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    Hey

    I just wanted to know if there are any services in the London area that offer molding or 3D printing services, preferably in metal (although plastic would probably be fine) from 3D models. I had a couple of projects in mind but I wanted to make them from scratch from my own CAD models. Unfortunately, my school's technology department hasn't got the resources to manufacture these components.

    If these services do exist, approximately how much would they cost?

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    I know that they have a 3D printer at the Institute of Making at UCL. They have public open days and "the MakeSpace – a workshop where members and guests can make, break, design and combine both advanced and traditional tools, techniques and materials". Not sure about costs etc but here's the link - http://www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/
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    I believe AutoCad's "123D" service has links to industrial printers so that you can send off your designs to be made, but it's not exactly cheap. I think they use "SLS" printing methods, which may be suitable for metals too.

    Perhaps consider asking a local university if you could use their equipment?

    You can reduce the cost by printing hollow shapes, and slicing software will often do this. The massive cost of materials comes from solid 3D shapes. Plastic reels (for extrusion printing) costs around £25-£30 per kilogram, plus the cost of electricity, maintenance, upkeep, etc.
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    (Original post by SillyEddy)
    I believe AutoCad's "123D" service has links to industrial printers so that you can send off your designs to be made, but it's not exactly cheap. I think they use "SLS" printing methods, which may be suitable for metals too.

    Perhaps consider asking a local university if you could use their equipment?

    You can reduce the cost by printing hollow shapes, and slicing software will often do this. The massive cost of materials comes from solid 3D shapes. Plastic reels (for extrusion printing) costs around £25-£30 per kilogram, plus the cost of electricity, maintenance, upkeep, etc.
    That's really helpful. Thank you!
 
 
 
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