High Volume Printing

I would like to print 500-1000 small duplicate parts for a prototype I am working on.  What options are out there to print somewhat "high volume" besides the method of printing multiple parts on one build plate?  Has anyone else encountered this before?  Is there a high need for this type of situation?

 

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There is a company called Allforged I think that's their name and they make a desktop injection molder and you can get 3D printed molds made for it and it can spit out injection modeled parts fast. Click the link to check them out:

 

http://www.allforge.org

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This type of situation is very normal. Especially in product that need to exam the market.

Usually it is related with size and material. But it is really very competitive price and delivery timing from Chinaese supplier in the same condition.

If you need quotation, I can send you my contact.  Thanks.

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Just to add something regarding injection moulding.

Depending on the geometry and size, for a batch of 500 - 1000 parts, an injection tool is definatelly better. The part finishing, the dimensional, the plastic resistance would be repetable for all parts, while for 3D printing (especially if you do with diffrent printers) it can have diferences between one printer and another or even bettween parts printed on the same printer.

 

Regarding timing, injecting with an injection tool, 1000 parts would take around 8 hours. But... you need around 5 weeks to construct the actual mould (this is timing for a simple and small mould).

Regarding pricing, the injection tool, can cost between 1000 to 5000 euro, again depending on the part geometry and size. And the actual injection of 1000 parts would cost maybe 200 - 500 euro (depending on material and again geometry and size). If you 3D print 1000 parts, again largelly depending on the size and geometry, the cost can be very variable, but it can reach to more then 5000 euro.

 

If you provide the 3D of the part in STL format, everibody here can give you a price quotation for 1000 parts 3D printed.

If you provide the 3D of the part in an editable format (like STL), I can help you get a quotation for an injection tool and injecting 1000 parts. If you consider this option, I can give you my contact and we can discuss further.

 

But again, all prices and timing, for both 3D printing and injection moulding will depends on the model, size and geometry.

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We have a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 and we can 3D print 100-200 small parts on one printbed overnight. Alternatively Voodoo Manufacturing  and Ultimaker are both doing some cool stuff with 3D printer "farms" where they have lots of reasonably cheap FDM printers running at once. When you're talking about 500-1000 parts, it's worth looking into injection moulding (depending on the geometry). 

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Hello, this situation is called pilot production. It is normal for some kind of products that need small bulk, high quantity batch production. Do you have any needs for this small amount production? I think you can try with 3d printing that "made in China"!

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Just wanting to get a little feedback

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HI;

there are many hubs, including mine, that are indeed running a farm of printers (mine consists of Ultimaker 3) and do small batch production. depending on the type of object, you could have multiple objects on a single glass plate.

having multiple objects does always impact quality, so this might not always be feasible.. 

small production printing is however a bit different then printing unique objects. i prefer the small production batches, but to each it's own. 

happy to answer questions you might have.

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