5 ways to reduce 3D printing costs with Xometry

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The rapid diversification of 3D printing services and technologies has paved the way for the widespread use of additive manufacturing in various industries ranging from healthcare to consumer goods. With the variety of options now available for sourcing 3D printed parts, choosing the right one can be more difficult than before. However, Xometry understands that price remains the main factor influencing decision making.

As a major player in on-demand manufacturing, Xometry has the capability and knowledge to make the manufacturing process more cost-effective, from product design to part production.

1) Enjoy free shipping for 3D printing projects

To support the growing 3D printing market, Xometry has waived delivery charges for all 3D printing orders in Europe, including the UK, Norway and Switzerland. A simple and effective way to reduce the costs of all your 3D printing projects!

2) Access various technologies and materials in the market

The first way to reduce the cost of 3D printing is to choose the right technology. Xometry offers technologies such as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) which are known to be cheaper than processes such as SLA, DMLS and Carbon DLS .

These processes are very popular and economical because they are fast and can be used with a wide variety of inexpensive and widely available materials, such as ASA, ABS, nylon and polycarbonate. They are also suitable for the production of low to medium volume (MJF) and bulk (SLS) parts.

Thanks to its European network of approximately 2,000 suppliers, Xometry always has significant 3D printing capacities and material stocks to meet the requirements of all types of projects.

3) Compare prices on Xometry’s Instant Quote Engine

The abundance of processes and materials available means that one of the best ways to keep costs down is to ensure that you choose the right ones for your needs. Xometry’s Instant Quote Engine is a free online tool that lets you see all the possible combinations with 3D printing technologies, materials, and post-processing options.

To try it out, you can simply upload your 3D model to Xometry’s secure platform. The next step is to select the different specifications and see how the price changes instantly on the screen. Whether you need a quote for a prototype or for mass production of parts, Xometry’s AI-powered engine can calculate your project cost in seconds.

4) Check out online design tips and other resources

Xometry offers a variety of online resources, including 3D printing articles and materials datasheets, that can help you get the most out of your 3D printing project. Every content is written by engineers for engineers to provide them with really useful resources. Xometry provides high quality content to guide readers through the complexities of 3D printing.

For example, if you want to get a part produced using 3D metal printing (DMLS), then you should read the design tips that will help you achieve a flawless and therefore less expensive part.

5) Get advice from a team of experts

The Xometry team has a number of 3D printing experts who can help and advise you in choosing your technology, material and finishing options at every stage of the production process. If you have a particularly complex design, Xometry engineers can answer your questions and help you find the best solution in terms of quality, end result and cost.

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