A lot of 3D printers in Egypt are limited to making parts that will fit roughly in a cube 20 cm on a side. On the other hand, rapid prototyping machines provide a build chamber at least 60cm on a side, and some have build chambers approaching 1 m and much larger. Being smaller on the outside means there’s less room to build parts inside of course. A smaller build envelope also means that it’s not possible to make as many parts at the same time, it is not cost effective. That’s lower throughput efficiency than an RP machine, but not usually a concern for the applications 3D printers are intended for.
3D Printing costs way less
The cost difference per part between 3D printing and rapid prototyping systems can be significant in Egypt. Including material, machine depreciation, system maintenance and labor, a part built using rapid prototyping technology in the middle east can cost nearly twice as much compared to 3D printing. Here at Etba3ly 3D we offer cost effective prototyping solutions through 3D Printing technology in Egypt and all the arab world.
3D printers are cheaper and easier to maintain and feed.
You can expect to spend several hundreds to a few thousand per year to maintain a 3D printer and keep it fed with materials, but it costs several tens of thousands of dollars each year to maintain a rapid prototyping system in Egypt. In some cases you will not be able to get the needed parts. Simply replacing a laser in a stereolithography machine can cost 400,000 EGP, and filling a big vat with photopolymer can easily cost more than 1,000,000 EGP.
Less Material choices for 3D Printers in most cases.
Although the list of materials in 3D printing is growing each month, Most 3D printing services don’t provide the same range of materials as Zortrax. Some classes of materials such as ceramics and metals are not available at all. But it’s possible to make adequately functional parts for many applications, and the materials available are certainly appropriate for concept modeling, a frequent use of 3D printers. At the hobbyist level some thermoplastic extrusion machines are actually capable of using a wide range of plastics and material costs are a lot lower.
3D Printers are less complex, and easier to use
Usually 3d printers require much less or even no training at all in contrast to rapid prototyping machines. It’s possible to be making parts pretty much right out of the box with some professional-level technologies. And the simplicity comes at the price of flexibility. Unlike Rapid Prototyping machines in Egypt, you may not be able to adjust or select many build parameters, or change them on the fly. Also, be forewarned that at the low-cost hobbyist level the equipment is not very “Plug & Play” yet. Some of what you save by buying one of these very low cost machines is likely to be offset by the extra time required to get the equipment running reliably and learning to use it.