Your Top 10 Questions for Sculpteo at CES 2013... And Our Answers !

Your Top 10 Questions for Sculpteo at CES 2013… And Our Answers !

Posted By on Jan 10, 2013 |

After the first two days of show at the International CES we can know say that our booth is bringing a lot of attention. You have been so many passing by our exhibition area, asking us everything about our materials, our online service and white label 3D printing engine… Thanks!


At the Sculpteo CES booth (#26111 in South Hall 2) this morning…Clément Moreau, our CEO, presenting Sculpteo on Discovery Channel.

Here are the top 10 questions you have been interested to know more about.

1 – What do you do?

Sculpteo is an online 3D printing service. You upload a CAD file on, you choose your material and we 3D print for you. You’ll get your object delivered at your doorstep a few days later.

2 – What’s your typical turnaround?

About 1 week. It usually takes two days to produce your object and between 3 and 5 days to ship it to you, anywhere in the world.

3 – Where are you based at?

Our headquarters are in France. Our 3D printing facilities are in France and in the US. We just opened an office in San Francisco, CA.

4 – What kind of materials can I print of?

We have more than 45 materials available directly from the website. Our most popular materials are polyamid (nylon), hight detail resin and ceramic. We do metal 3D printing and stereolithography upon request (titanium, stainless steel, bronze, silver, gold…). The full list of all 60 materials available at Sculpteo is available here.

5 – How much is the typical cost?

An iPhone case made of polyamid is around 25 dollars. Prices vary depending on the material you choose and the shape of your object. A big round simple ceramic is more expensive than a small complicated piece of nylon including mechanical part.

When you upload a file on, you get a real-time quote of your object. Try us out!

6 – What’s the maximum size that you can print?

The maximum size for your products made with polyamid is: 677mm x 368 mm x 565 mm (26.6 inch x 14.4 inch x 22.2 inch).

7 – Do you sell printers?

We do not sell printers. We are an online service, which means that you don’t need to buy a printer to do 3D printing. We provide high-resolution professional quality 3D printing so that you can make end products easily and for an affordable cost.

We recommend personal printers such as Makerbot, Affinia or Solidoodle (Make Magazine published a great special edition about personal 3D printers. We invite you to take a look at it). Home printers are great for making first drafts of your object before to print it with professional result. For example, you can print a ring in ABS to sit if it fits your finger and then launch the 3D printing with Sculpteo using silver or gold.

8 – Which 3D formats do you accept?

Sculpteo accepts more than 20 CAD files formats. We usually recommend .stl but most CAD files work with us. More details are available here.

9 – I don’t know how to use a 3D software, how can I create a design?

There are now many great ways to 3D design without actually using a 3D software. AutoDesk 123D is a great way to start modelling easily. Sketchup, Tinkercad or 3DTin as well. Once you are happy with your design, you can directly send your design to Sculpteo by pushing the Sculpteo button.

We launched 3DPcase, a free iPhone app that lets you sculpt your own iPhone case. We also partnered with Dassault Systemes for creating your own 3D printed figurines, the MWOOS.

10 – I am running a business, how can I integrate your service to my business model?

Sculpteo provides its full 3D printing solution in white label. It means that your customers could now customize your products and have them 3D printed on-demand. Contact us for more details at

We are glad to see that 3D printing is now a widely-known technology. We are showing off how 3D printing can now be used for end products…if you apply the right post-treatments and choose the right materials for your objects. Come chat with us online on our Facebook page and Twitter (@sculpteo) tomorrow, we’ll answer your question throughout the day directly from the CES !


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