Leading prototyping experts, Malcolm Nicholls Limited have launched a cutting-edge online instant quote and ordering tool.
Aimed at regular 3D printing users, the tool provides users with instant pricing with no need for human intervention.
Accessed via mnl.co.uk, components ordered through the online tool are offered at 15% lower than prices quoted through the company’s office-based quotation service.
The tool allows designers, product developers and engineers to upload a CAD or STL file and then select the size, material and resolution of their product in order to receive an instant quote for a prototype being made.
CAD Files accepted by the tool include ACIS (*.sat), Inventor (*.ipt), CATIA V4 & V5 (*.model & *.catpart), Creo (*.prt), IGES, OBJ, Parasolid (*.x_t), Pro/Engineer (*.prt), Rhino (*.3dm), Siemens NX (*.prt), Solid Edge (*.par), SolidWorks (*.sldprt), STEP, STL
An easy to use service, SLA – Super Smooth, SLA – Standard technologies, SLS and FDM can all be selected using the tool.
If selecting SLA, the ABS equivalent clear resin from market leader DSM Somos, Watershed 11122XC will be used to produce strong, clear and accurate SLA parts.
Whilst if selecting SLS, the smoothest nylon material available, Exceltec’s Innov’PA 1550XS will be used to produce near injection moulded quality nylon parts.
Customers can also choose the layer thickness of their product, the resolution and additional services including bead blasting and detailed finish.
To cater for all budgets and more urgent projects, the tool allows users to choose a manufacturing timeline to suit their budget. The options to choose from are:
Premium Route – this option dedicates one or more machines to the project in order to achieve the fastest turnaround, this makes it the highest cost option.
Budget Route – this option maximises the machines’ capacity across multiple customers, offering the slowest turnaround but at the lowest cost.
Standard Route – a blend of the other two options, builds are organised so that several jobs are built at once with a good balance of efficiency and speed.
Once the user is happy with the options selected and the price quoted, their order can then be placed and paid for with a choice of payment options including credit/debit card or bank transfer. Whilst by request, existing credit customers can order using their credit account.
Discussing the tool, Ross Nicholls, Technical Director at Malcolm Nicholls Limited, commented “I am delighted with the new online quote and ordering tool. The service, which is aimed at regular 3D printing users who simply want to upload and print parts, is a fantastic addition to our company. It compliments the consultative approach to providing prototypes matches to exacting requirements provided by the office-based staff.”
About Malcolm Nicholls Limited
Based in Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Malcolm Nicholls Limited is a family run business spanning two generations. Since 1971, the company has been producing quality prototypes, making them one of the oldest prototyping suppliers in the UK. The company started to invest in professional 3D printing machines in 1996 and have printed thousands of parts since.
MNL’s most recent 3D print machine is the RPS NEO800 SLA printer. With a 800 x 800 x 600mm build envelope, it is not only huge but produces excellent quality components in fast build speeds.
MNL’s reputation for excellence is based upon a blend of high-tech 3D printing machines and materials and high quality traditional craftsmanship.
The company’s 3D print technicians have amassed vast knowledge in build orientations for every conceivable component geometry to ensure that they can build the best part for the requirements. Whether a customer requires SLS parts for strength or SLA parts for surface quality, the 3D print technicians will orientate the component to achieve the best possible print.