Marginally Clever Services

3D Printing

Marginally Clever currently uses two Prusa 3D printers with a print volume of 180mm x 180mm x 65mm. Each layer printed by our Prusas is 0.2mm high. The nozzle hole is 0.35mm in diameter.

Marginally Clever 3D prints exclusively in ABS plastic, the same material as LEGO. We can print your item in white, purple, blue, red, green, orange, or black.

How does 3D printing work?

Almost anything can be 3D printed with the right design. 3D printers work by laying down material one layer at a time. Imagine building a miniature house made from tiny bricks. Layering from the foundation up, you can make your miniature in any shape. You can even print an archway if it curves gently enough.

Shapes with overhangs (a ceiling with nothing to hold it up) can’t be 3D printed. To work around this, a shape can be printed on its side or thin columns can be added to support the floating shape. Support structures then need to be manually removed and cleaned off after the print is finished.

We have successfully printed gears that mesh, all kinds of robot parts, figurines, and even a 3D jigsaw puzzle. There are limitless functional and artistic uses for 3D prints.

Pricing

Unlike our competitors, there is NO SETUP FEE and NO MINIMUMS to access our services. Our pricing is a flat fee of $1.50/minute, including the cost of the ABS plastic.

How to Order

To quote your 3D printing project, we need an STL file from you. All major design software that we’re aware of now come with an “Export” or “Save As…” option to create an STL file. Upload your STL file to your DropBox account and copy the file link into the form below.

Please include maximum dimensions in your project description. Not all STL files are the same. If we have all the correct information, we will provide you with a quote within 1 business day.

FAQs

How large can I order a 3D print?

We have two Prusas with a print volume of 180mm x 180mm x 65mm.

Submit your files here.

What 3D printing materials are used?

We print exclusively in ABS, the same material as LEGO. We have white, purple, blue, red, green, orange, and black.

How detailed are the prints?

Each layer printed by our Prusas is 0.2mm high. The nozzle hole is 0.35mm in diameter. We have successfully printed gears that mesh, any number of parts for robots, and even a 3D jigsaw puzzle.

Are there shapes that can’t be 3D printed?

The machine prints one layer at a time. Imagine it’s a miniature house made from tiny bricks. You can print an archway if it curves gently enough. We can’t print overhangs – a ceiling with nothing to hold it up. We can sometimes turn a shape on it’s side to work around this problem. We can also add support columns that have to be cleaned off after the print is finished.

How much does 3D printing cost?

Marginally Clever Robots charges by time, at $1/minute. At this time there is no setup fee.

I have an STL file. How much will it cost?

Excellent! You are well organized. Upload the file to send us the file. From there we can

  1. confirm that we can open the file right to do the job and
  2. ask the laser cutter how long the job will take, which gives us the price.

To save time, please include maximum dimensions in your email. Not all STL files are the same.

How do I create an STL file?

All major design software that we’re aware of now come with an “Export” or “Save As…” option to create an STL file.

I have a model I’d like to copy. Can you scan it and then 3D print it?

We would love to get a scanner and make that happen. We can measure it and build a new digital model. In some cases, we can make a resin cast of your part. Sometimes casting is cheaper than 3D Printing!

Please be aware that we may say no to copying your part if we are worried about copyright issues.

What if I don’t have a digital or physical version of my design?

Marginally Clever Robots does not specialize in design services at this time. We can recommend several great designers who can help you realize your projects.

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