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3D Printing Services for 3D Objects

Updated on April 19, 2013

3D Printing Services List

A list of 3D printing services where you can get your 3D models turned into physical objects. This article covers the main options for getting your 3D object printed out and delivered to you, and some less well known services too.

Your choice of 3D printing services will depend on your location and shipping options and costs, the materials and printing methods available, pricing, usability, support for 3D modeling formats and other factors.

If you are a designer you can design your own 3d objects for printing. Some 3D printing services also offer a gallery or store of 3D objects created by designers which you can buy, and in some cases customize.

If you need more information on materials see: Materials for 3D Printing

If you need modeling software see: Free 3D Modeling Software

If you want to sell your 3D designs to others see: 3D Printing Services for Sellers

In this article, I've focused on 3D printing services for consumers who want to 3D print a special object of their own design, and small business owners who want to 3D print objects or parts that they use in their business.

There are also 3D printing companies that specialize in producing prototypes and work with big businesses, I have not covered those services here.

How do 3D Printing Services Work - The Basics

So you're thinking of getting an object made by a 3D printing service? Cool. We like that idea. Here are the basics of how it works.

  1. First you need a 3D model or design. You

    - can create your own 3D Design (try some free 3D modeling software.)

    - use an app provided by a 3D printing service (they each have different ones for creating iPhone covers, vases and other objects.)

    - choose a design from a designer which has been made available, most services have a gallery or store

    - find a design and commission a custom design, you might find one in the forums of a 3D printing service

  2. Choose the right material for your design. See materials for 3D printing to understand the options.
  3. Place your order with a 3D printing service. It will usually take a couple of weeks to get your custom design printing and shipped to you so if it's a gift you'll want to make sure you allow plenty of time.
  4. Admire your gorgeous 3D printed object.

3D Printing Services for Consumers

These services allow ordinary people to have 3D models printed from their own designs or designs created by others. They are well-known popular services.

Note that 3D printing services may print your objects in their own lab or they may use a partner or subcontractor, particularly if you are in a different location to their main lab or labs.

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3D Printing Service Videos

Below I've collected together some videos that show how several of the 3D printing services work. You'll see explanations of the 3D printing end to end process from choosing or uploading your 3D model through to receiving a custom printed 3D object.

Ponoko 3D Printing Service

An introduction to 3D printing with Ponoko. This is a good first video to watch to understand what you can do with 3D printing.

Sculpteo 3D Printing Service

This video shows the process of ordering a Sculpteo figurine from taking photos and uploading them to the Sculpteo website through to printing and receiving the delivery.

i.materialise 3D Printing Service

Shapeways 3D Printing Service

This video show how 3D printing of your own design works at Shapeways from uploading your design through to behind the scenes printing and the final object.

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      realspace 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! I am curious how 3D printing prices compare to architectural models?

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      cwaldo39 

      6 years ago

      Pretty cool article, I wish you'd update it though! http://www.kraftwurx.com launched in the middle of November 2011, and we're still in business offering 3D printing services internationally.

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