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What Determines the Cost of 3D Printing?


The cost of 3D printers is down and materials are easily available online. However, depending on the industry and type of business, a 3D printer can still be a hefty investment for small businesses. So, if you’re interested in starting a business that includes 3D printing, today we’ll break down the elements that can help reduce the overall cost and increase profits.


The Technologies


The cost of a printer is determined by the technology it uses. For instance, right now, there are three main technologies: SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) SLA (Stereolithography) FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) SLS is the most expensive one and FDM is the most affordable (in both hardware and materials). In fact, FDM is the technology we most associate with 3D printing as it uses a thermoplastic material to build objects following a specific pattern. Still, not all projects can be made with FDM machines, so you […]

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