It wasn’t too long ago when we were gleeful at the possibility of being able to witness a 3D printer in action. Right now, if you’re in Mumbai, you can do a lot more than that if you head over to Time To 3D, Mumbai’s first 3D printing cafe located in Vile Parle West. As a joint venture between Imaginarium (who call themselves India’s largest 3D printing company), and Time Media Company (Part of Time Group, who make Bollywood movies), the aim of this cafe is to make 3D printers accessible to everyone.
It offers walk-in 3D printing services to everyone – from someone who has no clue about 3D printing to someone who is looking for a quick way to get a prototype of their CAD design. Right from the moment you walk in, you will spot quite a few designs that seem unrealistically accurate or intricate. Don’t be fooled – every single one of them has been 3D printed and processed later to look the way they do right now. And you could do the same!
The cafe aims to encourage 3D printing among enthusiasts as well as get newbies started – which explains why it’s located in an area that also includes about 30 colleges. You can get access to a wide variety of 3D printing devices, for a charge, obviously. For instance, the 3D printing pen 3Doodler is available for anyone interested in drawing 3D models in thin air. Printers with greater capacity from OEMs like CubePro are also available.
The services offered are charged on a per-requirement basis. So whether you walk in and get an object scanned for printing, or download a 3D design online and get it printed at the store, or even start from scratch, the rates will differ.
Do keep in mind that the choice of material also matters greatly to the overall cost and success of your project. While plastic is the most common choice, materials like metal, wood, and even chocolate are used in 3D printers these days.
This 3D printing hub also plans to host 3D printing workshops, which will be available as individual as well as packaged offerings. And if you are self(ie) obsessed, you can even get your 3D selfie scanned and printed out. The printing services start at Rs.1500/- whereas the workshops will be priced around Rs.3000/- to Rs.5000/-. Official price listings are not available yet.
The cafe is open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday to Saturday. So if you’re in the area, make sure to check it out!