Category Archives: Tutorials

Optimization Tools: Solidity Check

3D modeling softwares, Sketchup for example, offer a great flexibility when it comes to designing objects, but those objects aren’t always ready for a 3D print. The physics in the program and the physics in real life aren’t always congruous. Luckily, Sculpteo offers an online optimization tool which will show you exactly where your object […]Read More…

Guide to Professional 3D Printers

There are over 100 industry-grade 3D printer models currently on the market. These printers are large, commercial 3D printing machines intended for professional use. At Sculpteo we exclusively uses professional 3D printers. We’ve put together a guide to these industrial 3D printers based on a selection of printers from each manufacturer that best represents the […]Read More…

DIY Tips: refinishing your polyamide models

You created your 3D models. Hit the 3D print button on Sculpteo.com and ordered a plastic print. Now you just received your 3D print at home. Here are a few DIY tips to refinish your polyamide model and particularly to solve to big questions: how to attach and paint your multi-part 3D printed polyamide objects? […]Read More…

Suitable File Sizes for Sculpteo

The largest file size that can be uploaded to the Sculpteo Website is 50MB. If your file is larger there are a couple steps that you can follow in order to get your object online and printed! We’ve all been there, sitting at our computer with a perfectly complexed architectural chateau on the edge of […]Read More…

reducing your 3D prints prices

The price of your 3D print depends on many factors: the material you choose, the volume the object occupies, the amount of used material and the finishings, to name a few. Sculpteo designed two simple features especially for you, to better fit your budget. This post will help you to better understand the tools you have at your disposal to pay less for your 3D prints.

Two of them in particular can help with price optimization: Hollowing and Batch Control.

Hollowing your 3D model doesn’t require any particular 3D skill: rather than uploading, editing, than uploading again, you can do it online, at absolutely no cost. This feature will help you to reduce the volume of material used within the final object: it is a good way to hep you reduce the price of your 3D prints.

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To hollow your 3D file:

-  Choose the object you’d like to print and click “Print” and click on the “Optimize” heading under the rendered model

-  Flip the “Hollowing” tool feature to “On”

-  Watch the price fall!

-  Add at least two holes to drain the excess volume of the object

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The hollowing tool is also convenient if you want your object to be lighter, which is necessary in certain situation (if you are 3D printing a mechanical part for a flying drone for instance).

Another option is to use Batch Control to print your objects. You’ll be able to activate this function when your number of objects within the print is over 20. This enables you to optimize the positioning of your objects in order to get a better control over pricing and orientation.

A personal factory service just for you, at lower price, whether your print is for individual, professional or business use.

batch control screen

We hope you found all the answers you were looking for. If you have any other questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email!