With our experience and knowledge of 3D printing, we are able to provide 3D printing services with quick turnaround, affordable prices and advice on the most appropriate 3D printing technology for your application.

What is 3D Printing?

3D Printing is a process that can produce physical objects direct from 3-dimensional CAD data. The process works by ‘slicing’ the data geometry into many 2-dimensional cross sectional layers, and re-constructing them successively upward within the printer. When the part completed construction, it is removed from the printer and post processed to produce the finished part.

How much does it cost to print a 3D model?

We charge for 3D printed models based on a formula that takes into consideration build time, setup and labour time.

For data that contains errors there may be an additional charge for the time required to repair the file for printing.

The best way to receive an official quotation is to send us a STL (Stereolithography) file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can identify your requirements and check the suitability of the parts for 3D printing.

  • What materials are available?

    We mainly operate fused filament fabrication machines (FFF) from MakerBot industries. These machines use a PLA or ABS plastic to produce high quality, robust plastic parts in a range of colours.




    • Aesthetic models with fine features and crisp detail.
    • Mechanical models and moving parts
    • Test components for low force applications
    • Can be used in casting
    • Mechanical models and moving parts
    • Test components
    • Applications for use in temperatures between 60 0C and 100 0C

    Minimum Layer height (Resolution)



    Maximum build size (x,y,z)

    280 x 150 x 150mm

    240 x 150 x 150mm


    Bio-plastic (Corn Starch)

    Petroleum Based

    Glass Temperature

    60 - 65 0C

    105 0C

    Melting Temperature

    150 - 160 0C

    Amorphous, no ‘true’ melting point.

    Colours available

    • Natural (translucent), White, Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Light Grey, Orange, Light Green.
    • Other colours available on request may incur additional charges
    • Natural (creamy white), White, Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Green.
    • Other colours available on request may incur additional charges
  • Pricing

    For an accurate price please contact us to discuss your printing requirements.

  • What can I print?

    You can print almost any 3D object using 3D printing technology, but some techniques are more suited to some shapes than others. Not all parts are suitable for printing. If you are unsure, send us an stl file and we will be happy to asses it for you. There are some important things to take into consideration when 3D printing:

    • What is the end use of the prototype?
    • Does it need specific material properties/characteristics?
    • Does the part(s) need support structures for overhanging surfaces?
    • What orientation is required for the part you’re building?

    What services does Thinglab provide?

    We can provide prototyping services in a range of materials and 3D printing technologies as well as 3D printing consultancy to determine the best technology and materials for your application.

    If you need a prototype not suited to FFF in PLA or ABS let us know and we can help with other 3D print technologies such as SLS, SLA, PolyJet and CJP.

    How big can I print a part?

    Depending on the material required we can provide printed prototypes up to a size of 280 x 150 x 150mm (in PLA) or 240x 150 x 150mm (in ABS).

    *Multiple parts can be bonded together post production, but this is not a service we currently provide.

    How long does it take?

    3D printing is one of the fastest ways to prototype physical objects, but it is not instant. Builds can take up to 48 hours build time, plus additional time for pre and post processing. Specifying your deadline is one of the best ways for us to prioritise your work and ensure delivery for a time suited to you.

    What do I need to 3D print a part?

    As we have mentioned, you need a CAD model of your part and this will need to be saved as a *.stl file, which is the standard file format for 3D printing.

    To receive a quotation for a 3D printed model please attach a .stl file within an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To receive an accurate quotation, it is crucial for us to know the dimensions/scale of the desired model, working units, the process and material you require. Please also state your deadline.

    If you have any further questions please call +61 03 9687 8638.