Hey guys, we've decided to start offering some limited 3D printing services for people who are interested in that sort of thing as a side hobby. We have an UP Plus 2 3D printer with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white, and black ABS plastic. We've been using it to print out 3D cases for the Radiant Electronics LPM and various things found online.
Max print size: ~ 4.5" x 4.5" x 4.5"
Pricing will vary by size but we plan to make it very reasonable. PM me for more details.
Please note this is not a professional service, we do not offer design services and require the STL, UP3, or UPP files.
Quick overview on 3D printing:
Plastic is essentially melted and squeezed through a nozzle and the object is drawn in the 3D plane. Because the printer can only print layers at a time the strongest part is when force is applied perpendicular to the piece. The best analogy I've heard so far is that 3D printing is like making things with legos, it's strong when you push down on it but weak on the sides as the pieces pull apart. The final product is NOT printed as a solid piece like injection molding but made of very fine layers that adhere to each other, in the picture below you can see the horizontal layers. 3D Printing is often used in rapid prototyping for proof of concept pieces and it should be noted that the end printed product should only be considered as a toy.
A great place to look for 3D files is at http://www.thingiverse.com/