While 3D printing may seem something really futuristic, when you actually realize what is going on with a printer, you can easily see how rudimentary and hold this idea really is. With today's innovators and inventors being able to work together and drive down the costs of this technology, 3D printing will very soon be everywhere.
Everything stems from a 3 dimensional designed object on the computer, whether CAD or in other 3D modeling programs, this 3D object that is to be printed is converted to an STL file. From which that STL file, full of the 3D object, is sent through a program called a 'slicer'. This slicer basically slices the model in layers and generates what is know as GCODE. This GCODE is what tells the printer head where to be and how much material to extrude and where it is going next. Layer by layer the print develops and it certainly is a fun process to watch, sure time consuming, but nonetheless the finished product is something to be excited about.
Us here at Mission 3D define the resolution of our prints by the height of each of the layers on the print. The less the layers of a print (higher layer height), the shorter the print time though lower quality. The more the layers of a print (smaller layer height), the longer the print time though higher quality. An example of this is a print that takes 3 hours to print at .3 mm layers (300 microns) takes about 9 hours to print at .1 mm layers (100 microns). Our pricing is broke down by print resolution which is defined by the following:
Low Resolution - .251 - .4 mm layers (251 - 400 microns)
Medium Resolution - .101 - .25 mm layers (101 - 250 microns)
High Resolution - .075 - .1 mm layers ( 75 - 100 microns)
Ultra High Resolution - < .075 mm layers (75 microns)