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) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 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.

For FDM, plastic filament material is fed and melted through a device called an extruder. As the filament is being melted through the extruder, the filament then travels through the extruder's nozzle tip that then precisely built each individual layer of a 3D model. Similar to a hot glue gun when sold glue sticks are melted then pushed through the glue gun nozzle, filament is pushed through the extruder but precisely layered.

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

No, we only offer SLA and FDM 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?

Depending on the technology being used, we can print maximum build sizes of:

  • 10 x 10 x 10 in (SLA 3D Printing)
  • 8.6 x 8.6 x 11.8 in (FDM 3D Printing)

What kind of materials do you print with?

We use liquid resin material for SLA and filament material for FDM.

How long does it take to 3D print something?

Average prints can take as minimal as 2-3 hours and potentially as long as 24 hours, depending on what is being printed. For more information, please send us your file for a full quotation.

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 3D Printing Technology/3D Print Material 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 month. 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.

Do you honor Non-Disclosure Agreements?

If you require for a Non-Disclosure Agreement form to be signed, please specify in the comment section of your quotation request. Once your quotation request is received by our 3D Team, we will then further advise the next steps.