Hello fellow Hubs,
Last week we updated our Hub pricing system, making it a lot more advanced. We’ve already got tons of questions over the weekend so time to do a quick run through.
Let me start by putting out a statement; your Hub price has NOT changed. The update allows you to do more advanced price setting but we didn’t make any changes to the price with the update itself. Ok, here we go!
First, have a look at your printer overview on “My Hub” or directly https://www.3dhubs.com/my-dashboard/hub/printers. Here you can check which of your printers are currently online, toggle on/off, or add printers. For this example, let’s look at my Ultimaker 2
Expanding the Ultimaker view gives the following result.
Here I can set:
Completion time - this will be shown in the search result for customers and can be used as filter when customers have a deadline
Materials - Add, remove, or edit materials for my printer. All of the discussed advanced pricing options apply on materials. So different materials can have different pricing options. For this example, I’ll take ABS.
Expanding the ABS view gives:
This is where the advanced features kick in. For the current view I haven’t made any changes just yet, so default is shown.
Let’s go through it top to bottom:
Colors - You can set any color, or even come up with names. Just bare in mind that these are the colors the customer sees and will use as filter when searching for a Hub. Therefore I would recommend using basic color descriptions (yellow, green, white) instead of “sunlight flare” for example
Bulk Pricing Reduction - You can set a fixed discount for prices above a certain treshhold. For example, checkboxing this feature allows me to set a 15% discount on orders above “$25”. This means the every $1 above $25 will be discounted to $0.85, making me more competitive for bigger orders. The first $25 will be fully charged in this example.
Minimum Order Value - If a customer places an order below your Minimum Order Value, the price shown will automatically increase to match this minimum value. You will not receive orders below this price point.
Moving on to Layer heights. You can set multiple layer heights per material, pricing them each individually. Key here is to set the right expectations, don’t set a resolution which you cannot deliver. The coolest thing to focus on here though is the New Pricing Detail setting. We’ve added quite a few options, which , depending on your kind of printer are vital for accurate pricing.
Fixed pricing details:
First print - The costs of your first print. Same as startup cost. Theoretical example, if a customer would place an order of 1 print with no volume or surface area whatsoever, the first print price would be the final price.
Subsequent Prints - The added cost for each subsequent print. For example, a customer would like to print 8 parts in total (it doesn’t matter if they’re the same or not). The calculation for the “base price” would then be: First print value + 7x Subsequent prints value. Of course, on top of this base price we must add any of the other pricing details mentioned below.
Pricing details based on geometry:
Sliced volume - The material volume used for printing, priced per cubic centimeter (cm3 = volume). Depending on the model, the average slicing infill is ±20%. So twenty percent of the object volume is needed in material volume to make the print. With this Pricing detail enabled, the customer will pay for the exact amount of material used in the print.
Object Volume - This is the total volume of the object, before slicing. In other words, the “sliced volume with 100% infill”. Useful for SLA prints for example (e.g. Formlabs) that print 100% infill.
Bounding Box Volume - The volume calculated by basically taking a “cube” of width x height x depth of the part’s dimensions. Imagine capturing the part in the smallest possible box. This feature is especially useful for printers where the bounding box is a leading figure for determining cost. For example, with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), the cost price per prints heavily depends on how many prints you can get printed in one go. Bounding box is a useful feature in this case.
Surface Area - Pricing based on the surface of a print. Useful when pricing for hollowed out prints, if sliced volume becomes inaccurate for the actual cost involved. Some SLS providers use this feature in their pricing.
Ok! That’s all!
Please put any questions in the comments below.