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Stratasys Direct January 18, 2018
January 18, 2018
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How to Optimize a Quote for Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Engineers

Project Engineers are kept up-to-date on the latest rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and general manufacturing materials and options Stratasys Direct offers. We have organized a list of helpful information to help you during your design process. These tips are a general rule of thumb and do not apply in all situations; however, they are proven to foster good communication between our customers and Project Engineers.

What you need to know:

For the best quoting experience, keep these material and design rules in mind.

  • File Type: In order to get an accurate quote we need 3D data. We typically deal with .STL, .IGS or .STP but can accept most types of files. We have a license to most of the major CAD design products including Solidworks, ProE and Catia so we can accept native data.
  • Product Differences:  It’s important to know that certain manufacturing technologies are better suited for certain applications. Each technology has benefits and limitations. If you are interested in form and fit testing or require a show model, you may consider PolyJet or SLA. If you are looking for something that builds quickly and is functional, then you might consider SLS and FDM. If you require higher quantities (25-50), then SAF, MJF and P3 are likely the best options.  Anything in very high quantities are typically best suited for our tooling and injection molding.
  • Minimum Feature Size: Additive manufacturing is limited by the accuracy of the laser, print head or nozzle used to lay out each layer of material. Features below 0.020” will not build with most of our processes, however each technology differs.
  • How Long Will My Quote Take: Getting a quote for a 3D printing project is usually a quick process, regardless of the specific technology. However, high-requirement projects and Injection Molding may take longer, due to the specific processes that need to be applied. Simple additive manufacturing jobs can usually be quoted instantly through online services. 
  • Lead Times: Most additive manufacturing processes take about 2-5 days for raw parts and 1-4 additional days for finishing depending on complexity.
  • Tolerances: Tolerances are always listed on the quote and it’s important to review them to ensure you have built enough clearance in your design for the process selected.
  • Ballpark pricing: Each project Stratasys Direct manufactures is custom, so it’s difficult to give ball part pricing without 3D data and the full scope of your project.

 

What we need to know:

  • Application: Knowing the application of your product allows us to help you select the process and material. It’s important to share the purpose for the part and what your intentions are. If you have a preferred technology you’d like Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to quote, please let us know what it is and why you’d like to use it.  We are ITAR compliant and offer Non-Disclosure Agreements, so let your Project Engineer know or contact quotes@stratasysdirect.com to begin the NDA process.
  • Requirements:  Any critical requirements of your project should be presented at the time of the quote request. This includes engineering drawings, inserts and taps, inspection requirements, heat requirements, strength requirements, etc.

We are always happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to working with you to bring your project from idea to prototype to production.

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