Interested in 3D printing, but unable to afford a 3D printer? One of the biggest obstacles to individuals and small businesses are the high captial costs of a 3D printer.
Paris based company Sculpteo offers a 3D printing service where they take your 3D design and print it using high specification ZCorp ZPrinter 650 (pictured above right) and Eos Formiga P100 3D printers. Your 3D printed items are then shipped directly to your home or office.
The Sculpteo website provides a community platform giving users access to 3D designers, and allowing them to share models, upload 3D designs, and make them real thanks to 3D printing.
3D Systems, the company behind the Cube and CubeX 3D printers, and also the Sense 3D scanner offer a 3D printing service called Cubify.com. Scans can be uploaded directly to Cubify.com for cloud printing with a variety of materials, including Ceramix, Aluminix and Clear.
US company Shapeways will also print your personalised designs and ship them to you.
Their website includes a draw your own earrings section, allowing you to personalise your jewellry.
i.materialise.com also offer an online 3D printing service. i.materialise.com offer an impressive choice of printing materials including Polyamide, Alumide, Multicolor, High detail resin, Paintable resin, Transparent resin, ABS, Titanium, Stainless steel, Silver, 18 carat solid gold, Prime gray. They can also offer large format 3D printers, capable of printing designs of 2 meters or more in length.
The i.materialise.com website also offers innovative tools such as the 3D printed table lamp kit, allowing you to design your own unique table lamp (see below).