The Best Online 3D Printing Service Providers
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!
3D Systems On Demand
3D Systems On Demand delivers the technologies, processes, tools and expertise to quickly translate your designs into manufactured parts. They offer rapid prototyping, functional prototyping, fully realistic appearance models, and low-volume manufacturing using a full range of proven capabilities. This includes additive manufacturing, cast urethane, CNC machining, injection molding, metal-die casting, sheet metal fabrication, and expert finishing. Customers rely on our engineers to help speed time-to-market, access the widest range of processes and materials across their facilities worldwide.
3E Rapid Prototyping (3ERP), based in China, specializes in providing rapid prototyping, low-volume production and surface finishing services for a wide-range of industries including automotive, medical, aerospace, and consumer products. Their portfolio of technologies includes 3D printing, CNC machining, Injection Molding, Vacuum Casting, etc. The manufacturing service claims that their services can deliver 1 to 1000+ metal or plastic parts globally as fast as ten days.
Aerospace prototyping, automotive prototyping, medical device prototyping, consumer product prototyping and robotic prototyping.
CNC machining, rapid tooling, injection molding, vacuum casting, pressure die casting, sheet metal forming, aluminum forming, aluminum extrusion and 3D printing.
Aconity3D is a German manufacturer of additive manufacturing systems based on the Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) process. The company specialises in the development of modular metal 3D printing machines. The modular platform is a unique selling point in the 3D industry and enables the production of application-specific and customised systems. In addition, they produce components on-demand from different materials on different machines in their shop. This enables them to ensure cost-effective and fast production with the highest quality for their customers. Furthermore, Aconity3D offers the possibility of material development and process integration for customers by means of facility testing.
Aerospace prototypes, automotive prototypes, and medical device prototypes.
CNC post-processing, rapid tooling, and 3D printing (based on LPBF)
Fisher Unitech is one of the world’s largest technology providers of 3D design software, 3D printers, 3D scanners, and surface finishing solutions. With their build part service, they are able to help others with their product development and additive manufacturing needs (whether complementing in-house printing or as a service bureau). They use FDM, PolyJet, metal 3D printing, embedded electronic, and tooling & molding services to accommodate a wide range of applications including aerospace, concept models, medical manufacturing, rapid production, functional prototyping, and more.
FORECAST 3D was founded in 1994 by brothers Corey and Donovan Weber, in a small garage with a single machine. Today, with over 45 industrial 3D printers in-house and three facilities, FORECAST 3D services companies of all sizes across all industries. Offering a diverse range of additive manufacturing technologies – with HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), SLA (Stereolithography), PolyJet,
igus GmbH develops and produces lubricant-free high-performance plastics that improve technology and reduce costs. The 3D printing materials from igus are up to 50 times more resistant to wear than conventional 3D printing plastics. In addition to abrasion-resistance, special solutions for ESD, food contact, fire protection and innovations in the field of multi-material printing and 3D printing with integrated sensors are available in the 3D printing service and in the store. With over 5,000 active customers and 160,000 printed parts in 2019, igus GmbH is the world’s largest supplier of wear-resistant special parts.
Functional prototypes for all types of moving parts, wear-resistant series and special parts. They can manufacture moving parts conforming to FDA and EU 10 / 2011, with electrostatic discharge, heat-resistance, fire-retardant, but also parts for vehicles, aerospace, packaging, robotics, automation, etc. The essential thing is that the applications must be tribologically stressed – in other words, everything that moves and tends to wear. We make functional prototypes as well as spare and serial parts.
CNC machining, rapid tooling, injection molding, and 3D printing.
i.materialise is an online 3D printing platform offering every maker, designer, consumer and entrepreneur access to a professional service and premium 3D printed consumer parts. Part of the Materialise group, it offers a user-friendly gateway to the group’s large-scale 3D printing capacity and its world-class 3D printing software tools. On this online 3D printing service you can upload your 3D model, choose from 100+ different finishes and materials, select the size of your print, receive a price quote instantly and let them take care of printing and shipping of your products.
Unlike desktop printers or makerspaces, the Shapeways platform offers services from its own factories and global supply chain network. Printing in over 50 materials and finishes, Shapeways provides 3D printing manufacturing solutions to businesses of all sizes across a multitude of industries. Businesses in medical, robotics, drones, education, consumer products, to name a few, have all benefited from direct access to the most innovative technology and industrial-quality materials.
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
Stratasys has been around for three decades. Their Stratasys Direct Manufacturing service is able to provide engineering and manufacturing expertise across a range of additive and conventional technologies. As pioneers in 3D printing, they have developed processes and materials that optimize and enhance what can be achieved in manufacturing. They have eight manufacturing locations and one of the largest capacities in North America to ensure every customers’ project is a success. They serve tens of thousands of customers at all stages of product development to make it easier for businesses to bring quality products to market faster.
Vision Miner offers a wide-range of 3D printing equipment, including functional, industrial and affordable solutions. On top of this, the company works with the solutions and materials it sells, therefore it has acquired a high level of expertise in high-temperature 3D printing and engineering-grade thermoplastics such as PEEK, PEI, PPSU, and Carbon Fiber composites. The company is also a 3D printing service provider, able to help you in your rapid prototyping, part production or research & development projects by leveraging its cutting-edge knowledge in high-performance polymer 3D printing technologies.
Xometry uses the latest additive manufacturing processes to build functional prototypes and end-use parts in more than 50 different metals and plastics. They have over 2,500 manufacturing partners specializing in Carbon DLS, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), HP MultiJet Fusion, PolyJet 3D, and Stereolithography (SLA). Xometry offers instant pricing on their website (below) or directly in Autodesk Inventor or SOLIDWORKS with their CAD add-ins.
*This listing is not exhaustive, as there are always new companies emerging in this market.
*Cover Image Credits: Forecast 3D
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