Sculpteo Batch Control
3D printing marketplace Sculpteo has chosen International CES 2014 as the place to make its latest major announcement.
The company has revealed that its latest feature will take the advanced manufacturing technology into the realm of mass production.
Christened Batch Control, the new feature gives users control to a greater degree over the quality and pricing of multi-unit orders. This will serve to expand Sculpteo's 3D printing service especially for professionals and businesses in need of short-run manufacturing. Sculpteo.com allows users to upload a 3D file, change the size and dimensions of the object directly within the browser, select a printing material, and order their design to be 3D printed and shipped.
Clement Moreau, co-founder of Sculpteo said: "Ordering multiple objects directly on our website turns 3D printing into a real manufacturing solution. By making it cost-effective for people to order higher volumes, Sculpteo is taking 3D printing beyond prototypes and on-demand manufacturing and into mass-production."
Batch Control includes:
- Visualisation of your entire order inside the printer
- Optimised positioning of your models to give you the best price
- Instant per-unit pricing comparison when you change the quantity of prints
- Two levels of print resolution to modify the thickness of the print layers
- Three finishes including glossy varnish, satin polish and double polish
- Ability to control the direction of the print layers within your objects by adjusting the z-axis orientation of your models
- Preview simulation of each layer of your print to ensure everything is correct.
Sculpteo's latest feature allows customers to save up to 35 per cent by ordering multi-unit batches that are optimised for the 3D printing process - which does not necessarily offer the same economies as traditional manufacturing methods.
The unique visualiser shows the entire order inside the printer tray. Objects are automatically arranged to optimise the printing area for the lowest price. The visualiser also illustrates any empty space, enabling the user to fill the extra space without necessarily paying more for the additional objects.
Scultpeo is exhibiting in the TCT + Personalize-sponsored 3D Printing TechZone at CES, while Clement Moreau will be speaking at the Don't Believe the Hype? 3D Printing Uncovered conference track on January 8th.