With this information, and with what we already know, you can find out how much material you use in an hour and, ultimately, how much it costs you per hour. Scales up to 152 mm or ~6 in height. We created this 3D printer labor cost calculator for our friends who run 3D printer farms in their garage as a side business. It's a quick way to give your client a quote for a job.
The “cost per hour” field allows you to easily play with what you want to charge for printing time. If you want to be even more precise, I suggest you schedule 10 print jobs with different geometries and weigh the final impressions. Earlier, I mentioned that filament is just one of the factors that incur costs for the 3D printing service. 3D printing software provides an estimate of the printing time, and most 3D printers also show the actual printing time for each printed model.
There is also a base price (or a minimum fee) that is added if the cost of 3D printing is less than a certain amount. There is a clear benefit in analyzing all the factors that generate costs and communicating how the final pricing scheme was determined (including verifying the hypothesis that the 3D printing time and the weight of the resulting model are proportional to each other) to all library staff who will participate in the new 3D printing. From the above examples, you will notice that many 3D printing service fee schemes are based on the weight of a 3D printing model. The most commonly used 3D printing materials are PLA, ABS, PETG, nylon, TPU, TPE, ASA, resin, polycarbonate and other specialty materials.
If, on average, your prints are 100g per print job, then on average, you can fit approximately 10 print jobs on a roll. Here are some examples that show that the 3D printing pricing scheme of ten libraries has changed over the past three years. If cost is an issue for you and you're only printing in 3D for fun, buying a 3D printer could be the best investment in the long run. If staff find it difficult to work with the pricing scheme when they need to charge and process each 3D printing job, the new 3D printing service will increase their workload significantly.