I Have a 3D CAD File. What Now?

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A 3D file is a three-dimensional image file used in 3D printing. It can be created using computer-aided design (CAD) software, or by scanning an object with a 3D scanner. The file contains data that describes the shape of the object in three dimensions. This data can be used to create a physical replica of the object using a 3D printer.  In this article, we discuss what happens after you have created your 3D file and are ready to bring your drawing to life.

The Quoting Process

All projects require quoting. When working with Quickparts, a customer can obtain a quote for their project in two different ways – instant (automated) or manual. Each has its own set of benefits and challenges, but the goal is the same – provide the most accurate quote possible for each project.

An “instant quote” is exactly what it sounds like. A customer can get an instant quote immediately through Quickparts’ QuickQuote® tool.

Instant quotes apply only to 3D printing projects. QuickQuotes go straight to a Project Manager (PM) after the customer accepts the quote, helping shorten the project’s timeline. The PM conducts an initial file review to check whether there’s anything that may need adjustment to help obtain the best quality print. After a secondary file review, customers receive a standard lead time for the manufacturing process they selected. The PM then sends the customer a confirmation with an expected ship date. This is typically a fast, smooth process.

However, instant quotes may not always be 100% accurate. The project may experience a delay and could have additional costs in certain circumstances, like determining the finish level or whether a material is on hold/ordered/in-house.

The QuickQuote system does have a few limitations, such as higher quantity orders or requests for first articles. If you need a greater quantity than the system currently allows or have any sort of special request, please reach out to a sales representative! They will help you obtain the most accurate quote possible and may even be able to help you get price breaks.

If you are familiar with 3D printing and know what you’re ordering, run it through the QuickQuote® system! But don’t hesitate to reach out to our sales team with questions.

A “manual quote” is necessary for certain manufacturing processes or when a project is more complex. To get this type of quote, the customer will need to provide more information about their project, which will be used to generate a quote.

It’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for to help keep the quoting process efficient. What are the goals for this part and its end use? We can help you determine how to best achieve your project’s goals.

For example, if the product must be heated, the sales manager should be aware of this so we can quote high-temperature materials and production methods that are best for them. We provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for materials to show the specifications for each.

The end use of the part should be considered before anything else. What type of finish is necessary? If it’s a showpiece, then clearly a high-quality visual finish would be required. However, if the part is only used for testing and no one will see it, maybe the finish isn’t as significant.

Talk to Our Experts to Optimize Your Print Before Production

At Quickparts, we always strive to give our customers the best possible service. After you have decided on your part’s design, the next step is to talk to us. Tell us what you want to do with the part and how you need it to look. We can tell you what we can do to help you achieve that.

That’s why we ask you to share as much information as possible with us at the beginning of your order. This way, we can provide a more accurate quote and ensure the final product meets your expectations. We understand that it can be difficult to make decisions like this about your project, but we strive to provide as much information and support as possible to help you make the best choice for your needs.

When discussing your project with us, there are a few key points that will be helpful to cover. These include the intended use for the part, how many you need, and what sort of environment it will be subjected to. For example, if the part is for show rather than testing, we can recommend different materials that may better suit your needs.

Additionally, if you need a part that is heat- or chemical-resistant, we can offer ideas for appropriate materials. If you need a part that is more flexible, we can suggest a different material or process. By covering all the bases from the start, we can more easily provide you with the ideal solution for your project. The possibilities are endless.

Production Phase

Once the design is finalized and you have approved the quote, we will begin production. We have a wide range of machines and processes that we use to create parts, so we will select the ones that best suit your needs.

We always aim to produce high-quality parts, no matter what the circumstances are. That’s why we never cut corners or take shortcuts. We know that the success of your project depends on the quality of our work, so we always strive to do our best.

If you have any questions or concerns during production, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to provide updates and answer any questions you might have.

First Article

A first article is the first print for a prototype or part you wish to have manufactured with a quantity of more than one. Typically, customers ask for a first article when they are unsure about the manufacturability of the design or the chosen material’s characteristics. By requesting the first article, you give us permission to manufacture one prototype before moving forward with the rest of your order. This can be helpful in ensuring that the final product meets your expectations for quality and performance. If the first article does not meet your needs, you can work with us to make adjustments to the design or materials before production begins. Ultimately, a first article can help ensure your manufactured product meets your standards and your project’s needs.

We understand that it can be difficult to commit to ordering a large quantity of material without being sure of the quality or specifications. That’s why we offer our customers the option to order a sample before committing to a larger purchase. This way, you can be sure that the material meets your needs before making a larger investment. We want you to be confident in your purchase, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you make the best decision for your project.

Quantity Considerations

Keep in mind that there may be quantity limitations when ordering online. The online ordering tool will allow you to select the number of items you wish to order, but there is a limit to how many of each item you can order.

When you’re trying to order a large quantity, the last thing you want is order limits. That’s why we offer quantities beyond 99. All you need to do is speak to a sales representative. We’ll give you a manual quote so that you can get your printing done quickly and easily.

If you are considering using our printing services for a first article, we may be able to offer you a better price if you print the remainder of your project with us as well. This is because we can often offer discounts for certain quantities. Plus, by having all of your printing done in one place, you can avoid additional time and cost.

Final Thoughts

If you have a 3D file now and want to get started, contact our team or begin your order online today! We can help you choose the right printer and material for your project, and we’ll walk you through the entire process so you can get the best results possible.

With Quickparts’ experience and expertise, we can manufacture virtually anything you need, whether it’s a prototype or a final product, and regardless of its complexity. So, don’t hesitate to contact us today – we’re here to help you get started on your next project.