3D Printing Prices & Delivery Times

Probably the single most frequently asked question about 3D printing regards the price structure. Unfortunately, for most printing methods, there is no simple answer to this question as the technology is complex and many factors contribute to the cost structure. For instant calculation you can easily upload your model.

To provide you with an overview, we have summarized some orientation prices, along with factors that determine price and opportunities to reduce costs for your model.


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Standard Prices, Examples & Delivery Periods for each technology


In order to get a better sense of the costs according to technology, we provide some orientation prices. These prices are not fixed – pricing will often be below the orientation price for larger objects, and above for smaller objects.

If you already have a print-ready 3D model, you can upload it to our 3D Printing Service Tool to get an instant quote. Alternatively, you can ask for a manual quote.


Examples

Stereolithography (SLA) is a technology with high resolution and low tolerances. It can be used for functional and visual prototypes and some small batch series.
Maximum Bounding Box: 450 x 450 x 350 mm.

Orientation Prices

  • For most objects approximately EUR 2,00 per cm³ (+19% VAT) plus EUR 5,00 service charge (+19% VAT)
  • Supporting material and Supportmaterial und complex geometries increase the price per cm³
  • For bigger objects and small batch series the price can reduce up to EUR 1,20 / cm³ (+ 19% VAT)

Period of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 2 Weekdays Express
Stereolithografie (SLA) Preise und Kosten Beispiel Turm

The tower, a standard model for testing a 3D printer, with a volume of approx. 16 cm³ and a hight of 6 cm. The costs for this model in transparent resin amount to EUR 37,- (+19% VAT). 

Stereolithografie (SLA) Preise und Kosten Beispiel Gehäuse

The 3D printing costs for this Element with a volume of approx. 50 cm³ amount to EUR 105,- (+19% VAT).


Examples

Colorjet allows for full-color prints using full-color plaster material. At 3Faktur, you have a choice between standard and premium production processes, where the latter adds several extra steps of surface finishing.

Orientation prices

  • Depending on size and production option (standard vs. premium) price are typically between EUR 0,9-1 per cm³.
  • For high-volume parts or large quantities, reductions to EUR 6 per cm³ are possible.

Colorjet is a popular technology for producing architectural models. Orientation prices for such models are shown in the image:

Period of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 2 Weekdays Express
3D-Figur Kosten Beispiel

Costs 3D figures: Standard prices for printing (without Scan, post processing etc.) ordered by sizes: 

  • 10 cm (solid): approx. EUR 20 – 30
  • 20 cm (solid): approx. EUR 125 – 135
  • 20 cm (hollow): approx. EUR 85 – 95
3D-Architekturmodell Kosten

ColorJet is a popular technology for producing architectural models. Orientation prices for such models are shown in the image:

  • 15 cm (diagonal base area, 2 floors + roof): approx. EUR 700
  • 30 cm (diagonal base area, 2 floors + roof): approx. EUR 1.500

Examples

Polyjet is very complex. This makes price calculations complicated. Therefor you cannot find any automated offers in our 3D printing Service. But you can upload your model for an instant quote from us.

Orientation Prices

  • Medium-sized objects often EUR 3,4-5,10 per cm³ (+19% VAT)
  • Small objects generally have higher per cm³-prices

Period of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 2 Weekdays Express
PolyJet 3D-Druck Kosten Bauteil

The printing costs for this object with a volume of approx. 30 cm³ (supporting materials included) amount to approx. EUR 130 (VAT included). The material VeroClear was used.

PolyJet 3D-Druck Kosten anatomisches Modell

For this hands materials were combined (clear material and black/white material for the structures on the inside). The bigger one is printed with flexible material in original size and the smaller ones consist of hard material (right) and flexible material (left). They have a size of approx. 4 cm.


Examples

Laser Sintering is carried out with PA2200 (Nylon). The material is with wall thickness of 2mm or more stable and with lower wall thickness flexible.

Orientation Prices

  • For small and middle- sized objects (10 – 100 cm³) generally EUR 1,10-1,60 per cm³ (+19% VAT).
  • For larger objects or small batch series EUR 0,84 per cm³ (+19% VAT).

Period of production

  • 7-10 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 5 Weekdays Express
Kosten Lasersintern 3D Druck Beispiel anatomisches Herzmodell

This anatomical model of a heart was produced with Laser Sintering. For a length of approx. 10 cm and a volume of 125 cm³ the price is approx. EUR 140 (+19% VAT).

3D-Druck Leiterplatte-Selektives Lasersintern

This 3D printed conductor board was produced with Selective Laser Sintering. It has a volume about 40 cm³ and would cost with coloring  EUR 58 (+19% VAT).


Examples

FDM, also called FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication), is a cost-efficient technology. But the surface characteristics are worse than those of other technologies. Therefor it is suitable for first drafts or for hobby models. 

Orientation Prices

Period of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 5
  • 2 Weekdays Express
FDM 3D-Druck Kosten PLA Beispiel Zahnrad

A gear of PLA. The price is approx. EUR 11,40 (+19% VAT) with a volume of approx. 16 cm³.

Kosten FDM 3D-Druck ABS Beispiel Bodenplatte

This housing plate (ABS) with a volume of approx. 75 cm³ and a base area of approx. 14 x 14 cm costs EUR 39 (+19% VAT).

VAT (19%) applies to private consumers within the European Union. VAT does not apply for anyone outside the European Union or registered companies within the European Union.


Examples
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Stereolithography (SLA) is a technology with high resolution and low tolerances. It can be used for functional and visual prototypes and some small batch series.
Maximum Bounding Box: 450 x 450 x 350 mm.

Orientation Prices

  • For most objects approximately EUR 2,00 per cm³ (+19% VAT) plus EUR 5,00 service charge (+19% VAT)
  • Supporting material and Supportmaterial und complex geometries increase the price per cm³
  • For bigger objects and small batch series the price can reduce up to EUR 1,20 / cm³ (+ 19% VAT)

Time of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 2 Weekdays Express
Stereolithografie (SLA) Preise und Kosten Beispiel Turm

The tower, a standard model for testing a 3D printer, with a volume of approx. 16 cm³ and a hight of 6 cm. The costs for this model in transparent resin amount to EUR 37,- (+19% VAT). 

Stereolithografie (SLA) Preise und Kosten Beispiel Gehäuse

The 3D printing costs for this Element with a volume of approx. 50 cm³ amount to EUR 105,- (+19% VAT).


Examples

ColorJet allows for full-color prints using full-color plaster material. At 3Faktur, you have a choice between standard and premium production processes, where the latter adds several extra steps of surface finishing.

Orientation prices

  • Depending on size and production option (standard vs. premium) price are typically between EUR 0,9-1 per cm³.
  • For high-volume parts or large quantities, reductions to EUR 6 per cm³ are possible.

ColorJet is a popular technology for producing architectural models. Orientation prices for such models are shown in the image:

Time of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 2 Weekdays Express
3D-Figur Kosten Beispiel

Costs 3D figures: Standard prices for printing (without Scan, post processing etc.) ordered by sizes: 

  • 10 cm (solid): approx. EUR 20 – 30
  • 20 cm (solid): approx. EUR 125 – 135
  • 20 cm (hollow): approx. EUR 85 – 95
3D-Architekturmodell Kosten

ColorJet is a popular technology for producing architectural models. Orientation prices for such models are shown in the image:

  • 15 cm (diagonal base area, 2 floors + roof): approx. EUR 700
  • 30 cm (diagonal base area, 2 floors + roof): approx. EUR 1.500


Examples

Polyjet is very complex. This makes price calculations complicated. Therefor you cannot find any automated offers in our 3D printing Service. But you can upload your model for an instant quote from us.

Orientation Prices

  • Medium-sized objects often EUR 3,4-5,10 per cm³ (+19% VAT)
  • Small objects generally have higher per cm³-prices

Time of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 2 Weekdays Express
PolyJet 3D-Druck Kosten Bauteil

The printing costs for this object with a volume of approx. 30 cm³ (supporting materials included) amount to approx. EUR 130 (VAT included). The material VeroClear was used.

PolyJet 3D-Druck Kosten anatomisches Modell

For this hands materials were combined (clear material and black/white material for the structures on the inside). The bigger one is printed with flexible material in original size and the smaller ones consist of hard material (right) and flexible material (left). They have a size of approx. 4 cm.


Examples

Laser Sintering is carried out with PA2200 (Nylon). The material is with wall thickness of 2mm or more stable and with lower wall thickness flexible.

Orientation Prices

  • For small and middle- sized objects (10 – 100 cm³) generally EUR 1,10-1,60 per cm³ (+19% VAT).
  • For larger objects or small batch series EUR 0,84 per cm³ (+19% VAT).

Time of production

  • 7-10 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 10
  • 5 Weekdays Express
Kosten Lasersintern 3D Druck Beispiel anatomisches Herzmodell

This anatomical model of a heart was produced with Laser Sintering. For a length of approx. 10 cm and a volume of 125 cm³ the price is approx. EUR 140 (+19% VAT).

3D-Druck Leiterplatte-Selektives Lasersintern

This 3D printed conductor board was produced with Selective Laser Sintering. It has a volume about 40 cm³ and would cost with coloring  EUR 58 (+19% VAT).


Examples

FDM, auch genannt FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication), is a cost-efficient technology. But the surface characteristics are worse than those of other technologies. Therefor it is suitable for first drafts or for hobby models. 

Orientation Prices

Time of production

  • 5 Weekdays for standard material and for a number of pieces ≤ 5
  • 2 Weekdays Express
FDM 3D-Druck Kosten PLA Beispiel Zahnrad

A gear of PLA. The price is approx. EUR 11,40 (+19% VAT) with a volume of approx. 16 cm³.

Kosten FDM 3D-Druck ABS Beispiel Bodenplatte

This housing plate (ABS) with a volume of approx. 75 cm³ and a base area of approx. 14 x 14 cm costs EUR 39 (+19% VAT).

VAT (19%) applies to private consumers within the European Union. Does not apply for anyone outside the European Union or registered companies within the European Union.



Cost Factors

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Material Consumption

The materials used for 3D printing are very specific to the technology (e.g., photosensitive resins), and their compositions differ from conventional materials (e.g., metal powder vs. metal blocks in milling).
Therefore, material prices for 3D printing are higher than those for conventional production, and for some technologies this is the factor that most determines cost.

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Bounding Box

The bounding box of the object to be printed is the product of its maximum length, maximum width and maximum depth. It determines how much space the object occupies in the machine and how long the printing will take.
Since production times can be very long (sometimes up to 48h) and (professional) machines are very costly, the bounding box is an important factor in 3D printing pricing. Particularly for asset-heavy technologies, such as direct metal 3D printing, this can be the most important factor.

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Finishing

For some technologies and some materials, post-production finishing involves a lot of labor, which can contribute to pricing. An example is direct metal 3D printing, in which fused metal support structures must be manually removed. Depending on the geometry of the object, this can require several hours.


Opportunities to Reduce 3D Printing Costs



The main cost factors are material consumption, machine hours and post-production finishing. These indicate a few ways by which to minimize the cost of 3D printing your object:

  • Hollow the model: Voluminous models can often be made hollow, especially if they are intended only for visualization. For larger objects, this can reduce the price by up to 80%. However, if you do intend to hollow the model, please ensure that sufficiently large escape holes are left (5 mm in diameter at minimum), allowing for the removal of unused material.
  • Reduce the size: If the model is for visualization purposes and does not require a particular scale, you can reduce the model size. With high-resolution technologies, like SLA or PolyJet, even the smallest details can remain clear at small scales.
  • Further possibilities: Some cost-reduction opportunities are specific to each technology. For example, for technologies requiring support structures, a reduction of geometric complexity can lead to significant cost reductions. We are happy to help you optimize your model, so don’t hesitate to contact us for advice.
Beispiel große und kleine 3D-Druck Modelle

Small and large 3D print examples:

Size reduction: HKD ~500 for the small version vs. HKD 10,000 for the large one. Even at small scales, details remain visible as the PolyJet technology permits extremely high resolutions.

Hohle Katzenfigur mit Öffnung zum Entfernen von Material

Cat figure – hollow:

Hollow objects: This cat figure is completely hollow, reducing printing cost by more than 70% as compared to the solid version. For the ColorJet, please allow an escape hole of at least 5 mm in diameter, so that excess material can be removed, and ensure a wall thickness of at least 3 mm.

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Sleeping Baby; hollow figure

 


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