If you have managed projects, you know that a consistent and repeatable process can lead to success, here is our process.
Scope of Work & Approval
We will examine the customer's 3D design or concept for feasibility and to ensure it aligns with our capabilities. If known, the customer will share the key objectives, deliverables, budget, and deadlines.
The result is a scope of work including printing method(s), materials, final finishes, as well as any other necessary services such as 3D modeling or scanning. The scope of work is then used to determine estimates for production that are aligned with the project budget and timeline.
3D Design & Print Settings Testing
Printable files are a requirement at this stage and depending on the scope of work, the customer will provide them, we will model them, or we will repair existing non-printable files provided. Once the print files are ready, we will begin to dial in print settings to optimize machine performance.
At the completion of this stage, you will have the opportunity to approve any proofs or changes that arise during this stage and to revisit the budget and timeline with us.
Pre-Production & Production
During the pre-production and production stage, many factors are considered in determining the number of machines to allocate to the project. Each machine is verified as a viable fit for the material, print settings, and geometry of the part prior to full allocation to the project.
A quality control plan is implemented to ensure the 3D prints are produced to the agreed upon expectations, and to allow for early implementation of changes if necessary. Machines allocation is increased or decreased to allow us to meet deadlines with certainty.
3D Print Finishing & Fulfillment
If print finishing such as smoothing, painting, dying, assembly, or support removal is included in the scope of work, we will schedule these services to meet fulfillment dates. We maximize print finishing success by putting forethought into prior stages of modeling and print setting testing.
Once the parts are ready for shipping, we offer various cariers such as UPS, FedEx, and USPS, but also courier to Atlanta local locations and also offer pick up service.
During this phase we gather information from you, the customer, that enables us to develop the scope of work for the project. Consultations are common in this stage, via phone calls, video conferences, or in-person meetings. Once a scope of work is approved, we put together an estimate and timeline.
Once the project budget and timeline are approved, we will develop a proof for approval and the necessary files for production.
The amount of work at this stage will vary depending on the usability of the files and assets that you have gathered to start. The more work, the higher the cost of the project in terms of billable modeling hours. You can handle as much of the work that is necessary for your project, however, that introduces a greater risk for added work later in the project that might negate the savings. For instance, without the knowledge of all our equipment sizing and capabilities you might not employ the best strategy for splitting a model into pieces leading to more print hours and a higher print cost.
At the completion of this stage you will have the opportunity to approve any proofs or changes that arise during this stage and to revisit the budget and timeline with us.
The Pre-Production stage of Production is often neglected in the timeline planning, but this stage is critical for success. We have developed best practices for handling this stage quickly and effectively.