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News 3D Printing Price Calculator
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Prusa have released a handy calculator to help you calculate the cost of any 3D models you create. This is useful if you offer a print-on-demand service or are just looking to recoup costs from selling any of your 3D printed items. You can even print out a breakdown sheet of the calculated costs for your own records and/or for a customer. You can load a g-code file and it will pre-fill some of the values for you, then you can adjust those values and fill in any other values as required...

https://blog.prusaprinters.org/3d-printi...ator_38905

More details are in the Prusa blog post linked to below...

https://blog.prusaprinters.org/how-to-ca...osts_38650

And the guys who run the Prusa bi-weekly live stream demonstrated its use this week at the 18:30 time mark in the video below...

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(10-16-2020, 10:52 AM)SnowLeopardFPV Wrote: Prusa have released a handy calculator to help you calculate the cost of any 3D models you create. This is useful if you offer a print-on-demand service or are just looking to recoup costs from selling any of your 3D printed items. You can even print out a breakdown sheet of the calculated costs for your own records and/or for a customer. You can load a g-code file and it will pre-fill some of the values for you, then you can adjust those values and fill in any other values as required...

https://blog.prusaprinters.org/3d-printi...ator_38905

More details are in the Prusa blog post linked to below...

https://blog.prusaprinters.org/how-to-ca...osts_38650

And the guys who run the Prusa bi-weekly live stream demonstrated its use this week at the 18:30 time mark in the video below...


That's neat, thanks for sharing.

I have made my own calculator in a spreadsheet that takes into account all of my printing costs, it's very complicated but sorting out my costs into set units made it much easier... Like I calculate filament at a per gram, so when I purchase a roll I enter it into the database with the weight and how much I paid for it. Then when I quote a print I just type in the number of grams, and select the filament from a dropdown and it costs the print including markup for keeping the filament (storing, drying, wastage etc costs).

I then have multipliers for certain print types, for instance for a TPU print I might charge 1.5x because I have a higher failure rate etc. Then I have another part that does machine wear, so I have calculated the things I need to replace after certain hours for preventative maintenance.. So I might get 500 print hours from a nozzle, 2500 from a V slot roller, etc. I calculated all of the costs and the sheet worked it out per minute so when I cost the print that adds on (this one includes power/minute too).

And finally I have consumables, this is another automated calc and accounts for bed cleaning chemicals which is glass cleaner and a small amount of IPA, and then either hairspray or glue stick depending on the material. 

Capturing these helps a lot with your tax deductions, because you can use the database of print jobs to calculate your costs for all of the prints in a year and deduct that... very handy.
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