how much does 3d printing cost

"How much does 3D printing cost?" is the number one question we get asked. Our handy cost calculator will help you determine the answer to this. Simply upload you .stl file, let us know what material you need and receive your instant quote.

 

 

If you are not sure about your project, please contact us or use the above like to send us sketches, photos or supporting information.  Use our CAD service to draw your idea or part in a 3D compatible format.

How does material affect the price?

Yes - material selection can have a big impact on price.

Here at 3D Print works, we can 3D print in a range of materials including PLA, ABS, Nylon, PETG, Glass Reinforced Nylon, Onyx, Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Carbon Reinforced Nylon - and we are adding more all the time.

We have a more extensive Materials Guide here, but here are a few basic facts regarding how materials affect price.

The cheapest material are usually plastics - ABS, PLA, PETG and Nylon.  Not only is the material fairly cheap (about £20 per kg), but the 3D printers are also quite cheap (between £300 and £5,000).  The reinforced plastics are more expensive as they have additives.

The most expensive materials are metals - we commonly make objects in aluminium and stainless steel but can also print in other metals.  These can be 10 times that of plastics.  It is sometimes a good idea to make a sample version from a cheaper material to check all the dimensions before going ahead with the metal version.

3D Printing Cost Comparison

We thought it would be helpful to provide a table showing the costs of 3D printing in different materials.  The prices below are for the same small 3D printed part which is a disk 50mm in diameter x 20mm high with a central hole of 20mm diameter.  Prices do not include any set up or minimum order charges.  All prices exclude VAT. 

Material Price
ABS, PLA, PETG £26.32
Nylon £37.46
Glass Reinforced Nylon