We use our 3D printers to prototype parts for Marginally Clever Robots, but we’re not always using them. Due to popular demand, we’ve doubled our capacity and now offer to do custom 3D printing jobs.
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!
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.
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.
I have a model I’d like to copy. Can you scan it and then print it?
Yes. We can measure it and build a new digital model, using a scanner, or we can make a resin cast of your part. Sometimes casting is cheaper than 3D printing!
Though Marginally Clever believes in open source design, we also respect copyright laws. We reserve the right to refuse a project if we are concerned about copyright infringement.
I don’t have an STL file, but I have an other digital format.
Every major design program today can save an STL file. Please try the “Save as…” or “Export” options in your software.
I don’t have a digital version of my design.
Marginally Clever does not specialize in design services, but we would be happy refer one of several great designers who can help you realize your projects. If you would like a referral, please include this in your quote form to us and we’ll connect you.
I need help to define my project.
Consultation regarding your 3D printing project is available at $125/hour. For any other general inquiries, please contact us. We are here to help.