A technology and energy business background and an engineering mind with a creative/artistic bent, what more can you need? At E3, we can take your file as is, modify and/or fix it, or design your idea from scratch.
If you need an NDA for your "secret" stuff, no problem. We have lots of experience with new product development and introduction. We know the ropes and can help you if you need guidance.
If you use marketing models, plastic is a lot lighter than metal to carry on those sales calls and to trade shows. Contact us.
If you need a few parts made for some project and they are ready to go, send them to us to take a look.
We help private individuals, businesses, architects, doctors, lawyers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
We would be glad to collaborate with you.
We bring to the table internal capabilities in FDM (plastic extrusion) technologies and UV resin technologies. We supplement our internal printing capabilities with external resources such as SLA, Metal, Flexible Materials, and Ceramics.
E3 will find a way to complete your project.
E3 can provide small part and large object/human 3D scanning capabilities.
In-house we can print in ABS, PLA, Nylon, and light cured resins. Externally, we can get your project completed in a variety of plastics, metals, and glazed ceramic.
If a file is ready to print, great. That will save time and cost. Many files we have seen need some file repair and setup time. Due to this, we may have to quote a one time "setup" fee. If you have multiple copies of one part printed, there will only be one set up fee.
Printing cost is based on materials, processes, and timing. We do charge a minimum fee for a job that depending on the machine and materials can start at $25 for a print if it is "plug and play". Larger models and specialty materials can increase this cost to hundreds of dollars or more. Our pricing is based on a number of factors. If you have a specific budget/target, let us know what it is and we will offer options that can meet that budget.
ABOUT PART VOLUME:
A lot of sites quote jobs based on part volume. Part volume can be a little confusing. It is calculated by software. It is the volume of the part not what it would hold if you plugged the holes and filled it with water. For example, a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cube is 1000 cm3. The same size box with no top and a 1/2 cm wall thickness is only about 97.5 CM3. They would cost significantly different amounts due to material and build time differences.
If you want to have E3 print/quote you something, email the file to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a link, tell us what you can about it and ask for a quote. If it is something that needs a lot of design work or fixing, or you have multiple files but low quantities we need to know your budget so we don't waste each other's time. Don't worry, we won't raise our price to your budget but we may try to lower it to get to your budget. If you are going to resell your items and need to be able to hit a cost target, let us know and we will try to work with you especially if there is the chance of ongoing business
We can take a sketch, model, photos, or an idea and start from there or if you already have something designed on a computer we can import your design and use it as a base to work from. If you find something online, we can often take it and make the modifications you need.
We only take jobs that we feel we can add value to and are within our capabilities. No, we won't personally sculpt your next action figure from scratch, that's not our area of expertise. We are digital engineers more than digital artists. However, we can access digital artists to complement our digital engineering.
Our billing can be retainer, project, or hour based depending on your needs. Our clients have found that while we may charge more per hour than some others, our abilities combined with our technical background and years of experience often result in better output for less real $ cost and opportunity cost overall. When you count the cost of your time having to answer many questions or make many corrections to a design because the designer is technically competent on the design tool but has no industry or technical knowledge the savings really add up.
We hope all this convinces you to give us a shot, we would be glad to work with you, and will do our utmost to delight you.
Thanks for your time and consideration, if you would like to speak with us about your needs, please complete the contact form.
Founder and President
E3 Digital Fab, LLC
Houston, Texas, USA