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Frequently Asked Questions About 3D Printing


What is 3D Printing?

Three-dimensional printing is exactly what it sounds like: the process of printing that produces a physical object from a digital file of the 3D model. Our 3D printers layer thin sheets of plastic filaments in different shapes in order to build virtually anything conjured by your imagination. Our Q200 Open Frame 3D Printers and Q150 Enclosed 3D Printers are able to print a wide array of high-resolution, functioning models with exceptional quality and speed. Our incredibly user-friendly hardware and software makes both of our printers ideal for both amateur and professional design use.


What kind of material is used for printing?

Our printers are compatible with Acrylonitrile ButadieneStyrene (ABS) and Poly(lactic acid) or polylactide (PLA) plastic filaments.They are the ideal materials for building  high quality, detailed, strong and reliable products. Our filaments come in a variety of colors.



What is the cost of printing?

Your cost per part varies by how much filament is used.  Our software automatically calculates the amount of filament required for each print (in grams), so calculating the total cost is easy:

Cost to Print = Weight of Model x (Cost of Filament Spool /Full Filament Spool Weight).


About Quant 3D Printers


How large can the product print?

Q200 Open Frame 3D Printer can print up to 140mm (5.5") wide, 140mm (5.5") deep, 135mm (5.3") high: about the size of a largegrapefruit.

Q150 Enclosed 3D printer can print up to 120mm (4.75") wide, 120mm 4.75") deep, (4.47") 120mm high: about the size of the average coffee cup.



What is the layer resolution resolution?

Q200 Open Frame 3D Printer prints up to 0.15, 0.20, 0.25,0.30, 0.35, 0.40mm (or 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400 microns).

Q150 Enclosed 3D Printer prints up to 0.20, 0.25, 0.30,0.35, 0.40mm (or 200, 250, 300, 400 microns).


Layer Thickness (mm) Q150 Q200
0.15 No Yes
0.20 Yes Yes
0.25 Yes Yes
0.30 Yes Yes
0.35 Yes Yes
0.40 Yes Yes


Resolutions this high allows you to build polished models with immaculate precision.

What operating system and software are needed to print?

Our software is Windows and Mac OS compatible and can be downloaded here 

What are compatible files for printing?

Our machines are compatible with *.STL and *.UPP files. Other file types should be exported and converted to compatible file types.



About Quant 3D Printers Differences


What are the main differences between the Q150 and the Q200

The Q200 offers several key advantages over the Q150:

1.     Automatic Bed Leveling (“Auto Level”)

2.     Nozzle Height Detection

3.     Available 0.150mm Layer Thickness

4.     Larger build volume

5.     Improved print speed


The Q200 has been known as the original desktop 3D printer for over 5 years, and evolved through numerous upgrades. Today, the Q200 is positioned as the most reliable and consistent 3D printing desktop platform in its market place.

Following the Q200 success, awards and rave reviews, our R&D designed a consumer level sibling printer, even more affordable; producing the same quality printed objects as its big brother below $1000.  Here comes the Q150. Although the technical specifications are not identical, the 3D objects that it produces are practically indistinguishable from those made by the Q200. The Q150 currently retails at $599.00  vs $1,299 for the Q200.


Why is the Q150 less expensive than the more robust looking Q200, yet it looks more professional and has an enclosure.


It is more economical from a manufacturing point of view, to support the X,Y,X, gantry system necessary for 3D printing by containing it inside of a “Box”.  The box provides 6 planes of support to which to secure the guide rails so in fact the enclosure allowed our engineers to achieve their development goals and as a bonus, the Q150 model gained an enclosure.


What are the main technical differences between the Q150 and Q200?


The Q200 is positioned as prosumer desktop model while the Q150 is positioned as the most affordable, entry-level model in its category.


The main similarity between the 2 models is the fact that both produce incredibly detailed, accurate, smooth 3D prints. 


The Q150 was designed to have most features available on Q200 but the user gets more using the Q200 as shown below:


Features Q200 Q150 Q300 (coming soon)
Finest Z resolution 150 microns 200 microns 100 microns
Heated Bed Temp 106˚C 51˚C 106˚C
Build Volume 5.25” all direction 4.75” all directions 10”(w) x 8”(h) x  8”(d)
Auto-Calibration level & nozzle height manual level & nozzle height



About the Extruder


The extruder assembly in all Quant 3D models is covered for manufacturer defects under a 1-year parts replacement warranty.  This warranty does not cover normal wear-and-tear, including clogging after the “First Print Use”.

Therefore a clogged extruder is NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY and is considered operational and is the responsibility of the user to maintain properly.


What do I need to know about extruder maintenance?


Quant 3D printers are designed to work beautifully withofficial Quant 3D filament.  Using other types or brands of filament is not recommended as it may cause clogging or damage the printer.



About Purchasing our 3D Printers



What supplies are included?

Each printer comes with a tool kit which includes: USB cable, precision tweezers, support material removal pliers, nozzle wrench,part-lifter, leather work gloves, filament guide lube, spool holder, small parts/tool bag, 3 cell boards, 220W power supply and cable.

How do I purchase a printer?

Online at 

Quant3D Web store 

(All major credit cards accepted) or by e-mail (both credit card orders and purchase orders are accepted)


How can I estimate the shipping time and cost to my country?

We are currently shipping Quant3D products to North America only. We have preferred rates with UPS but we can use your own carrier. For an estimated shipping cost, please call our Customer Care team at 1-714-230-2398. We will be adding sales channels in Europe and Asia soon. Please send us an e-mail to be notified when these become available in your country.

How do I become a distributor?

Please e-mail us at  info@quant3d.com


About ABS / PLA plastic filaments



How stable are ABS / PLA plastic filaments?

ABS is a strong, resilient plastic similar to what is used in LEGO™ products. 3D printed ABS parts are strong, light and resist cracking. 3D printing with ABS can release plastic fumes which may bother some people. ABShas a tendency to warp or curl if temperatures are not well-controlled.

PLA is also strong, but more brittle than ABS and isresistant to most solvents.  PLA is derived from plants and is biodegradable, therefore making it more environmentally friendly.  Printing with PLA is generally easier for beginners since it tends to warp less.  However, PLA is sensitive to UV and can degrade over time in direct sunlight.

Neither material is “food safe”, nor should 3D printed parts be used for food handling use.  3D printed parts are inherently porous and therefore can trap food particles and bacteria.



Can the printer take alternative plastic filament brands?

Yes, as long as the filament is ABS or PLA and the filament diameter is 1.75 mm. However,  since our printers are optimized for our brand of materials, we strongly advise against using alternative brands as we cannot guarantee final product quality.



What varieties of plastic filament do you offer for printing?

Our ABS and PLA filaments comes in a variety of colors andcan be purchased on the Quant3D Web store (North America).  Specialtyfilaments such as conductive and ESD will be added soon.


About Technical Support


How do I set up the product?



1.    Remove the shipping clips on the top and back of the unit

2.    Attach the spool shaft on the left of the unit

3.    Place the cell board by rotating the latches beneath the platform, then move them upward to hold the cellboard

4.    Install the software and driver from our support web page. Follow the instructions to make sure the driver and software are correctly installed before connecting to the Q200 printer. PLEASE NOTE: For Windows XP, you need to manually specify the driver location, Program Files\UP\Driver

5.    Calibration: platform and nozzle (Refer to Quick Start Guide)

6.    Load ABS printing material



1.    Remove the shipping protection parts

2.    Install the material shaft at the back of the unit

3.    Install the cell board

4.    Connect USB cable and power adapter

5.    Install the print head

6.    Download the software

7.    Load ABS printing material



Where can I get technical support for product set-up and troubleshooting?

Call us on (+1) 714-799-9910 or e-mail our Technical Support Team


How do I install the printing software and drivers onto my respective operating system?

Download the files from our website located under Support / Software Download


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