Just because you don’t own a 3D printer doesn’t mean you can’t experience the joys of 3D printing! And if you’re wondering how then its high time we talk about 3D printing services and how cool they are!
Essentially, a 3D printing service or company will print your design for you and deliver it right to your doorstep.
All you need to do is upload your model design, STL files, scans or even physical items that you wish to be 3D printed. Apart from this, there are a variety of models available that you can choose from. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell your designs then you can consider listing your services as well.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite 3D printing services that you absolutely must check out-
Technologies: SLS, SLA, Binder Jet Steel, Wax casting, Material Jetting
Materials: Plastic, Metal, Ceramics, Sandstone, Wax
One of the most popular 3d printing services, Shapeways is perfect for both 3d printing enthusiasts as well as newbies. You can either upload your STL files and custom designs or opt for their professionally designed items and customize them to your liking.
Technologies: FDM, SLS, SLA, Casting, CeramicJet, Colorjet, DMLS, Indirect Metal Printing, Polyjet
Materials: Plastic, Metal, Ceramic, Wood, Resin, Sandstone
Similar to Shapeways, i.materialise lets you upload your designs and have them printed out for you. For designers, they can either sell their 3d print designs via the gallery on the i.materalise online store or embed them into their website.
3. 3D Hubs
Technologies: FDM, SLA, SLS, Jetting, Metal Sintering, Paper, PolyJetting, CFF, Wax Casting
Materials: Plastic, Metal, Paper, Resin, Stone, Wax
Rather than 3d printing your object for you, 3D Hubs lets you connect with professionals who own a 3d printer and will print your design. It’s even more convenient as you can find someone living in your area itself who offers 3d printing services, upload your STL files and instantly connect with them to get an estimate.
The company makes sure all transactions between the “hubs” and customers are performed properly. You can find these 3D Hubs all over the world mainly in Europe and the US but also in Australia, Asia, Africa, Russia, and South-America.
Technologies: FDM, SLS, SLA, DMLS, Casting, CLIP, ColorJet
Materials: Plastic, Metal, Ceramic, Resin, Full-color, Wax
Sculpteo offers a large variety of materials and 3D printing technologies to choose from. From art pieces to jewelry and interior decorations, you can find something that you love and even take it one step further and customize it. Like the other online sites, Sculpteo too offers hobbyists and professionals to open up an online storefront and sell where they can sell their designs.
When asked about his views on 3D printing, the founder of Sculpteo, Eric Carreel says “Soon, instead of buying things that are made in large quantities at factories, we will buy objects made in quantities of just one, specifically for us”. And if you take a look at Sculpteo, you’ll feel the same!
Technologies: FDM, SLS, SLA, Material Jetting
Materials: Plastic, Resin, Nylon
What sets MakeXYZ apart from other online services is that it offers you a handy little perk. You can either upload your files and have them printed or you can choose to allow an experienced Makexyz print manager handle the process for you. For newbies especially, this tool gives you a very smooth experience.
Apart from this, you can upload your files in a variety of formats like stl, obj, zip, step, stp, iges, igs, 3ds and wrl. The site also includes a “Find 3D Printers” list that includes the printer’s name, location, and his/her 3D print capabilities.
3D printing services are also a great way to test out 3d printed objects before buying your own 3d printer. And if you love the experience and can’t wait to buy your own then take a look at our Store.
Credits: imaterialise.com, makexyz.com, sculpteo.com, 3dhubs.com, shapeways.com