a CAD file?


What do I need to know about designing an object?

Designed file needs to capture correct materials, infill and orientation of the object to optimize print time and durability of object.

How long will it take print an object?

Varies based on size, material and print technology used.

What if I have a question that is not listed here?

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have or if you would like to request more information.

Benefits of 3D Printing

Speed Time to Market

Compress design cycles by 3D Printing multiple prototypes on demand, right in your office

Reduce Development Costs

Cut traditional prototyping and tooling costs. Identify design errors sooner and reduce travel to production facilities.

Win Business

Bring realistic 3D models to prospective accounts, sponsors, or focus groups.

Increase Innovation

Print prototypes in hours, obtain feedback, refine designs, and repeat the cycle until designs are perfect.

Personalize Products

Personalize merchandise such as pens and other items at conventions or meetings. This can increase mindshare with potential clients.

Overview of 3D Print Types, Processes, and Materials


SLS Selective Laser Sintering
(Multiple Processes Available)

White Plastic (Nylon Thermoplastic)(Multiple Materials Available)

Replicator 2X

FDM Fuse Deposition Modeling

PLA (Polyester Thermoplastic)

Form 1

SLA Stereolithography

Acrylate Photopolymer Resin


FDM Fuse Deposition Modeling

ABS (Polymer Thermoplastic)

uPrint SE Plus

FDM Fuse Deposition Modeling

ABS (Polymer Thermoplastic)

ZPrinter 250

Proprietary Multi-Color Printing

Proprietary Composite Material (Commonly Referred to as Sandstone)