3D Printing Alternative to Injection Moulding

“70-90% SAVING IN PART COSTS”

HORIBA, UK

No Tooling Costs!

Easy design modifications

Batch production on demand

Are you still using injection moulding for all of your plastic parts?
Save yourself tens of thousands of pounds with additive manufacture.

3DPRINTUK is a UK leader in 3D printed batch production runs. Our in house SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) machines are ideally suited to producing low volume plastic parts, from a few duplicates to many thousands.

The PA2200 Nylon we use is both strong and accurate, as well as affordable, making it a perfect application for your batch production needs.

If you’re considering using 3D printing as an alternative to injection moulding, our comparison tool will be able to help you make the right choice.

With our tool, you are able to input your file dimensions to get a 3D print price estimate, as well as your injection mould tooling and unit costs. This will allow you to see what the price differences would be between the two manufacturing methods for different quantities.

Need a refundable test sample first?

No problem… We understand that you will want to test your part before committing to a production run and may not want to pay our minimum order (£40+vat). Once the full order goes ahead we will happily refund the cost of your sample. T&Cs apply.

Alternatively, if you’d like examples of our material and the finishes we offer, why not order our Sample Packs?

Price Break Discounts

Price breaks can be given in three different ways. They work independently from each other and cannot be combined. Our quoting tool will automatically default to the cheapest one.
Value price breaks – discounts given to the total value of the part
Quantity Price breaks – given to the quantity of the same STL ordered
Minimum part cost – Given to the value of the minimum part cost as the quantity of STL files increases

The Value price breaks are as follows:

£200+

£2000+

Part Value Percentage Discount
£200+ 5%
£2000+ 10%

The Quantity price breaks are as follows:

2+

10+

50+

100+

250+

1000+

Number of units Percentage Discount
1+ 0%
2+ 5%
10+ 10%
50+ 15%
100+ 20%
250+ 25%
1000+ 30%

The Minimum part cost price breaks are as follows:

1+

50+

100+

200+

500+

1000+

2500+

5000+

7500+

10000+

Number of units Economy – Minimum Part Cost Express – Minimum Part Cost
1+ £1.00 £2.00
50+ £0.75 £1.50
100+ £0.60 £1.20
200+ £0.50 £1.00
500+ £0.45 £0.90
1000+ £0.40 £0.80
2500+ £0.35 £0.70
5000+ £0.30 £0.60
7500+ £0.25 £0.50
10000+ £0.20 £0.40

NOTE: These discount options are independent of each other and our quote system will automatically default to the cheapest of the three.

What parts viable for 3D print production?

NOTE: As a general rule small is always better for 3D printed production runs

PART

INJECTION MOULD TOOLING COST

3D PRINT
COST

3D PRINT
VIABILITY (MAX)

NOTE: Small and complicated parts mean expensive tooling cost for injection moulding but not 3D printing

WIRING CLIP
Size(mm)
15 x 30 x15

HIGH
(Over £10,000)
+ cost per unit

LOW
80p per unit
(2 x 40p)

UP TO
20,000 UNITS

NOTE: Why not customise your parts with your company logo?

PCB ENCLOSURE
Size(mm)
40 x 40 x 10

MEDIUM
(£5,000)
+ cost per unit

LOW/MEDIUM
£2.50 per complete unit
(2 parts)

UP TO
2,000 UNITS

NOTE: Larger 3D prints can be expensive but you don’t have to commit to the high quantities associated with injection moulding

LINGO CASE
Size(mm)
100 x 212 x 57

MEDIUM
(Over £6,000)
+ cost per unit

HIGH
£128 per unit

UP TO
100 UNITS

Stay ahead of the game!
Join our clients who have already discovered the benefits of low volume production with 3DPRINTUK

Vanacci Lockstone
Personal fashion tech wear

Omega Engineering
OES work in safety critical industries where quality is an absolute essential.

Bloc Blinds
Award winning manufacturers of high end blind systems

More Information

Free Polishing – At 3DPRINTUK we offer a totally free of charge polishing service. This smooths the outer surface and can produce a near injection mould quality finish.

Carbon Black Dye – Why not add our super slick carbon black finish to your parts.

Fast Lead Times – Due to the lack of tooling, you don’t have to wait weeks or months for the mould tools to be designed – simply place your order and we’ll put it in the queue. Our current record is producing 6,500 parts in 24 hours.

Not based in the UK! No problem, we shipped worldwide and track all orders.