New Google Sketchup for 3D printing plugin & the cheapest 3D printing in the world

We”re just right now, this moment released the new version of our 3D printing Google SketchUp plugin for architectural models. As the for the cheapest 3D printing in the world? I”ll qualify and explain that statement below. The process of going from SketchUp model to 3D print can be a complex one. Architects, students and people renovating there homes are using this tool to make it easier for them  to 3D print their architectural designs. We”d love to get feedback from you on what you like (or dislike) about our newest plug in so we can make it better. We think this is the easiest way to take a SketchUp design and get it 3D printed, but we want to improve it even more.

Once you do upload using the plugin you will have access not only to i.materialise”s high quality but also to the least expensive 3D printing in the world. Over the past two decades our company has delivered high value 3D printing services to the business world. With our relentless focus on quality, our considerable investments in our own machines and people we did not expect that i.materialise would be the cheapest out there. Indeed our focus still lies on making sure i.materialise is the easiest service to upload to and investing in staff so we know that every broken model you may send to us gets repaired for you right away. We are therefore happy that for some things we are the cheapest 3D printing service in the world. We should be the cheapest for large models and large orders. And we know Shapeways for example is cheaper for tiny items such as rings. But, with a lot of things it is difficult for people to compare us because everyone uses different pricing models. With regards to these architectural models for example we can however state that (as far as we know) we are the cheapest in the world.

For the architectural models we use Zcorp and you can choose from three different sizes with set prices. The smallest size is 9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch (23 x 15 x 15 cm) in full color for $400 (297 Euro). For that amount you could fill up the entire 23 by 15 by 15 cm volume with your house design. Depending on where you live shipping and VAT (sales tax) may or be added.

On Ponoko the same 3D print would cost you $4140, on Shapeways it would be  $5124. I did check but feel free to see if I did my homework correctly.

The second size is 12.6 x 9 x 8.5 inch (32 x 23 x 18.5 cm). This in full color will cost you  $672 (499 Euro) on i.materialise.  The same model in exactly the same material would be $13481 on Shapeways and $10783 on Ponoko . One important thing to note is that the i.materialise price does not include shipping and the Shapeways price does. But since we don”t have the “hand carried by Naomi Cambell” shipping option, you should be ok. Please also note that with Ponoko Prime the cost is $10756. These enormous differences show you that it probably is a good idea to upload your designs to all three services to see which one is cheapest for you.

The third size is 320 x 230 x 150 mm and this would cost $798 (€ 594) on i.materialise. We tried our best to listen to you on how to improve our plug in and hope that you guys continue to enjoy using it. We also love to see people”s homes come by on the production line so hope even more of you will now use the opportunity to 3D print your dream home.

  • Jean

    Hi Joris,

    I can””t wait to try this new Sketchup plugin. Everything that makes going from 3D design software to a 3D printed model easier gets high marks from me!

    Just a quick note: it looks like you may have misplaced the decimal separator on the inch measurements for your 3 example models.

  • http://i.materialise.com Joris

    Whoops, thank you for that!

    I corrected it. If you have any feedback, be sure to let us know.

    Joris

  • http://www.shadows.fr shadows44

    I think there might still be an issue between second and third size :
    2nd = 32 x 23 x 18.5 cm = 499€
    3rd = 320 x 230 x 150 mm, which is smaller than 2nd, but is more expensive (594€) ?

  • Scott

    Wait- the model is printed 2D and assembled with glue or it”s printed in 3D and comes out fully finished?

  • http://i.materialise.com Franky

    Hi Scott, it”s printed in 3D and comes out fully finished.

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