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The Top 3D Printing Service Providers

Published on June 4, 2024 by Carlota V.

The use of additive manufacturing does not always mean owning a 3D printer. Today, there are many 3D printing service providers that offer their expertise in 3D printing technologies for the creation of any part: from functional prototypes, end-use parts to small series production. Indeed, it’s not always easy to figure out how to optimize a 3D model, which technology or material to choose, and how to arrive at your desired outcome. 3Dnatives has put together an alphabetical overview of various online 3D printing services that will meet your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact one of these 3D printing services directly for more information! 

ADDMAN Group

ADDMAN Group, a leading American contract manufacturer, specializes in industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing services. Dedicated to accelerating US production, ADDMAN offers an array of advanced technologies through its distinct brands: Castheon for metal additive, Dinsmore for polymer 3D printing, HARBEC for injection molding, and ADDMAN Precision for CNC machining. ADDMAN adopts an integrated manufacturing strategy, seamlessly coordinating various operations to guarantee a consistent and efficient workflow from initial concept to full-scale production. This unified approach not only boosts operational efficiency but also highlights the company’s dedication to quality and promotes ongoing innovation across all stages of production. Learn more about ADDMAN: HERE.

Autotiv Manufacturing

Founded in 2015, Autotiv provides a comprehensive manufacturing service tailored to the needs of mechanical engineers, enabling the creation of custom parts swiftly and cost-effectively, with quantities ranging from 1 to 100,000 and more. By utilizing excess manufacturing capacity from qualified global suppliers and employing automated in-house workflows, Autotiv optimizes the production process. Offering a diverse range of services including 3D printing, CNC machining, urethane casting, injection molding, and sheet metal fabrication, Autotiv assists customers from prototyping to large-scale production runs. With a commitment to both quality and affordability, Autotiv’s engineering team offers detailed feedback on manufacturability, ensuring a smooth and efficient process for bringing designs to fruition. Notably, Autotiv was ranked by Forbes as a leading company in the manufacturing industry in 2023.

 

MakeLab

Brooklyn-based startup MakeLab offers an on-demand 3D printing service specializing in transitioning designs from prototype to production. With a focus on convenience, they cater to an extensive range of needs, from single prototypes to high-volume production parts. By uploading a print-ready 3D CAD file to their Instant Quote Tool, customers can customize settings and materials with expert guidance from the company. MakeLab’s team also offers assistance with design engineering and materials selection, ensuring quality outcomes for various applications. Founded by Pratt industrial designers, MakeLab serves consumer/hardware brands locally in New York City and San Francisco, but ships nationwide, collaborating with agencies and brands cross-country to expedite the product development process.

MakeXYZ

MakeXYZ is an online platform connecting individuals with a vast network of local 3D printers and CAD designers. Offering services such as CAD design assistance, 3D scanning, CNC machining, file conversion, and a searchable database of 3D printers, MakeXYZ simplifies the process of bringing ideas to life. Specializing in affordability and speed, consumers can quickly and inexpensively create high-quality pieces, while businesses can leverage the MakeXYZ API to efficiently produce and deliver products worldwide.

Materialise

Materialise is a company providing an online 3D printing platform offering makers, designers, consumers, and entrepreneurs access to professional services and premium 3D printed parts. As part of the Materialise group, it provides a user-friendly gateway to the group’s extensive 3D printing capacity and world-class 3D printing software tools. On this platform, users can upload their 3D models, choose from over 100 different finishes and materials, select the size of their print, receive an instant price quote, and let Materialise handle the printing and shipping of their products. Since its founding in 1990, the company has played a crucial role in developing 3D printed medical implants, revolutionizing personalized healthcare solutions.

Quickparts

Quickparts, formerly known as 3D Systems On Demand before its sale in 2021, is a pioneering force in the on-demand manufacturing market. The company has built a strong reputation for its ability to swiftly transform designs into manufactured parts, utilizing a comprehensive suite of technologies, processes, tools, and expertise. Quickparts offers rapid prototyping, functional prototyping, highly realistic appearance models, and low-volume manufacturing, leveraging a wide array of proven capabilities. Their specialties include additive manufacturing, cast urethane, CNC machining, injection molding, metal-die casting, sheet metal fabrication, and expert finishing. Since its founding in 1999, customers have relied on Quickparts’ engineers to expedite time-to-market and access the broadest range of processes and materials available across their global facilities.

Shapeways

Unlike desktop printers or maker spaces, Shapeways leverages its own factories and a global supply chain network to deliver comprehensive 3D printing services. Offering over 50 materials and finishes, Shapeways caters to businesses of all sizes across diverse industries, including medical, robotics, drones, education, and consumer products. These businesses benefit from direct access to cutting-edge technology and industrial-quality materials. Demonstrating its extensive experience and capability, the Dutch company has produced over 20 million parts since its inception in 2007, solidifying its position as a leader in the 3D printing industry.

Stratasys Direct 

With a three-decade legacy, Stratasys has cemented its position as a leader in 3D printing, offering expertise across additive and conventional technologies through its Stratasys Direct Manufacturing service. Leveraging their extensive experience, they have developed cutting-edge processes and materials that optimize manufacturing. Operating eight manufacturing locations and boasting one of North America’s largest capacities, they ensure the success of every customer project. Serving tens of thousands of clients at all stages of product development, Stratasys has enabled a mass simplification of the journey to market, enabling businesses to accelerate the delivery of high-quality products. Since its founding, Stratasys has played a significant role in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and consumer goods.

Vision Miner

Vision Miner is a provider of a diverse range of 3D printing equipment, offering functional, industrial, and cost-effective solutions. What distinguishes them is their hands-on approach. They not only offer these solutions but also actively utilize the equipment and materials they sell. This hands-on experience has enhanced their expertise in high-temperature 3D printing and engineering-grade thermoplastics like PEEK, PEI, PPSU, and Carbon Fiber composites. Additionally, Vision Miner extends their capabilities as a 3D printing service provider, leveraging their knowledge to support rapid prototyping, part production, and research & development projects, establishing them as a trusted partner in advancing polymer 3D printing technologies.

Xometry 

Xometry harnesses cutting-edge additive manufacturing processes to fabricate functional prototypes and end-use parts utilizing over 50 different metals and plastics. With a vast network of more than 2,500 manufacturing partners, they specialize in an array of advanced techniques including Carbon DLS, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), HP MultiJet Fusion, PolyJet 3D, and Stereolithography (SLA). With a focus on  convenience and accessibility, the company offers instant pricing not only on their website but also seamlessly integrated into Autodesk Inventor or SOLIDWORKS through their CAD add-ins, streamlining the entire design-to-production process for their clients.

3D Printing Ally

3D Printing Ally, established in 2013, aims to democratize 3D printing for manufacturing companies of all sizes. They specialize in manufacturing aids such as design communication tools, drill jigs, assembly and inspection fixtures, and short-run tooling, among others. Offering rapid prototyping and low-volume manufacturing services, they provide same-day pricing, live engineering support, and fast delivery within 24 to 48 hours nationwide. Leveraging industrial-grade 3D printing technologies like Stereolithography (SLA), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), they assist manufacturers, designers, and inventors in enhancing the process for both small one-off parts to high and low-volume manufacturing.

 

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*This listing is not exhaustive, as there are always new companies emerging in this market.

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  1. mike says:

    Article doesn’t discuss costs, which is a major factor for prototyping up to low volume. Descriptions sound like sound bites from the fabricators web sites. I’ve delt with some of these fabricators and many others not listed.

    Service isn’t discussed from an actual client prospective. I’ve had some bad service responses but won’t mention here.

    I will mention price though. I had quotes for a part made on an HP Fusion MJF printer. Material was PA12 GB; same part. Forecast 3d wanted $167 whereas JawsTech charges me $13!!

    92% less cost from JawTech. How can that be? ForceCast 3d answered with “our business model is designed to capture the production opportunities.”

    Most fabricators want volume, I understand. What is the limited budget prototyper to do? Besides, if you have that much volume, why not purchase your own HP Fusion printer or do inject mold.

  2. Great idea and real action help for the product development helping products innovation.

    BOhao Prototype provides variety range of prototyping service like SLS sla 3D printing ,and latest advanced CNC machining machine DMG 5-Axis, vacuum casting and plastic injection molding service,and another skilled process Sheet metal fabrication.. we will be helpful for your product development we keep matual communication and notice you when find there’s something wrong with the design before the processing.

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