Container Prices and Volume Files
Container Production Times
Standard Service : 4 to 7 Business DaysExpress Service: 2 to 3 Business DaysColours: Plus 1 WeekAll Prices are Subject to VAT
How to use our Nylon Containers
Click on one of our 12 containers in the buttons below to download an .stl of the set volume.*
Import this file into your CAD software to use as a reference, and fit in all your parts.
Make sure the parts do not protrude outside of this volume and that you leave a 1mm clearance between each part. You can stack the parts both vertically and horizontally within the volume of the container (watch the container packing video below to see how this is done).
When the packing is complete, save all parts as a single .stl file (including the reference box) and send your file to us for 3D Printing.
*If you have trouble downloading or using our container files, you can draw container volumes within your own software by following the dimensions given in the diagrams.
After we have received, fixed and prepared your file ready for printing, we position your collection of parts within our own specifically designed digital basket. Then, when the container is printed, all your objects are produced inside the basket with your name and job number embossed on the front.
We remove as much powder as possible without opening the basket, so there may be some powder left on the parts for you to remove when you receive and open your container.
Please Note: The openings in our container baskets are 5mm x 5mm, so objects smaller than or around these dimensions can be lost during the powder removal process. We try to spot these when we check your file, however you do send these types of small objects inside containers at your own risk. If you are concerned, you can place them inside your own custom baskets with smaller openings to keep the small parts contained.
This is how to pack your container:
If you are unable to arrange your objects within a container, we can do this for you for an additional £30+VAT.
For single or parts that are larger than our container sizes, please see our Individual Nylon SLS.
Tips & Advice
Try to pack your parts as flat as possible, this should help your parts to fit inside the smallest container to keep the price down.
Consider the orientation of each part, there will always be a visible build grain from top to bottom.
Further post processing may be required if your container is densely packed. This is because we can only remove the powder from outside the container. Powder can be removed afterwards using a brush, running water and even a dishwasher.
Cylindrical parts are more accurate if they are printed upright. The slices being sintered in circular section.
If you are printing hollow parts, remember there will be trapped powder inside. To prevent this try designing a plug or an access hole.
If you are printing a long hollow tube for example, it could prove difficult to remove all of the powder from the inside. If this may be a concern please let us know as we have a number of techniques that could prevent this.
For higher accuracy of parts that join together, try to ensure both joints are positioned in the same orientation.
The underside of the part will always be a little smoother, you may wish to use this to your advantage whilst orientating you parts.
Include the bounding box within your file and clearly label the size container you require. This will help us overcome any scaling issues.
All files are checked by skilled members of our team with professional file fixing software.
We shall fix minor errors for free, but for files that require a significant amount of repair or additional CAD work, there will be an added charge from which we will make apparent in our quote.
You may be able to avoid additional charges by following the advice in our CAD File Guide.