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Advanced Print Settings

This Just In: Self-Serve Advanced Print Settings

July 9th, 2018 by

Advanced Print Settings

Introducing Direct Print ‘Advanced Print Settings’

At Voodoo, we understand that the wide range of 3D printing projects we produce comes with an equally wide range of unique functional and aesthetic requirements. With that in mind, we’re excited to introduce the ability to choose advanced print settings for any model ordered through Direct Print.

Effective today, we have three different advanced settings available for our Direct Print users. You can now control the Layer Height (visible surface striations), Infill (density of internal space), and Shells (number of the walls enclosing the geometry) for all standard size models ordered from within the Direct Print order flow.

Keep in mind that tweaking these settings is likely to impact material usage and print speed for any given 3D model, so these models will be priced differently than models processed with our tried and true standard settings.

Note: If you’ve been recording your advanced print settings in the Notes section of your order, you can now specify these from within the Direct Print order flow.  

Try out our new advanced settings now. To discuss your project requirements, call sales at (929) 244-0915.

You can access this powerful new toolkit, click “+Advanced Settings” below your model file.

navigating to advanced settings

Advanced Settings Cheat Sheet

If you’re looking for fast facts, this advanced settings cheat sheet outlines some key principles for choosing the right settings. Read on for additional details.

  • If you’re printing a prototype and surface quality isn’t a priority, you might want to use Coarse (0.3mm) Layer Height ($).
  • If you’re printing a highly detailed model and wanted the surface quality to be as good as possible, you might want to choose Fine (0.1mm) Layer Height ($$$).
  • If the weight of your part doesn’t matter, consider opting for our Standard (10%) Infill ($).
  • If you want your part to be heavy (like a desk weight), you might consider choosing Half (50%) or Super (80%) Infill ($$$).
  • If your model is small or high detail, you might consider improving the surface quality by choosing Thin (1) Shell ($).
  • If your model needs to withstand surface impact, you might consider improving wall strength with Thick (3) Shells ($$$).

What is Layer Height?

Layer Height

Layer Height refers to the height of each layer that’s printed on the build plate, which in aggregate make up your print. Think about it like this: the thinner the Layer Height, the higher the part resolution.

Our standard Layer Height for Direct Print orders is 0.2mm for standard size printing and 0.3mm for Large-Format printing. Right now, advanced settings are available for standard size printing only.

Layer Height Advanced Settings

layer height settings

For standard size prints, users can customize their Layer Height settings in the Direct print order flow. The higher the number, the coarser the print and the more visible the layer lines are. Parts printed at a higher resolution (.1mm Layer Height) tend to be more expensive.

The available options are:

  • Fine (.1mm)
  • Standard (.2mm)
  • Coarse (.3mm)

What is Infill?

Infill Advanced Settings

Infill refers to the density of the internal space within your 3D printed object. All 3D prints have continuous walls that create the outer contour of the shape, and those exterior walls can be filled with varying percentages of support, or Infill. Infill can technically go all the way up to 100%, which would signify a completely solid (and costly) object, but we don’t print Infills any higher than 80%.

Our standard Infill in Direct Print orders is 10% for standard size printing and 10% for Large-Format printing. Right now, advanced settings are available for standard size printing only.

Infill Advanced Settings

Infill Advanced Settings

For standard size prints, users can customize their Infill settings in our Direct print order flow. The higher the number, the stronger the internal structure of the part. A higher Infill also means longer print time, more material used during the printing process, and a pricier print overall.

The available options are:

  • Standard (10%)
  • Extra (20%)
  • Half (50%)
  • Super (80%)

What are Shells?

Advanced Settings Shells

Shells refer to the wall(s) enclosing the 3D geometry of your object. The more shells you select, the more walls (and thicker the exterior) your object will have.

Our standard Shells setting for Direct Print orders is 2 Shells (0.4mm per shell) for standard size printing and 2 Shells for (0.4mm per shell) for Large-Format printing. Right now, advanced settings are available for standard size printing only.

Shells Advanced Settings

Shells Advanced SettingsFor standard size prints, users can customize their Shells settings in our Direct print order flow. The higher the number, the stronger the outer walls of the object will be. A higher number of Shells also means longer print time, and more material used during the printing process.

The available options are:

  • Thin (1 shell)
  • Standard (2 shells)
  • Thick (3 shells)

Try out our new advanced settings now.

To discuss project requirements, call sales at (929) 244-0915.

Meet Our Newest Engineering Materials: PET-G + Rigid TPU

May 31st, 2018 by

engineering materials characteristics

Today, the team at Voodoo is excited to announce the addition of two new engineering thermoplastics, PET-G and Rigid TPU, to better serve the functional requirements of mechanical projects and end-use products made with Voodoo. This new material capability is the next step in helping our customers bring their biggest ideas to life and grow healthy businesses using 3D printing.

So, what’s special about these new materials? For starters, PET-G’s chemical and temperature resistance make it useful for mechanical parts as well as food and medical applications, and Rigid TPU is suitable for parts with constant wear and impact, including braces, fasteners, washers, and products such as phone cases.

Effective today, customers can access these powerful new materials through our Direct Print service, Volume Print service, and even start integrating them into their ready-to-sell products with Fulfilled By Voodoo. Read on for an in depth look at their characteristics and use cases.

new materials samples

Curious about PET-G and Rigid TPU? We’re sending out these squiggly test prints in every Direct Print order through July 1st.

Get started printing in PET-G and Rigid TPU now

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Free Standard Shipping and Flat-Rate Shipping Options for Direct Print

May 21st, 2018 by

Free + Flat-Rate Shipping Options are Live at Voodoo

So, what are your options? We have free standard shipping for orders over $50 (arrives in 4-6 business days), and a whole range of flat-rate options (Fedex Ground, Fedex 2-Day, and Fedex Priority Overnight).

If your order is over $50, your options will look something like this:

All orders ship from our factory in Brooklyn, NY. You’ll be able to see the exact arrival dates for your order at checkout ― and keep in mind that arrival times also depend on production speed.

If you’re looking for more info, you can find all the details at our Help Center.

And remember, pickup at our factory is always free. Our pickup location is 361 Stagg Street #408, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Come say hey!

Ready to get started? You can head over to our Direct Print page and upload a file or get in touch with our sales team at sales@voodoomfg.com.

Fulfilled by Voodoo

Introducing: Fulfilled by Voodoo

April 5th, 2018 by

Fulfilled by Voodoo

Fulfilled By Voodoo: Plug-n-Play Manufacturing & Fulfillment for Online Product Stores

Ever since we started Voodoo Manufacturing, we’ve been excited to build a service that allows anyone to manufacture products and start businesses. Our goal has always been to empower people to invent, design, and deliver products without the tall barriers that manufacturing typically creates. That’s why today we’re incredibly excited to announce a new service that marks a major step in this direction: Fulfilled by Voodoo.

Fulfilled by Voodoo, or “FBV” for short, is a full-stack manufacturing and fulfillment service that makes it easier than ever to start and scale any business selling 3D printed products online. With FBV, you can link your e-commerce storefronts directly to our factory and outsource the 3D printing, quality control, assembly, packaging, and shipping of your products. Every time you receive an order from a customer it’s automatically routed to our factory, where it’s manufactured on-demand and then drop-shipped directly back to your customer.

Overcoming Modern Manufacturing’s Biggest Obstacles

For anyone who’s ever designed and sold a physical product, they’ve learned how difficult it can be to set up a reliable, scalable, and affordable manufacturing pipeline. For many people this is an insurmountable hurdle that they fail to overcome. At Voodoo, we believe manufacturing isn’t the essence of a product – it’s a means to an end. Just as technology isn’t important for its own sake, but rather because of what it does for you, manufacturing is important because of the product it enables you to make. For how amazing modern manufacturing is, there are still so many examples of people failing to successfully manufacture a product. Or, even worse, people who never even start on their journey to bring a product to market. This happens for many reasons – from high upfront costs, to long lead times, to complicated design-for-manufacturing requirements – but at the core of this lies the fact that manufacturing is still a largely difficult, painful, and treacherous process.

Fulfilled by Voodoo Integrations

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BIG Announcement: Introducing Our Large-Format 3D Printing Service

February 20th, 2018 by

large format 3D printing build volume

Today we’re excited to announce a new capability for our customers: Large-Format 3D Printing. How large are we talking?

You can now print single parts up to 11.8 x 11.8 x 23.8 inches (300 x 300 x 605 millimeters). At launch, we’ll offer large-format parts in PLA with 5-day turnaround for production. Over time, as we scale up the service, we’ll offer faster production speed options.

To give some context, we previously required single-part prints to be smaller than 11 x 6 x 6 inches (285 x 153 x 155 millimeters). This means that Large Format 3D Printing offers nearly 8 times our previous max build volume for a single print.

What does this mean for designers and fabricators of all things even BIGGER?

  • Projects with dimensions in excess of 11.8 x 11.8 x 23.8 inches can now be printed in fewer large parts, rather than many small parts
  • With fewer parts, large scale projects are now easier to assemble after printing
  • Fewer parts means fewer (visible) seams
  • Reducing seams means increased overall part strength and higher visual quality

Now it’s easier than ever to produce parts that might have been impossible to make, or would have required difficult and time consuming assembly. We think the new capability will allow our customers to bring new, bigger ideas and products to market faster, and with higher quality.

large scale 3d printing projects
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A Look Inside the Voodoo Manufacturing Makeover

January 29th, 2018 by

The Need for a Fresh Look

One of our challenges as a company has always been communicating exactly what we do to the wide range of customers we work with. As we’ve grown and added new types of customers, including advertising and event agencies, media companies, and most recently FBV-powered entrepreneurs, we felt a need for a new visual identity to accurately represent our offerings. If you walk into our factory it’s easy to get a sense of who we are, but we knew that our website should stand alone in depicting what we do.

Our Mission

At Voodoo Manufacturing, our mission is to give everyone on earth the power to manufacture. We believe in a future where products are made only when needed, closer to where they’re needed, and are designed specifically for their intended customers. More literally, Voodoo is a 3D printing factory where we can manufacture thousands of plastic parts on-demand for a variety of applications.

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Get $25 in Free 3D Printing with Our New Referral Program

September 28th, 2017 by

free 3D printing credit referral program

We’re excited to announce the Voodoo Manufacturing Referral Program, a new way for you to earn free 3D printing by sharing Voodoo with friends, family, and colleagues. Anyone who signs up using your unique referral link will get $25 in free 3D printing, and you’ll automatically receive $25 in credit when they place their first order. Best of all, there’s no limit on how much free 3D printing you can earn through the program. Continue reading

Summer Sale: 50% Off All Direct Print Orders with 3-Day Production

August 1st, 2017 by

Voodoo Manufacturing Summer Sale 2017

Today we’re kicking off the Voodoo Summer Sale, a massive savings event for anyone using our Direct Print service during the entire month of August. Exactly how massive are we talking? Well, we’re slashing the price on all Direct Print orders in half – that’s right, 50% off your entire order – for customers who choose our newly introduced 3-Day Production option. This means that if you can wait two extra days to receive your parts, you’ll be getting them for half price during the month of August.

Voodoo Manufacturing Summer Sale

Eager to start taking advantage of this new Summer Sale pricing now? We don’t blame you – go ahead and upload a file to get started. Make sure to select ‘3-Day Production’ to apply the discount to your order.

For those of you still scratching your heads and wondering how this epic sale is even possible, read on to learn more about what led to the first-ever Voodoo Summer Sale. Continue reading

How We’re Building a Robotic 3D Printing Factory

March 17th, 2017 by

Manufacturing is one of the most fundamental, yet inaccessible building blocks of modern society. It is how we produce the overwhelming majority of parts and products we use both intentionally, and inadvertently. “Manufacturing”, unlike “making”, can be described as the process of repeatedly producing a physical object at scale. Over the past couple centuries we’ve transformed our methods of manufacturing from the human-first approach used to make textiles during the Industrial Revolution, to the assembly line structure introduced by Henry Ford, to modern just-in-time production invented by Toyota, to today’s imminent robot revolution. Continue reading

New Features: Direct Print Status Tracker and Order History

February 15th, 2017 by

voodoo manufacturing order status

We’re excited to announce the launch of two new features on our website – the Direct Print Status Tracker and Order History.

The Direct Print Status Tracker gives you real-time visibility into the status of your order. Anywhere on the site, you can see whether your order is being prepared, has started printing, or is en route to be delivered. This is a feature we’re especially excited about because it stands testament to the value of digital manufacturing when it comes to quantifying the manufacturing process.

voodoo manufacturing 3d printing order status tracker

We’ve also now launched Order History, which allows you to view all your active and past orders with us. Both these new features should make it easer to stay updated with your order info so you’re never left wondering when it’s going to arrive. To access these features you must create and checkout with an account (not as a guest).

These features have been in the works for a while now, and we’re thrilled that they’re finally ready for you to try out. Let us know if you have any feedback or ideas for new features, we’d love to hear them.