Outsourcing Your Designs

What is outsourcing?

 

Shapeways, Sculpteo, 3D Hubs, i.Materialise

Things to Consider While Outsourcing

  • Material
  • Cost
  • Time
  • Shipping / Country of origin
  • Ethics

Material

Plastics

Resin

Sandstone/ Steel

Precious Metals

Cost

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  2. Select Material 
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Time/ Shipping

Time Considerations

 

  • Do I need my object fabricated to meet a certain deadline? 
    • You will usually need to give companies at least 3 weeks.
  • Do I need to make multiple prototypes? How can I check scale, or if parts fit together?
    • Check material properties lists from the company to see how much particular materials shrink.

Ethics

Labor/ Waste

  • Is the company green/ environmentally sustainable? 
  • Can the material I use be recycled later on? 
  • How are the employees treated? Have there been any reports about mistreatment?

Laser Cutting

Ponoko (Also Xometry, Cotter, Sculpteo, Lasergist)

Materials

  • Aluminum (2024-T3 - 7075-T6)
  • Brass (C360, 260)
  • C932 M07 Bearing Bronze
  • Copper (101, C110)
  • ABS
  • Acetal [Delrin]
  • Acrylic
  • Nylon 6/6
  • Steel
  • + More 

Electronic Cutting

Sticker Mule (Sticker Giant, Stickeryou)

Sticker Mule

Miami Fruit

Manufacturing on a Large Scale

  • If you need to make 100+ of an item, you might want to contact a company to make your product. 
  • Previously mentioned outsourcing companies can still be used for cheap prototypes, but you shouldn’t use them to make 100 of an item in most circumstances. 
  • Craftcloud from All3DP lets you compare with quantity as a setting

Contact us with questions! 

makerspace@chipublib.org

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