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Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Low-Cost Resin 3D Printers

Compare costs and experience of low-cost resin printer and Formlabs Form 3+ SLA printer, revealing stark differences in hidden expenses.

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Workflow
  4. Cost Analysis
  5. Business Cost of Unreliable 3D Printers
  6. Conclusion

1. Executive Summary

Resin 3D printing is a well-established manufacturing method to achieve cost-effective rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, on-demand production, and more. While the base price of low-cost resin printers is only $600-$900 versus USD$2,599* for the Form 3+, our cost analysis shows that for an average business producing six parts per month:

2. Introduction

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a powerful tool to accelerate product development and manufacturing across many industries. However, it can be expensive for businesses to purchase and operate AM equipment. Most professionals are aware of the predictable, visible costs of 3D printers: machines, materials, and services costs. But there are also several hidden costs of operating 3D printers that have a major impact on the total cost of ownership. These hidden costs consist of labor, frustration, uncertainty of results, and missed deadlines that busy professionals don't have time for.

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