Looking for suggestions for 3D printing for prototyping designs for consumer products.
I met quite a few additive manufacturing vendors at the Design 2 Part trade show in February. It turns out that the cost is significantly higher than the impression I got at the show. For example, I have a design for a panel mount PowerPole holder that is quite small (1" x 2" x 0.625"). The price points I am getting are about $50 for one, $72 for two, and about $20 each for a quantity of 100. This is for MJF, I believe.
I have another part - a case for a home HVAC thermostat - that is somewhat bigger. The types of quotes I am getting for that are ~$150 for quantity one.
Normally, I would try various designs at the Makerspace. At these kinds of prices, the cost of developing anything is prohibitive.
What is a good model and price point for a 3D printer that uses ABS filament?
How much maintenance can I expect on an ABS filament based printer? Talking to other Makerspace users, it seems that everyone agrees that the Makerspace printers are very abused. But, honestly, the fact that they seem broken so often despite the excellent job that Max does with maintenance… I have been extremely hesitant. I like to tinker. But, I am really not interested in tinkering with a 3D printer.
Same questions for resin type of printers.
For resin, what price point/model would I be looking at for something that could be sold commercially? Obviously, ABS filament solutions are too “rough” for general commerical sale.
How does the cost of printing vary between ABS filament and resin?
Does anyone know of commercial options that might be less expensive than those I mentioned? I was hoping to pay somewhere around the equivalent of 30-40 cents per ounce of ABS filament.