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SteadyEddie
(@steadyeddie)
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labour cost query in Prusa 3d Printing Price Calculator

Hi All,

I am using the Prusa Printing Price Calculator to get a feel for the cost of printing. However, my mind goes blank when I see Labor cost/hour and postprocessing cost/hour.

I do most of my design with Blender and as a newbie takes me many hours to complete a complex model.

Any idea how I would go about finding reasonable rates that I could use?

Thanks!

Best Answer by Diem:

Design is not really part of the printing process; design frequently requires careful consideration of the manufacturing process and printing has it's own particular constraints but there's no need for the designer to be involved in the actual printing, it's a different job...

* I have designed a bespoke part and emailed the files to the end user to be printed on the spot.

* I have designed a bespoke part and printed a plastic dummy to check fit before sending the file to be printed in steel.

* Many of us print parts downloaded from the net, or from files provided; often they are a straight print with no more design work required.

So @dan-rogers is right, design costs are up front, *they are a different job*

Some of the best printable designs represent months of work, multiple iterations of the product, tested, reworked, tested and refined over and over until finally it can be handed over to a printing service.

The printing service can produce one copy each for a thousand customers.

Different jobs.

Cheerio,

Posted : 23/10/2021 8:16 am
Dan Rogers
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I don't think the design costs are factored into the price calculator

I believe the context for that calculator is what to charge per hour for your time for running the printer to make a print.  Design costs are up front and generally a factor of product price moreso than product cost ...

 

Posted : 23/10/2021 9:53 am
Diem
 Diem
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Design is not really part of the printing process; design frequently requires careful consideration of the manufacturing process and printing has it's own particular constraints but there's no need for the designer to be involved in the actual printing, it's a different job...

* I have designed a bespoke part and emailed the files to the end user to be printed on the spot.

* I have designed a bespoke part and printed a plastic dummy to check fit before sending the file to be printed in steel.

* Many of us print parts downloaded from the net, or from files provided; often they are a straight print with no more design work required.

So @dan-rogers is right, design costs are up front, *they are a different job*

Some of the best printable designs represent months of work, multiple iterations of the product, tested, reworked, tested and refined over and over until finally it can be handed over to a printing service.

The printing service can produce one copy each for a thousand customers.

Different jobs.

Cheerio,

Posted : 23/10/2021 11:59 am
SteadyEddie
(@steadyeddie)
Active Member
Topic starter answered:
labour cost query in Prusa 3d Printing Price Calculator

Thanks for the explanation guys!

Posted : 24/10/2021 8:52 am
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