MAKING THE FUTURE TODAY

Not Just a 3D Printing Store, its A Village

Welcome to RCV3D – Not Just a 3D Printing Store, It's A Village. Situated at the heart of innovation, our store transcends traditional 3D printing services by fostering a vibrant community of creators, designers, and enthusiasts alike. With "3D printing" at our core, we specialise in bringing your ideas to life, offering state-of-the-art 3D printing services that cater to both individuals and businesses. 

OUR STORY

RCV3D was established in 2021 with a clear mission: to revolutionise the way product developers in Africa source custom mechanical parts. For too long, many in Africa have had to look overseas to source products, facing the challenges of international logistics, high costs, and extended lead times. RCV3D is on a mission to change that narrative. We believe in the potential of local manufacturing and aim to make it the preferred choice for product developers across the continent.

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Why Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) ? ​

Reduce Assembly Time

Don’t waste time putting products together! Rely on 3D printing to make complex geometries that can be printed as one piece—or consolidated in one build.

Fast Turnaround

Working on a project for a customer that has to be just right? Get models back fast, and 3D print new iterations, if needed, for final feedback and production.

Reliable Quality

Proprietary processes, expert 3D printing operators, and inspections are our secrets to delivering exceptional, quality products every time.​

POPULAR WORK

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3D Printing Services Near Me

Discover Cutting-Edge Additive Manufacturing 3D Printing Services Near you

In today’s fast-paced world, where innovation and speed are paramount, additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, stands at the forefront of technological advancement. Whether you’re an engineer, designer, entrepreneur, or hobbyist, finding high-quality 3D printing services near me and you has never been easier.  

3d Printing Consultation

Our team is here to provide expert guidance and support at every stage of your project. From concept to completion, we ensure your satisfaction.

Product Research & development

Our skilled CAD Product designers & Engineers at RCV3D use the latest software Solidworks and Blender to create detailed and precise 3D models for your local projects. 

Reverse Engineering (3D Scanning)

Our cutting-edge technology offers rapid, high-resolution scans for a variety of industries. Streamline your projects, enhance quality, and innovate without limits.

3D printing Rapid Prototyping

Our prototyping services are designed to help Innovators, Designers, Engineers, Hobbiestand developers create a tangible representation of their concepts swiftly and accurately.

3D Printing Mass Manufacturing

Our batch manufacturing services are ideal for (small 200) to (medium 40 000) production runs. We ensure consistency and quality in every batch.

Finishing and Post - Production

We don’t stop at printing; we also provide finishing and post-processing services to enhance the appearance and functionality of your 3D-printed objects.

URETHANE CASTING

Our Urethane Casting Services deliver durable, detailed parts for prototypes and small series production across industries like automotive, consumer goods, and medical devices.  

Vacuum forming

Leverage our Vacuum Forming Services for quick, cost-effective production of lightweight, durable parts. Suitable for a variety of applications, we offer precision and flexibility for both small and large projects. 

3D Printer Machine Repairs

We are your trusted experts in FDM & SLA 3D printing machine repair services. We specialise in diagnosing and repairing FDM printers, including popular brands like Prusa, Creality, Anycubic and select others. 

Unlock the power of the largest 3D printing farm in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.

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Order process
Step 1: Pre-Order
Step 2: Order Processing
Step 3: Production Phase
Step 4: Delivery Phase

Materials Available

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA (Polylactic Acid): Biodegradable, made from renewable resources, easy to print, suitable for prototypes and non-functional items. (Standard Material)

  • Cost: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Affordable and widely available.
  • Ease of Use: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Easy to print with minimal warping.
  • Print Quality: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Good detail and surface finish, though not as high as resin.
  • Durability: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Less durable than ABS or PETG; biodegradable.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Biodegradable under industrial composting.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene).

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene): Durable, strong, heat-resistant, suitable for functional parts. Requires a heated bed due to warping tendencies. (Standard Material)

  • Cost: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Comparable to PLA in cost.
  • Ease of Use: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) - Prone to warping; requires heated bed and enclosure.
  • Print Quality: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Can achieve high quality but challenging to get right.
  • Durability: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Very durable and suitable for functional parts.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) - Not biodegradable; emits fumes when printed.

PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol)

PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol-modified): Good impact resistance, durability, and flexibility. Food-safe options available, less prone to warping than ABS. (Standard Material)

  • Cost: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Slightly more expensive than PLA and ABS, but affordable.
  • Ease of Use: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Easier to print than ABS but can be sticky and prone to stringing.
  • Print Quality: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Offers a clear and glossy finish; good detail.
  • Durability: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Strong, flexible, and impact-resistant.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Recyclable and more environmentally friendly than ABS.

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane)

TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane): Flexible, durable, and resistant to abrasion and impact. Suitable for parts that require bending or flexing. (Standard Material)

  • Cost: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Generally more expensive due to its specialized applications.
  • Ease of Use: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) - Requires fine-tuning of printer settings for flexibility.
  • Print Quality: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Flexible parts might not have the same detail as rigid materials.
  • Durability: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Highly durable, wear-resistant, and flexible.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Not biodegradable but recyclable in some cases.

Nylon (Polyamide)

Nylon (Polyamide): Strong, durable, flexible, and resistant to abrasion. Suitable for functional parts that require toughness. (Engineering Materials)

  • Cost: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Generally affordable but more expensive than basic filaments.
  • Ease of Use: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Can be difficult to print due to moisture absorption.
  • Print Quality: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Produces strong and flexible parts with good detail.
  • Durability: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Excellent durability and abrasion resistance.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Not biodegradable but recyclable.

PC (Polycarbonate)

PC (Polycarbonate): High impact strength, heat resistance, and transparency. Suitable for parts requiring durability and temperature resistance. (Engineering Material)

  • Cost: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) - High cost due to its advanced properties.
  • Ease of Use: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) - Requires high printing temperatures and good bed adhesion.
  • Print Quality: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Offers clear prints with high impact strength.
  • Durability: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Excellent impact strength and heat resistance.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Recyclable but requires specific conditions.

ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate)

ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate): UV, water, and chemical resistant. Suitable for outdoor applications. (Engineering Material)

  • Cost: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Generally affordable but more expensive than basic filaments.
  • Ease of Use: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Can be difficult to print due to moisture absorption.
  • Print Quality: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Produces strong and flexible parts with good detail.
  • Durability: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Excellent durability and abrasion resistance.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Not biodegradable but recyclable.

PP (Polypropylene)

PP (Polypropylene): Resistant to fatigue, most chemicals, and has a low friction surface. Suitable for living hinges and flexible parts. (Engineering Material)

  • Cost: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Reasonable cost but can be higher than basic filaments.
  • Ease of Use: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) - Difficult to print due to its low friction and warping.
  • Print Quality: ★★★☆☆ (3/5) - Good for specific applications requiring flexibility.
  • Durability: ★★★★★ (5/5) - Excellent chemical resistance and fatigue properties.
  • Environmental Friendliness: ★★★★☆ (4/5) - Recyclable and less toxic than other plastics.

Testimonials

Enver Van Boom Enver Van Boom

I'm excited to share about my first successful 3D print, which was challenging but fulfilling. With the help and advice of passionate experts, I was able to achieve a successful result. I was also fortunate to tour their impressive facility.Thank you again for your invaluable assistance!

Allie Semmelink Founder

You won't believe how grateful I am for your assistance! Your advice was absolutely spot-on and resulted in just exactly what I needed! The functional part that I was able to create based on your guidance has been working like a charm and has made such a significant difference in my daily workload.

Butch Rice CEO Brand Repair workshop

It was a pleasure dealing with the team at Red Cup Village. I needed a cog for a garage door replaced, that was no longer available. All I had was the broken original cog. My motor is now happily humming away, with the new cog in it. Great service. I wish them well for the future. They deserve support.

Ashlyn Webber Client

The entire team was incredible. My design was complex & I was picky but they hit the ball out the park. I added a bit of colour for the end results but ultimately, they did all the hard work & it looked fantastic. I'm so so chuffed! Thanks guys!

Craig MILLS Aerospace Engineer

The Team for Red Cup Village are very accommodating and strive to meet your every need. I am very happy with the service and Luvuyo and his team are my 3D printers of choice

Liesl Smit Founder

Very happy with the service and the end result after failing to find replacement shower door 'tracks' and guides on the market. Also very reasonable prices.

General FAQ's

To get an exact quote, you should contact our production team (production@redcupvillage.com) with your project details, including the 3D model file, desired material, infill percentage, and any other specific requirements.

We can provide a precise cost based on these factors and also assist you in choosing the right settings for project and budget. 

Additional costs may include post-processing (like sanding, painting, or assembly) and design services if you need help creating or optimising your 3D model. Always ask for a detailed quote that includes all potential costs.

3D printing services can appear expensive due to several key factors contributing to the overall cost. Understanding these factors can help clarify why 3D printing might have higher costs compared to other manufacturing methods, especially for individual or small-scale projects:

Material Costs: 3D printing materials, especially specialised filaments like flexible, durable, or composite materials, can be costly. The price of raw materials has a direct impact on the final cost of printing.

Machine Depreciation and Maintenance: 3D printers, particularly those that offer high precision and use advanced technologies (such as SLA or SLS), represent a significant investment. The costs associated with maintaining, repairing, and eventually replacing these machines contribute to the service pricing.

Energy Consumption: Some 3D printing processes consume a considerable amount of electricity, especially for long print jobs or when high temperatures are required for certain materials. This ongoing expense is factored into the cost of services.

Time-Intensive Processes: 3D printing, especially for complex or large parts, can be a time-consuming process. The time a machine spends on a single item limits the number of items that can be produced, affecting profitability and necessitating higher charges to make the service viable.

Post-Processing: Many 3D printed parts require additional finishing steps after printing, such as support removal, surface smoothing, or painting. These labor-intensive tasks add to the overall cost.

Expertise and Labor Costs: Operating a 3D printer, preparing models for printing, and finishing printed objects require skilled personnel. The expertise needed to ensure high-quality prints justifies higher labor costs, which are reflected in service fees.

Customisation and Complexity: One of the key advantages of 3D printing is its ability to produce highly customized and complex designs without the need for expensive molds or setups. However, designing and optimizing these unique items can require significant expertise and time, contributing to the cost.

Low Volume Production: While traditional manufacturing methods become cost-effective at high volumes due to economies of scale, 3D printing does not necessarily follow this rule. Its cost-effectiveness for low-volume or one-off productions can result in higher per-item costs compared to mass-produced items.

Despite these costs, 3D printing offers unparalleled flexibility in design and manufacturing, making it a valuable tool for prototypes, custom parts, and low-volume production where traditional manufacturing methods would be prohibitively expensive or impossible. As technology advances and becomes more widespread, costs are likely to decrease, making 3D printing more accessible.

Yes, we offer comprehensive design services. Whether you have a rough sketch, a detailed concept, or just an idea, our team of skilled designers can help bring your vision to life in a 3D printable format.

STL (Stereolithography): One of the oldest and most widely used file formats in 3D printing. STL files represent the surface geometry of a 3D object without any color or texture information. They are used by a broad range of 3D printers and 3D printing services.

OBJ (Object File): Another popular format that, unlike STL, can include color and texture information, making it suitable for more detailed models. OBJ files are commonly used in both 3D printing and graphic design.

AMF (Additive Manufacturing File): An XML-based format that includes more advanced features than STL, such as support for color, materials, and constellations. AMF files are designed to offer a richer set of information for 3D printing but are not as widely supported as STL files.

3MF (3D Manufacturing Format): Developed by the 3MF Consortium, 3MF aims to overcome the limitations of other formats by including comprehensive information such as colors, textures, materials, and printer-specific metadata. It's gaining support across the industry for its ability to handle complex data in a single file.

G-Code: Not a 3D modeling file format per se, but the final output that most 3D printers use. G-code contains detailed instructions for the printer, such as movement, speed, temperature, and other parameters. Typically, an STL or OBJ file is converted into G-code using slicer software, which prepares the model for printing by dividing it into layers.

STEP/STP (Standard for the Exchange of Product model data): Used primarily in the CAD industry for exchanging 3D data between different software programs. STEP files can be more complex and contain precise geometric and manufacturing data, making them suitable for industrial applications.

VRML/X3D: Formats used for applications that require color printing. VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) and its successor X3D can store detailed color information, making them suitable for full-color 3D printing, though they are less commonly used than other formats.

These file formats represent the spectrum of complexity and information detail that can be used in 3D printing, from basic shapes to detailed models with color and texture. The choice of format often depends on the requirements of the specific print job and the capabilities of the 3D printer being used.

The more details, the better. Descriptions, sketches, dimensions, and any specific requirements will help our designers understand your needs. If you have any preferences for materials or printing methods, please include that information as well.

Keep in touch.

🖨 Email us: Production@redcupvillage.com
☎️ Phone:  021 891 0476
📠 Address: 6- 8 Perfecta Road, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, RSA

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