3D printing to prototype

At J-CAD Inc. we use 3D printing to prototype your ideas and turn them into a reality. Thanks to advancements in 3D printing technology, the process has never been easier, more affordable or more accessible. At J-CAD Inc. we have many years of experience in 3D printing technologies and can walk you step by step through everything you need to start designing, printing, prototyping, and mass producing your product ideas. Get in touch today and we can help you refine and create your design so you’ll have a physical prototype in your hands in a week!

Why choose JCAD as your 3d printing business?

There are few companies out there who offer a full product development service that can help you create a 3D CAD design of your product or part that we can then also help you 3D print, prototype, and if you so wish mass produce. If you’d prefer however, the CAD design file we create for you can be sent to any company who works with 3D files anywhere in the world. Just think how much easier it will be though to get your design and development work all done through one company, not to mention that JCAD has some of the most affordable prices in the industry!

We just need one of the following to get started:

  • A sketch with dimensions included
  • A picture of a product or part similar to what you want
  • A 2D file of the product you desire

After seeing this, we will be able to give you a quote of what the entire project is going to cost you, within 5 – 10 minutes! Just give us a phone call or fill out our quote request form today.

Find out more about JCAD in this video


Listen to our CEO Jason discussing 3D printing with Jeff from 3D Masterminds


Here are a few examples of products we have prototyped and printed for our clients

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Can’t I Just Get The Software and Design The Parts Myself? Why Do I Need a 3D Printing Company?

It is not uncommon for our clients to ask us how hard it is for them to learn how to use CAD software and design the parts and products on their own. Being honest, it is INCREDIBLY hard. 3D design programs require years of daily use before someone can become proficient in them, and there is an art form to 3D design that encompasses both engineering and design.

It might help to think about it like this – imagine you get stuck without any hot water in your home. Are you just going to let anyone fix your plumbing? Would you try and do it yourself? Of course not. You are going to call a certified plumber to come to your home because doing so will save you time, money and lots of headaches! In much the same way, working with JCAD you can hire a professional 3D designer with experience, schooling, and training to handle your project for you. This will save you precious time you can use in other areas of your business, and it’s actually very affordable to get JCAD to design your parts for you!


It is quicker, cheaper and less stressful to get JCAD to create your 3D product files for printing

What About a Free Software Trial You Can Get at Those 3D Printing Websites?

There are tons of software companies that develop software that will help you prepare files for 3D printing. They claim the software is easy to use but in reality it’s not. Truthfully, the companies are comfortable offering the software for free for a limited trial period because they know that is NOT enough time for you to learn how to use it. Then, you find yourself in a position where you’ve started learning this program, already possibly having wasted many hours and having to buy it to continue to use it.

On numerous occasions we’ve had clients tell us how many hours and how much money they spent trying to learn 3D print design on their own. To our client’s surprise, it is not uncommon for us to design their product for less than $500. Not only does this end up being the cheaper option, but you don’t have to deal with the frustration or struggle of learning how to use the software on your own.

When trying to decide if you should design your own parts, think about it this way – do you want to spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars just to learn how to use the software; or would you rather spend a few hundred dollars to have J-CAD Inc. design the products and/or parts for you inside of a week?

Let the experts handle it, while you focus on making money where your skills are strongest instead!


Why Looking for The Cheapest 3D Printing Service is a Bad Idea.

You should always remember that old saying: “you get what you pay for”; it has proven to be true in so many instances.

Prime example; you may purchase a pair of cheap shoes at a bargain brand store one day thinking “What a deal!”, only to find them falling to pieces within a few weeks.

You will probably end up replacing that very pair of cheapies 3 times, costing you more than a better-quality shoe would have cost, had you made the initial investment in the first place instead of penny-pinching, or as the British say “being penny-wise and pound foolish!”.

Remember this now: “Buying cheap is buying expensive”.

The same can be said for 3D printing. At JCAD-Inc. we understand what everyone wants; a service provider that is cost-effective but provides a great product.
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But do consider these few things when you next shop for a 3D Printing Service. It is not as simple as you may think.

The Matter of Education and Training.

Are you paying for a quick youtube watching, a 2-week sideline course taking technician, or are you investing in someone who dedicated a lot of time and money to become an expert in the field?

Don’t be afraid to fork out a little more dough for a true designer who is customer focused and who is able to provide you the absolute best quality product.

Experience and Affordability

Yes, affordability is important in this day and age with costs rising for pretty much everything, but do remember to consider experience in this industry too.

A designer or 3D printing company that has longevity in the industry will certainly be able to provide you the best advice, service and product than someone with less experience.

This could mean a more competitive and affordable price, as an experienced hand will know their equipment and technology better and will be able to work quicker and more efficiently.

It’s up to you how you spend your money, but we say if you’re going to do something, especially something that is going out to your clients or the public, do it properly and spend accordingly.

After all, it is an investment into your business and a sustainable future!
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3D Printing Cost per Hour

Estimating or calculating the cost of 3D printing is not an exact science and will depend on many factors.

Overall printer cost, electricity, materials, manpower, size and quality of your model and the company or technician you use as well as the level of experience of said designer or tech will also play a role here.

It is pretty hard for the end-user to guesstimate the above-mentioned costs which add to the complexity of the equation, but we’ll try and keep it simple for you.

Depending on your vision and the size of your model, 3D printing can run anything from two dollars to thousands of dollars.
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One thing is certain though, the cost of 3D printing in your private home is definitely still too expensive.

Having said all this, there are some formulas out there to roughly calculate these costs:

All costs + hourly rate + consumables / number of objects needed to print = end-user cost.

You can also use the following formula:

Amount of filament needed / amount of time it would take to complete the task = hourly rate.

Example: 20grams of filament / 5hours of printing time = $4 per hour printing time.

(Filament such as Nylon, PET, ABS, Metal etc. can run around $25 per Kilogram.)

For more accurate calculations ask for a free quote!
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3D Metal Printing Prototyping

What Is It?

In short, 3D Metal Printing is a process that fuses layers of metal together using a laser to create certain parts. It’s also known as Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

This ‘laser cutting technology’ is produced from CAD data, and manufactures parts that are light in weight yet extremely durable. They possess complex features like internal voids, undercuts, tubes within tubes and so on.

Great advances have been made thanks to modern technology, since the origin in the early 1980’s.

A variety of metal and alloy materials such as stainless steel, cobalt chrome or Inconel metal are used during the manufacturing process.

This system is excellent for functional metal prototypes, end-user parts or high-temperature applications.

You can create anything from small tools, dental and surgical implants and even aerospace parts, but we’ll get into all that a little later on.

Before We Print We Must Prototype

As with anything we create, there must first be a vision. An Idea of what it is we want to make or manufacture and what the purpose of such an item would be.

Once it is visualized it must be made into a physical form for someone else to see and realize what the picture in your mind was all about.

Thus, we create a prototype.

The word “prototype” originates, where else but in Greece of course, from the words “prototypon” and “prototypos” which is directly translated to mean “first impression” or “original” or “primitive form”.

So, we understand then that prototype is an early or first sample, model, cast or release of a product built to test a concept or process.

It’s a term used to explain the materialization of an idea and exists in a variety of contexts, such as software programming, semantics, design, engineering, electronics and more. Creating an actual item from a theoretical one.

Rapid Prototyping Advantages and Disadvantages

The Pros:

  • Offers better visualization of products.
  • Accurately displays physical features no matter the complexity or size.
  • Improves and speeds up development of new products.
  • Saves time (Accurate models can be created more quickly and effectively almost overnight).
  • Models can be altered and refined more effectively before large-scale production.
  • Products are released into the consumer market much quicker than with conventional methods.
  • Can create a product with complex functions and surfaces.
  • Less wear and tear on tools and machinery.
  • The same tools can be used for various products and projects.
  • Uses accurate CAD data.
  • Less labor intensive.
  • Reduced waste costs due to less material carving or chipping.
  • Reduced risk of errors.
  • Reduced overall production costs.

The Cons:

It’s safe to say that the pros certainly outweigh the cons when it comes to rapid prototyping. Though there are about 3 disadvantages to mention, it’s clear that rapid prototyping is the way of the future.

  • There will be added development costs. Even though they’ll probably be worth more in the long run, It’ll still add up initially.
  • Due to direct client involvement development processes can be slowed down as new features and functions are added.
  • Complicated reusable code is created that’s almost impossible for users to revise or alter later.

Benefits of Prototyping

We’ve all heard of the term trial an error. Now the picture you see in your mind may not be the same as the picture your designer sees, so naturally, we can end up having more error than success.

Hence, we are better off creating an example or a prototype of your initial idea.

This creates a visual, workable product that can be altered, corrected, changed or fine tuned to remove any errors and then replicated or even mass produced depending on the functionality of the item.

It saves so much time and money because it eradicates the possibility of error on a mass scale.

Application of Rapid Prototyping

At this point we’ve established that pretty much anything we imagine can be prototyped and made into a tangible, visible object.

We can bring our imaginations and ideas to life with this cutting-edge technology, and also provide others the opportunity to add value, features and functions to our ideas, if we want to of course.

Now, there are an uncountable amount of applications and many benefits of rapid prototyping, but the 3 main categories are Design, engineering analysis and planning, and Tooling and Manufacturing, however, the list does not really end there.

There are also 3 main methods to use such as sketching & paper prototyping, digital prototyping, and native prototyping as is used by companies like Google.

Here is a more comprehensive explanation of these applications.
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  • Automotive applications such as gaskets, seals, door panels, under hood parts, gears, even cup holders, grill covers, ducts, air vents, interior and exterior trim and seating to mention a few.
  • Medical, Biomedical and Clinical applications like custom orthopedic implants, aesthetic reconstruction for plastic surgery, hearing aids and bone implants.
  • Engineering and Technology; fabrication of electrical devices or resisters, metal casting, scaffolding etc.
  • Aerospace and Aviation; to create functional parts for space stations, space shuttles and even fighter jets and passenger aircrafts.
  • Rapid Tooling and Machinery.
  • Archaeology and Arts; to help restore or recreate ancient statues and sculptures.
  • Architecture to create iterations of shape.
  • Marine; ship structures and parts.
  • Jewelry and Fashion
  • Furniture Design

What Does the Future Hold?

It’s difficult to say, but we can expect to see improvements such as lowered costs, higher quality resolutions and most importantly speedier prints.
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