1.You’re joking right? How can you make a real part from a 3D file?
2.How much will it cost me to turn my 3D model into a real model?
3.Are there parts that you won’t build?
4.Will the part you make look just like a plastic model or figure from the store?
5.How large of a part can you make?
6.How durable are the parts that you make?
7.How accurate are the parts that you make?
8.Why do you need my 3D file to provide a quote?
9.What file formats do you accept?
10.How do I send you my file for a price quote?
11.My internet connection is slow, can I mail a disk or CD to you?
12.Are there any restrictions on model geometry?
13.How well will the part you make match my 3D model?
14.I’ve downloaded a 3D model from a website, will you make a part from it for me?
15.How long will it take to get my part quote?
16.What if I want to change my 3D model after you have quoted on it?
17.How long will it take to get my order?
18.Who will have access to my 3D files?
19.How do you handle privacy and security issues?
20.I have other questions, how do I get additional information?
21.Do you ship internationally?
22.Will you mark the package as a gift or the value at $0.00?
You’re joking right? How can you make a real part from a 3D file?
We enjoy a good joke, but this is not one of them. We can build some amazingly complex parts using technology collectively called Rapid Prototyping. Following the TransOcean disaster in Gulf, one Louisiana law firm inquired about making a 3d model to demonstrate exactly what happened so they could post a link on their site. The attorneys felt that a model would be more flexible than an animation and permit the camera to demonstrate multiple angles. The time frame became an issue since the legal work needed to get underway immediately in order to capture the injured parties as soon as possible. The maritime workers were already being inundated by law firms angling for the business. The media became a more important avenue for 3d developers, since they also needed a way to inform their audience about what exactly happened and why.
How much will it cost me to turn my 3D model into a real model?
We will provide you with a price quote for each 3D file before you order, but in general you can expect a 6in. to 8in. tall model to be in the $40 to $120 range. Generally smaller models will cost less than large models with more surface area. Take a look at our Product Information page, we show samples along with the price charged for that particular model.
Are there parts that you won’t build?
We reserve the right to refuse orders that would be illegal to ship anywhere in the country.
Will the part you make look just like a plastic model or figure from the store?
The parts we produce are not plastic and they are not painted. They are plaster based. Made layer by layer and will have a textured finish that you can sand, prime and paint if you wish.
How large of a part can you make?
Parts must fit within a 8in. x 8in. x 10in. volume, although your 3D models can be made in sections and then glued together. You would need to submit the 3D file for each piece for us to provide a price quote.
How durable are the parts that you make?
The parts receive a post process that makes them durable enough for normal handling and additional finishing, although small thin features are more delicate just like any figure or model commercially available.
How accurate are the parts that you make?
The printing process can cause some growth in the mesh, so when modeling parts to fit together allow for some clearance in both the holes & pegs of your mesh.
Why do you need my 3D file to provide a quote?
In order to provide you with the absolute lowest price quote, we need your 3D file to accurately calculate both the actual model volume and the models dimensional envelope.
What file formats do you accept?
We are currently accepting files in .obj, .3ds, .lwo, .c4d, .stl , most programs will export to one of these formats. Please be aware that .stl files can be very large. We are in the process of expanding the type of file formats we can work with, and if you cannot export to one of the listed types of formats let us know and we will see if we can convert your file.
How do I send you my file for a price quote?
Just click on the Quote button and follow the instructions.
My internet connection is slow; can I mail a disk or CD to you?
You sure can, mail your file on 3.5 floppy or CD to us at: 3D Art To Part 2450 Scott Blvd. #306 Santa Clara, CA 95050. Make sure you include an e-mail address so we can send you a quote.
Are there any restrictions on model geometry?
We recommend that model geometry not be thinner than about .070 inches (approx. the thickness of a US quarter). It is also important to avoid long thin or very fine geometry like knives or swords. Please see the information on the modeling info page.
How well will the part you make match my 3D model?
The process we use is fairly accurate at reproducing model features but very fine detail will usually not reproduce. Please see the information on the modeling info page.
I’ve downloaded a 3D model from a website; will you make a part from it for me?
It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the right to use any 3D model file that is sent to us for reproduction.
How long will it take to get my part quote?
Quotes are normally provided within a few working days after receiving your request. But can run longer during peak demand times periods, like around the holidays or conventions.
What if I want to change my 3D model after you have quoted on it?
You will need to get a new quote.
How long will it take to get my order?
We normally ship orders within ten to twelve working days after receipt of the order. Large orders, large parts (that require extra drying time) and orders that arrive during peak demand times, such as holidays, can increase the time in getting your order shipped.
Who will have access to my 3D files?
Only the personnel who need to quote on the file and prepare it for the build process will have access to your file.
How do you handle privacy and security issues?
I have other questions how do I get additional information?
Please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] or to call us at 1 (800)-677-4435 Mon. thru Fri. 8am to 5pm pacific time.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes we do. Contact us for more information at [email protected]
Will you mark the package as a gift or the value at $0.00?
No, we are unable to do this; we must mark the package at the full value for insurance purposes.