Frequently Asked Questions

Most of your questions have been answered here

What is 3D Printing

3D Printing can also be referred to as Additive Manufacturing and is a prototyping process where a real object is created directly from a computer 3D model by laying down the build material one layer at a time until the object is fully formed

What kind of things can I 3D Print?

Well there’s a saying that goes, “If you can think it, you can 3D print it” and this is true. So with 3D printing, you are only limited by your imagination (and skill)

Can I print any 3D model I find on the internet?

Unfortunately Not. Not all 3D models are printable. Some models are designed for animation, showcase, graphics etc… These models were designed without any consideration for 3D printing and therefore will not be printable.

However, send us the model and we will let you know if it is 3D printable or what steps need to be made to make it printable

What kind of materials do you print with?

The parts are made from ABS and PLA plastic. These are the two most widely used materials in FDM 3D Printing although more materials options are being produced like rubber, bronze, wood etc.

How strong are 3D printed parts?

3D Printed parts are strong and can withstand a lot of abuse, however, they are not indestructable. The design of the part will also impact on its overall strength. (As with any engineering or architectural design)

What colours can you print in?

We have a range of colours from your primary Red, Yellow, Blue colours to more exotic colours like Gold, Silver and Pink. Browse through the gallery to see the range of colours we offer.

I want a part with multiple colours. Is this possible?

Unfortunately No. Prints are generally done in one colour and then painted afterwards. However, in some cases, it is possible to print with 2 different colours for the same part but this is slightly more complicated and largely depends on the design. Please get in touch to discuss this requirement

Can 3D Printed Parts be painted?

Yes parts can be painted. I’ve found that Acrylic Paints give the best results.

What is the largest part I can print?

The maximum print volume of the printer is 215mm x 135mm x 140mm

Can a design be printed in multiple parts and assembled?

Yes and this is widely done in the industry. For large or really complex parts, it is advisable to design it in multiple parts and then assemble it later.

What kind of materials do you print with?

The parts are typically made from ABS and PLA plastic. These are the two most widely used materials in FDM 3D Printing, are lower cost, and generally easier to print with.
PLA plastic is formulated from corn starch making it a renewable and environmentally friendly option.
ABS plastic is a tougher plastic used widely in the Engineering industry.

Other materials options available include PET-G plastic, Conductive material, rubber, bronze and wood style material.

What colours are available?

We can print in any color that the 3D printing material comes in. Colours typically include: black, white, green, red, yellow, blue, silver, pink, orange, gold, semi-translucent, etc…
However, for more specialist materials such as Bronze and Wood, there is understandably only one colour available.
Any printed part can however be painted (using Acrylic paint) afterwards to the colour of your choice.

Can parts be printed in multiple colours/materials

Unfortunately Not. Prints are generally done in one colour and then painted afterwards. However, in some cases, it is possible to print with 2 different colours and/or materials for the same part but this is more complicated, a lot more expensive and largely depends on the design of the part.

How much will my 3D Print cost?

The cost for 3D Printing depends on a few variables such as the amount of material used, the type of material, and the total time it takes to print.
We will always need the 3D file in stl format to tell you the exact amount of what the print will cost.

What is your standard lead time for printing

The standard lead time is 3 – 7 business days depending on the size and complexity of your part.

How much will you charge to design my part

This varies largely and depends on what you have in mind. Typically, The quicker we can understand what you want to design, the faster we can complete the design which usually means the cheaper it will be

What file format does my part need to be in?

The 3D File you send to us for printing must be in stl format. Most 3D design applications can export to stl format or have free online plugins that allow exporting to stl.

How can I send my file in?

The quickest way is to email your file to info[at]stampar3D.com

My file is confidential. Can you sign an NDA?

Yes, we’ll be happy to sign a mutual NDA agreement. Send over the file and we’ll send back the signed copy as soon as possible

How much will you charge to design my part

This varies largely and depends on what you have in mind and the complexity of the part. Typically, The quicker we can understand what you want to design, the faster we can complete the design which usually means the cheaper it will be.
In this case, it will be worth booking a 10 minute FREE consultation with one of our designers to discuss the project

What software applications do you use to design your parts

Depending on the project, we use Sketchup, AutoCAD, or Maya

How can I design parts that fit together after being 3D Printed

When designing parts that clip together, allow a tolerance of 0.15 to 0.25mm in your design

What other things should I keep in mind when designing for 3D Printing

When designing for 3D Printing, there are a few factors to keep in mind that ensures you have a good quality print. You should try and have a flat bottom on your part. This will form a good foundation for your print as it builds up
You should minimise or even try to avoid overhangs. Having steep overhanging angles (anything greater than 60 degrees from the vertical plane) will require the use of support structures which could further affect the surface finish of the part
Finally, you should have a minimum wall thickness of 1mm. Anything less than this could result in a Fragile part