3D Printing Services

What is 3D printing?

3D printing works by adding material on top of itself, layer by layer, until a full 3D model is built from the ground up. Think of building a tiered cake, except each layer is thinner than a human hair follicle, and not as tasty!

What type of 3D printing does Source Graphics offer?

3D printing can be done in various types of technology formats. Source Graphics offers Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing. SLA 3D printing uses guided UV light beams that hit a liquid substance called resin. As the UV light beams hit the resin, the UV light is solidifying (or chemically hardening) the resin layer by layer. As a result of this process, 3D models are more robust, heavily, detailed, and longer lasting as compared to other types of 3D printing processes.

Does Source Graphics offer any other types of 3D printing technology besides SLA?

No, we only offer SLA 3D printing.

What do I need to provide to have something printed?

You will need a STL FORMAT file. If you have a 3D AutoCad file, you will need to convert it to STL.

Can you convert my file to a STL file for me?

No, we can only open STL FORMAT files to be printed. 

Do you have any recommendations for engineers or companies that can do the file conversion for me?

No, we do not have any recommendations we can provide. We recommend looking to Google for user communities that dabble in 3D Design, AutoCad, or Solidworks. 

How big of a print/model can I print?

The build plate (or print area) we utilize is 5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9 inches. For any print or model that is beyond those parameters, we can segment/print the model in multiple pieces. 

What kind of materials do you print with?

We use liquid resin material. There are 10 different options to choose from: high temp resin, durable resin, tough resin, flexible resin, castable resin, dental SG resin, black resin, white resin, grey resin, and clear resin.

How long does it take to 3D print something?

Average prints can take as minimal as 4-6 hours and potentially as long as 24 hours, depending on what is being printed. With SLA 3D printing, prints are more detailed and defined as compared to other 3D printing technologies like Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). In comparison to FDM 3D printing, SLA 3D printing is a lengthier process but the results outweigh FDM 3D prints.

How long will it take for a print job to be ready for pick up or shipping?

Average lead time for a print job is around 2-3 business days. This includes printing the project and any post-processing measures that need to be taken. 

What does post-processing involve?

Post-processing is the next phase in the 3D printing process once the actually printing phase has been completed. With post-processing, numerous steps can be taken. Post-processing can involve (but are not limited to) cleaning, sanding, or UV curing prints. These steps are dependent on the file that is being printed and the type of resin material that is being used. 

Can I provide you one of my STL files for a free sample print to see print quality?

We do NOT accept requests to print customer files for free. If you would like to have your file printed, please submit a request form for a quotation through this link: Request Print Quote. In the event you are interested in seeing 3D printer quality, we do have a set of sample print files that we can print out and send to you for free. If you would like to receive a free sample print, please place your request through this link: Request Sample Print.

What happens to the file I submit?

The file locker that accepts online submitted STL files is emptied out every 4 months. We do not keep or sell any files that you submit through our website. Your STL file is your intellectual property and we intend on keeping it that way. If you require for a Non-Disclosure Agreement form to be signed, please specify in the comment section of your quotation request.


Source Graphics
1530 N Harmony Circle
Anaheim, CA 92807

Toll Free: 800-791-9042
Fax: 714-701-1505