It would be important to consider in advance what the printing is for and whether FDM or SLS printing is the right procedure for your project.
Here is the brief process
- The "digital" template
The printer needs a "digital drawing", which you can make yourself with a drawing program (e.g. Turbocad, Fusion360, ..) or you are looking for a template from the Internet e.g. https://www.yeggi.com/ or Prusa or scanning would be another option. At the end you have an STL file that you upload to our APP. But because each slicing process is very computation-intensive, we want you to create a user with us so that we can save your files secure.
2. The material
Now you have to decide which capabilities you want to have. Do you want a fast prototype, do you want a functional part that is mechanically stressed? Heat resistance etc. Does the price matter? Is the resolution important etc. This results is the basic selection of the printing process and material. (So FDM vs SLS) YouTube channels like CncKitchen or Thomas Sanlander are a good help
3. The printers
We decided to limit the printers in order to be able to determine the quality. Therefore, you also have to select the printer to be able to calculate exact time.
These printers are FDM printers with a very wide range of materials. (We currently only support 1 material per print) And the printers are available in 230x190 and 330x240 mm construction areas
The "most cloned" and original printer in the world. But we rely on the original so that the quality and the process is ensured. There is the workhorse Prusa Mk3 with 250x210mm construction area as a standard printer.
And soon the mini with 180x180mm construction area.
SLS / MSLA "resin printer (in preparation)
This printer can print on 120 x 68 x 150 mm space in the highest resolution with a layer height of up to 0.01 mm (not recommended). The printer is suitable for many small parts or figures etc. And here is a selection of the possible materials.
4. The layer height
Now select the layer height. (Start with 0.2mm)
When you have entered all the parameters, press Save and the system calculates the time it takes for the print. Now you can play with the parameters. Repeat the process for all parts you want to have printed.
5. Print request
If you put the "tick" next to the file you can start the request and you will see the printers and the prices in the selection.
If the printer is online, you can start printing from the printer owner immediately after payment. If the printer is offline (e.g. because the owner is currently changing the material, ...) then send a request that the owner can accept or reject. This will happen in a timely manner.
If the printer owner has accepted then they will be asked to pay. You will receive an email and can now make the payment.
6. Printing process
Now the printer owner receives the request to print and, after printing or printing (they will each receive an email), pack the objects and send them via Hermes. The tracking number is entered by the sender so that we can send it to you as an email.
When you receive the print, please rate the printer owner