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3D Printing Service

At 3DChimera, we don't just sell 3D printers, we actually use them everyday! 

We have many 3D printers in-house to tackle any project, large or small right here at our Miami, FL headquarters. For most projects, we can get parts in your hands within just a couple of days!

What does a 3D print look like?

Check out our Instagram page to see parts that we have been 3D printing lately.

FDM/FFF SLS

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What file format can I send?
    • We prefer STL files.  If this is unavailable we can work with OBJ, STEP, IGES and Solidworks files.
    • Do I need a 3D file to 3D print?
      • A 3D file, aka CAD file, is the input file type for a 3D printer.  Without this file, a 3D printer does not have any instructions.  If you do not have a file, our engineers are capable of helping you generate a 3D file for an additional design service fee.
    • Can you print in multiple colors?
      • Unfortunately, no.  All of our printers build parts in a single color, which is the color of the raw material fed into the machine.  If you have a special color need, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
    • What is the largest part you can print?
      • In a single part, our x1000 allows for up to 1 x 0.8 x 0.6 meter.  We can fabricate larger parts by splitting up the design and assembling the pieces after printing.
    • My part is very small - can you print it?
      • Well, that depends on the size.  For highly detailed parts, we recommend our SLS technology.  Our minimum feature size is 0.5mm, but be careful, these parts will be extremely delicate! For more robust parts consider wall thicknesses and details larger than 1mm which print well on any of our printers.
    • Can you print in metal?
      • All of our in-house 3D printers print in plastics.  If you need a metal 3D print, then we are happy to coordinate with one of our partner companies who specialize in that technology to complete your project.
    • Can you print a part in carbon fiber?
      • We have special carbon fiber reinforced nylon that can be printed on our FDM/FFF printers. These parts are super strong, but do not have the same weight savings and surface finish as a laid-up carbon fiber part.
    • How fast can I get my parts?
      • Our standard turnaround time is 3-5 business days from the date of order. We can offer a rush service if we have availability and the design of the part allows for it. Rush service may incur extra fees.
    • I have my own 3D printer.  Can you use my settings and materials to print my parts?
      • No.  All our machines are fine tuned for repeatable, industrial quality parts. This requires us to print parts with consistent settings and materials.
    • How is your pricing calculated?  
      • We are transparent on our pricing model.  We charge an hourly fee for 3D printing, along with a material fee and an admin fee for each part. Our minimum print fee for a custom 3D print is $75.
    • Do you offer bulk pricing discounts?
      • Unlike other manufacturing techniques, costs do not drop dramatically with higher quantities in 3D printing due to the nature of the process.  That said, we offer modest discounts for customers that order parts in large quantities.
    • I need more - do you do product design and engineering?
      • YES!  We are happy to prepare a custom quote for your project.  Our experienced engineering team has all of the tools and expertise to bring your idea to life.  Many of the products designed by our team are patented, award winning, and available for purchase at retail locations around the world.
    • Where are you located?  Can I pickup in person?
      • We are located in beautiful Miami, FL.  We encourage you to stop by the office anytime you are in the area to see the 3D printing magic happen.  If you prefer to pickup your parts in person, please let us know and we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

    Our Printers

    GRR x400
    • Open material 3D printer
    • Great for functional parts 
    • Build Volume: up to 15.4 x 15.7" x 12.2"
    • Materials: PLA, PETG, Carbon Fiber Nylon, Glass Fiber Nylon, TPE, Nylon, TPU
    • Colors: Varies per material - usually black, white, grey or translucent
    • Technology: FDM/FFF
    GRR x500
    • Open material & high temperature 3D printer
    • Perfect for engineering grade materials
    • Build Volume: up to 19.7 x 15.7 x 18.7"
    • Materials: PC, ABS, PLA, PETG, Carbon Fiber Nylon, Glass Fiber Nylon, TPE, Nylon, TPU, PEKK, PEEK, PEI (Ultem 9085), PPSU
    • Colors: Varies per material - usually black, white, grey or translucent
    • Technology: FDM/FFF
    GRR x1000
    • Open material 3D printer for huge parts
    • We mean huge...up to 1m!
    • Build Volume: up to 39.4" x 32" x 23.6"
    • Materials: PLA, PETG, Carbon Fiber Nylon, Glass Fiber Nylon, TPE, Nylon, TPU
    • Colors: Varies per material - usually black, white, grey or translucent
    • Technology: FDM/FFF
    Makerbot METHOD X
    • ABS 3D printer for complex parts
    • Dissolvable support allows for internal channels and overhangs
    • Materials: ABS
    • Technology: FDM/FFF
    Stratasys uPrint SE Plus
    • ABS 3D printer for complex parts
    • Dissolvable support allows for internal channels and overhangs
    • Build Volume: up to 8" x 8" x 6"
    • Materials: ABS
    • Colors: Black, white, grey, natural (ivory)
    • Technology: FDM/FFF
    Sintratec Kit
    • Open Material SLS system
    • Great for highly detailed small parts
    • Materials: PA12 (nylon), TPE (flexible)
    • Colors: Grey or Black
    • Technology: SLS
    Sintratec S2
    • Short run production SLS system
    • Great for highly detailed and strong parts
    • Materials: PA12 (nylon)
    • Colors: Grey or Black
    • Technology: SLS


    Material Options for FDM/FFF:

     Material Characteristics Color Options Finish Options
    PETG
    • Standard print material at 3DC
    • Good balance of stiffness, strength and ease of printing
    • Excellent UV resistance
    • Similar to base plastic in water bottles (PET)
    • Good for very large parts (up to 1m)
    • Black
    • White
    • Grey
    • Translucent
    • Standard (supports removed)
    • Sanded & Primed
    • Painted
    • Waterproof
    • Epoxy Coated
    • Threaded Inserts
    ABS
    • Good mechanical properties
    • Can be smoothed with acetone
    • Good for complex geometry requiring dissolvable support
    • Higher temperature resistance than PETG, but breaks down easily with UV exposure
    • Black
    • White
    • Grey
    • Ivory
    • Standard (supports removed)
    • Sanded & Primed
    • Painted
    • Waterproof
    • Epoxy Coated
    • Acetone Vapor Polish
    • Threaded Inserts
    Carbon Fiber Reinforced Nylon
    • Extremely stiff, strong and tough
    • Good temperature resistance (up to 160C)
    • Matte surface finish is very desirable
    • More expensive than PETG or ABS
    • Dark Grey
    • Standard (supports removed)
    • Sanded & Primed
    • Painted
    • Waterproof
    • Threaded Inserts
    Glass Fiber Reinforced Nylon
    • Similar to Carbon Fiber Reinforced Nylon
    • Better for exposure to UV
    • Black
    • Standard (supports removed)
    • Sanded & Primed
    • Painted
    • Waterproof
    • Threaded Inserts
    TPE / TPU
    • Good for flexible parts
    • Multiple durometers available
    • Ivory
    • Standard (supports removed)
    • Waterproof

      Material Options for SLS:

       Material Characteristics Color Options Finish
      PA12 Nylon
      • Excellent for high surface detail
      • Extremely strong material in tension and compression
      • Good chemical resistance
      • High temperature resistance (up to 130C)
      • Matte surface finish
      • Appropriate for short run production
      • Best for small parts, rather than large parts
      • Grey
      • Black (Dyed)
      • Standard (bulk powder removed)
      • Waterproof
      • Dyed (black)
      • Bead Blasted
      • Polished
      • Ceramic Coating
      • Metal Coating
      • Sanded / Primed
      • Painted
      TPE
      • Excellent for high surface detail
      • Low durometer (approx 40A)
      • Good elastic behavior
      • Lightly textured surface 
      • Grey
      • Standard (bulk powder removed)

      Why 3DChimera?

      • Consultative Approach - you have questions, we have answers based on real world experience
      • Price Match Guarantee - we will meet or beat any competitor's price, simply share a formal quote with us and sit back with a smile knowing you are getting the best for less
      • Unmatched Service - call us 24/7 at 786.701.0700 to find out why

       

      Don't Just Take Our Word For it...

      "I highly recommend 3DChimera for 3D printing service or if you need to purchase a 3D printer. Count on working with a professional and experienced team. They are conveniently located in the heart of South Florida."

      - Antonio, Founder @ Industrial Design Firm

       

      "Our company has worked on multiple projects with the 3DChimera team. We've always come out with success and reaching the end-goals. Whether it's been 3D SOLIDWORKS mods, or 3D prints for prototyping we've had solid results. Not all projects are easy, many have been complex and with challenges; both teams have pushed thru and got it done."

      - Mike, Managing Partner @ Defense Contractor

       


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