How to Estimate the Cost of Manufacturing a Product Using a Per Unit Formula
15 February, 2021
June 4, 2016 at 8:13 am
Looking for a cheap 3d printing service? Trust us when we say that it’s better to go with affordable than cheap. Cheap can end up costing you more in the long run as low quality 3d printers will mean your printed products will break down quickly and need to be replaced sooner. While good quality printing can be more expensive initially, it pays off dividends in the long run, especially if you’re selling your printed products onto third parties and trying to avoid having to refund faulty or broken products.
How much does high quality 3d printing cost?
But what about buying your own printer? If you are planning to get some 3d printing done you might have looked at getting a printer. This may be a viable option if you are happy with run-of-the-mill quality printing and will be printing regularly. But if you only need a small number of printed items, and are happy to pay (not much more really) for high quality printing, then it makes sense to outsource to a company like us. JCAD has done the groundwork for you, shopping around to find the highest quality 3d printing providers in the world at the most affordable prices, partnering with them so we can take your designs all the way from concept to print.
Economies of scale come into play here. The more items you get printed the cheaper the cost per item. If you are needing thousands of items produced, talk to us first – it might be quicker and more affordable to make molds for your products in order to mass produce them than to 3d print them all.
3d printing has come a long way in the last few years, going from a relatively unknown process (it was first used in 1986, but has only blown up over the last few years!) used predominantly in industrial manufacturing settings to the more affordable consumer options available today. Think the difference between computers that took up a whole room, and the smartphones we now carry around in our pockets.
In line with these technological developments the price of 3D printing has dropped a lot, making it much more affordable and accessible now than it ever has been before. While it’s hard to say exactly how much your project will cost to print, as estimates are based on the size and complexity of your project (plus a few other factors, contact us for a quote and we can talk you through the whole process) 3d printing prices are now within almost everyone’s reach and budget.
JCAD also offers their clients crowdsourcing support. Gone are the days of having to rely on a few rich investors to fund your project. If your idea is innovative we can help you create a winning kickstarter campaign that will mean your product pays you to be printed, and you have the capital and interest to reach a wide audience with your products.