Dive into our general FAQs to understand the core aspects of 3D printing, from the basic processes and materials to the security of your designs and printing options available. Get the answers you need to start your 3D journey.

General FAQ

  • What is 3D printing?

    3D printing is a process of creating three-dimensional objects from a digital file. It works by building the object layer by layer, using a variety of materials such as plastic, metal, or even food! Unfortunately, we don’t offer any culinary printing here…

  • What services do you offer?

    We offer both 3D design and 3D printing services. Our 3D design service helps you create custom designs or modify existing designs to suit your needs. Our 3D printing service allows you to bring your ideas to life by transforming your digital designs into physical objects.

  • How does the 3D printing process work?

    The 3D printing process starts with a digital design file, which is then sliced into thin layers. The printer then builds the object layer by layer, using a filament or resin material. The layers are fused together to create a solid object. The process can vary depending on the type of printer and material used.

  • What materials can be used for 3D printing?

    There is a wide range of materials that can be used for 3D printing, including plastics, metals, and ceramics The choice of material depends on the specific requirements of the object being printed. At SHAP3D we offer plastic 3D printing by either melting thermoplastics or curing photopolymer materials.

  • What are the benefits of 3D printing?

    3D printing offers numerous benefits, including the ability to create complex and custom designs, rapid prototyping, cost-effectiveness for small production runs, and reduced waste compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

  • What is the difference between FDM and SLA printing?

    FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) uses a filament to build the object layer by layer. It’s generally more cost-effective but may have visible layer lines. SLA (Stereolithography) uses a resin that is cured by a laser, offering higher resolution and smoother finish but is generally more expensive.

  • How durable are the printed objects?

    The durability depends on the material used and the design of the object. Some materials are more suited for functional parts, while others are better for prototypes or decorative items. Refer to our 3D Printing Guide for more information on material applications.

  • What is the largest size you can print?

    The maximum print size depends on the type of printer being used. For FDM, our maximum build volume is XYZ:300mm x 300mm x 300mm, and for SLA it is XYZ: 145mm x 145mm x 185mm. We are currently in the process of expanding the size of parts we can offer and incorporating new 3d printing technologies to offer a more diverse service.

  • Can I print in multiple colours?

    Yes, we offer multi-colour printing options. Please specify your colour preferences when placing your order, configure an OBJ or reach out to us to set up your print. info@shap3d.xyz

  • Is my design secure?

    Yes, your designs are secure with us. We have robust security measures in place to protect your intellectual property. In addition, we have incorporated a non-disclosure agreement into our Terms of Service to protect you from the moment a file is uploaded.

  • What if I don't have a design file?

    No problem! Our certified design for manufacturing service can help you create or modify designs to fit your needs. Email us at info@shap3d.xyz to discuss your project.