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Phil Hall06 Jul 2018 3:14 p.m. PST

So how much does it cost to print 28mm figure? Or a large building?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2018 3:24 p.m. PST

It all depends on the type of material you use, most 3d printers will do PLA, ABS or PETG. That is assuming you are using an FDM machine. SLA printers use a completely different type of material and their detail is superior but costs for materials are much higher.

UshCha07 Jul 2018 1:14 a.m. PST

For an FDM using PLA a large building may cost around 7 GBP (I have just printed a 1/32 scale slot car pit 300mm by 200 by 100 for about 6 GBP). Perfectly adequate as far as I am concerned.

21eRegt07 Jul 2018 6:33 a.m. PST

Actual for what you get is negligible, but your/my time and wear and tear on the machine needs to be factored in. Many slicers will estimate cost in filament for you.

SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

I once calculated I could get a mix of 3 28mm houses suitable for WWII gaming (say, Normandy style, some multi-story) and some garden walls for one spool of PLA. Or 4 28mm houses of an Arabic nature (one story, with steps leading to the roof) and some walls, again, for 1 spool of PLA.

Figure 1 spool average price is $20 USD and that turned out to be $5 USD-6 per building.

I then added in $1 USD per building for "wear" on my 3D printer. Figure if it lasts for 250 builds then I have covered the cost. If it wears out sooner, I would need to adjust. If it lasts longer, then perhaps only .50 cents per building (or building-sised worth of prints).

I then figure that to buy a 28mm plastic building in a kit form would probably run me $15 USD-20.

So my bottom line was, I am getting more variety for about one-third of the cost. And that accounts for the cost of the printer.

Munster07 Jul 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

Someone did a cost calculator, and from memory with a $500 USD machine, that went for ~12 hours a week, and lasted 5 years the true cost was roughly double the cost of filament used.

So an item that used $5 USD of filament would cost about $10 USD overall

Edit found it link

UshCha09 Jul 2018 3:38 a.m. PST

My printer cost 2000 GBP it has done about 2000hrs and I have spent about 100 GBP on spares, in particular base plates which last a bit less than a year with heavy use. Its still going strong but at that its about 1 GBP per hour and falling. New printers are cheaper so all ways cost are falling. With buildings twice filament cost would be of the correct order. A three hour print uses about 1.5 gbp of filament.

1/144 tanks use about 0.2 GPB of filament but take 1 1/2 hrs to print (lower print speed and thin layers). Much more than twice filament cost for printer cost.

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