A: No, the term 3D printing comes from the use of inkjet printer heads to deposit, either layers of UV-curable photopolymer resin or a binding material onto a layer of powder in a powder bed process. However, the term now universally encompasses all additive manufacturing technologies. The more technical, or correct, way of referring to the automated process of building a 3D object from scratch using a digital file is “additive manufacturing”.
A: We offer in-house 3D modelling services for customers who do not have a 3D digital file. There are also various websites that allow downloading of digital files for free in .stl format such thingiverse myminifactory turbosquid
A: The 3D digital file needs to be in .stl or .obj file format for us to proceed with 3D printing. A CAD file is a must for 3D printing.
A: A stereolithography (stl) file is a format that provides 3D printers the blueprint to print a part. The .stl file is created as an export option in many 3D software applications such 3D Studio Max, Maya, Google Sketchup, and Blender.
A: You can upload your file on this website by clicking on the Get Quote page. Alternatively you can email your .stl file to us in info@timeto3d.com
A: The cost depends on the time required for the 3D printer to print the object. This would be calculated based on INR per printing hour or based on the cubic centimeter volume of the product depending on the technology applied.
A: The time taken to print any object depends upon the size of the object and settings set for an object. A small object with less dimensions and infills can be printed in less than an hour. 3D Printing usually takes hours, not minutes, and can vary depending on the level of detail of the .stl file and other specifications. Larger, more precise models can take significantly longer to print than the same model reduced in size and precision.
A: Infill is the structure printed internally in the hollow space of the object. Less dense infill percentage saves material and time, whereas higher infill density leads to stronger 3D printed objects.
A: There are several ways to reduce your 3D printing costs. Variables such as material, size, and infill of your print can make a huge difference in price over time, if they are optimized.
A:There are no restrictions in terms of print size. Prints can range from a few inches to multiple feet.
A: If the part is required in single piece then the largest printable size would depend on the build volume of the 3D printer. Large 3D models can be split into pieces, printed and assembled into a larger object if they don’t fit into a specific 3D printer
A: Yes, in certain cases such minatures, customised keychains, caketoppers etc. photos can be used to create models.
A: Yes, technologies such as Binder Jetting and Multi Jet Fusion allow for full color 3D Prints.
A: It depends entirely on your budget, your technical ability, the materials required and the application of the object being printed. We offer consultancy services to our customers and suggest the ideal 3D printer basis their requirements.
A: It is both. While a 3D pen is not capable of producing precision objects like a 3D printer it is a handy tool used by designers for the creation of quick rough versions of their ideas. On the other hand it is also viewed as an educational toy for kids that enables to bring out their creativity.
A: Yes, you can do 3D printing with your kids. But never leave them unattended. Hot components like the nozzle can seriously burn skin. Moving mechanical components are also dangerous components as they could pinch a child’s finger in no time. But if you take precautionary measures, 3D printing with kids can be a rewarding hobby.
A: Yes, 3D printing food is possible and is already being done. All you need to do is make the food extrudable. The food paste is then loaded into a syringe-like container and pushed through a nozzle onto a plate or build platform. There are some drawbacks, though. Even if you can create great looking food, it’s nearly impossible to 3D print a whole meal for several people – the printers are simply not fast enough. Still, chefs are embracing the 3D printing technology very fast.
A: Yes, chocolate can be 3D Printed. Perhaps even better than other foods. Since chocolate can melt, it can be pushed through a heated extruder and cooled to a solid much like thermoplastics.