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Online 3D Printing Service

Get an instant 3D printing quote today. Choose from a range of materials for rapid prototyping and production. Lead times as fast as 1 day.

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3D Printing Processes

Our online 3D printing service consists of six 3D printing technologies to transform your 3D files into plastic, metal, and elastomeric parts. With more than 120 3D printers, we have unmatched capacity that reliably delivers parts within days. In addition to a broad material selection, we offer several post-processing options to improve cosmetics or enhance mechanical properties.

 

Metal 3D Printing

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Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) uses a fiber laser system that draws onto a surface of atomized metal powder, welding the powder into fully dense metal parts.

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Carbon DLS

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Carbon DLS uses digital light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce plastic parts with excellent mechanical properties and surface finish.

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Stereolithography (SLA)

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Stereolithography (SLA) uses an ultraviolet laser that draws on the surface of liquid thermoset resin to create thousands of thin layers until final parts are formed.

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PolyJet

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PolyJet uses a jetting process where small droplets of liquid photopolymer are sprayed from multiple jets onto a build platform and cured in layers that form elastomeric parts.

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Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

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Selective laser sintering (SLS) uses a CO2 laser that fuses nylon-based powder, layer by layer until final thermoplastic parts are built.

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Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

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Multi Jet Fusion selectively applies fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder, which are fused in thousands of layers by heating elements into a solid functional component.

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Compare 3D Printing Processes

New to our 3D printing service and not sure which additive technology is right for your 3D design? Compare the capabilities of each process below to see what fits your application's requirements.

  Materials Max Part Size Min Feature Size Tolerances
Metal 3D Printing Aluminum
Stainless Steel (17-4, 316L)
Titanium
Inconel
Cobalt Chrome
Copper

9.6 in. x 9.6 in. x 13.0 in

X Line: 31.5 in. x 15.7 in. x 19.7 in.

0.006 in. ±0.003 in
Stereolithography ABS
Polycarbonate
Polypropylene
29 in. x 25 in. x 21 in. 0.0025 in. ±0.002 in.
Selective Laser Sintering Nylons
Polypropylene
TPU
19 in. x 19 in. x 17 in. 0.030 in. ±0.010 in.
Multi Jet Fusion Nylons 11.1 in. x 14.9 in. x 14.9 in. 0.020 in. ±0.012 in.
PolyJet Elastomer (30A to 95A) 19.3 in. x 15.4 in. x 7.9 in. 0.012 in. ±0.005  in.
Carbon DLS ABS
Polypropylene
7.4 in. x 4.6 in. x 12.8 in. 0.020 in. ±0.010 in.
  Materials Max Part Size Min Feature Size Tolerances
Metal 3D Printing Aluminum
Stainless Steel (17-4, 316L)
Titanium
Inconel
Cobalt Chrome
Copper

245mm x 245mm x 330mm

Inconel: 400mm x 800mm x  500mm

0.1524mm ±0.076mm
Stereolithography ABS
Polycarbonate
Polypropylene
127mm x 127mm x 63mm 0.0634mm ±0.0508mm
Selective Laser Sintering Nylons
Polypropylene
TPU
482mm x 482mm x 431mm 0.762mm ± 0.254mm
Multi Jet Fusion Nylons

281mm x 378mm x 378mm

0.508mm ±0.305mm
PolyJet Elastomer (30A to 95A) 490mm x 391mm x 200mm 0.305mm ±0.127mm
Carbon DLS ABS
Polypropylene
89mm x 118mm x 326mm 0.508mm ±0.254mm

Available 3D Printing Materials


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3D Printing Surface Finish Guide

Get this quick reference guide to explore your surface finish options across our six 3D printing technologies.



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SLA vs SLS

Two of our most popular 3D printing services, stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS) offer engineering-grade options for parts. Learn how the two differ and how to pick the right process for your part.

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SLA vs. FDM

Stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) are two common plastic 3D printing process typically used for rapid prototyping. While both emerged in the 1980s, they use distinctly different ways to make parts, and as a result, have distinct advantages depending on your part requirements.

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MJF vs. SLS

These two powder bed processes are similar, but there are some differences between the technologies that should be understood before making your manufacturing selection.



Surface Finish Options for 3D Prints

Unfinished Dots, or standing"nibs," remain evident on the bottom of the part from the support structure remnants.
Natural Supported surfaces are sanded down to eliminate the support nibs.
Standard Supported surfaces are sanded, and the entire part is finely blasted for a consistent look. Note that the layers are still present.
Custom Soft-touch paint, clear part finishing, painting, masking, color matching, decals/graphic, and texture finishes are available.

 

 

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Custom Finishing

Looking to boost the strength, clarity, or appearance of your 3D-printed parts? Choose from microfluidic and micro-resolution materials, metal plating, secondary machining, and custom finishes like painting, clear coating, and decaling.

Clear Coat Clear cosmetic finish that can be applied to ABS-Like Translucent/Clear (WaterShed XC 11122) and PC-Like Translucent/Clear (Accura 60) materials.
Painting After smoothing the part with sanding and polishing, parts can be painted with automotive-grade paint. Provide a pantone color with your quote request. We also offer soft-touch painting.
Plating Electroless nickel plating can be used to achieve parts that are similar to cast aluminum or magnesium.
Dyeing Dyeing is another method for adding color to 3D prints. This is faster option with a limited color selection, so is a more cost-effective choice than painting.
Decaling Decaling can be used to add a logo or other graphics to boost cosmetics or function.
Polishing We can polish parts to a mirror-like finish. If this is a requirement, we ask that you provide either a drawing or image that indicates your finish expectations.
Heat Treatment Harden and strengthen metal 3D prints with multiple heat treatment options: NADCAP heat treatment, hot isostatic pressing (HIP), solution annealing, and aging.
Machining Machine metal 3D prints to achieve exceptional surface finish quality or meet tight tolerances.


Why Choose Us for Custom 3D Printing?

Unmatched Quality
Get design feedback from our experienced engineering team that has helped thousands of customers bring their products to market with quality 3D-printed parts. We will also work with you to determine optimal part orientation based on your application's requirements.

Consultative Quoting
Our industry-leading tolerances and surface finish quality stems from a dedicated process engineering and quality team for each 3D printing technology. We also offer a proprietary material called Microfine™, which can build features as small as 0.0025 in.

Wide Material Selection
Across our six 3D printing technologies, we use a range of commercial-grade thermoset resins, and thermoplastic and metal powders to 3D print parts that are suitable for various part applications and industries. If required for your parts, we offer a variety of post-process options such as heat treating, secondary machining, plating, painting, and dyeing to further enhance mechanical properties and cosmetics.  

Scale and Production
Our facility is home to more than 120 3D printing machines that produce metal and plastic parts. This means we'll always have capacity when you need parts fast--whether it's a small batch of parts or production level volumes.  



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Looking for Quality Prototypes 3D Printed with FDM?

Our manufacturing network of premium suppliers at Hubs can help. Choose from a wide material and color selection for repeatable additive parts with FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D printing. Get an instant quote for FDM parts within days. 



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3D Printing FAQs

How much does 3D printing cost?

3D printing cost per part is dependent on a multitude of factors, including design, material, process, and post print operations. Typically, the post print operations account for most of the part cost, especially if manual labor is involved. In general, the laser powder bed sintering processes like SLS and MJF are the most optimal economic choices for end use parts if cost is a key factor. Check out this blog post to better understand what drives the cost of 3D printing.

How do I choose a 3D printing technology?

When selecting a 3D printing technology, first determine critical design requirements like strength, temperature resistance, water resistance, aesthetics, or durability. This will often help you determine if a metal or plastic 3D printing is needed for your application. Check out this 3D printing material selection guide for further assistance on technology options to align with your design requirements.

What type of file format is needed for 3D printing?

Though all file types are ultimately converted to STL (.stl) before printing, the recommended file type to upload is STEP (.stp/.step). SOLIDWORKS (.sldprt), and IGES (.igs/.iges) files. Check out further guidance on how to design .stil files for 3D printing. Learn more about .stl files for 3D printing.

How large of a part can you 3D print?

The maximum size of the part depends on the bounding box in the 3D printing machine being used. With the advancement in large format printing options, parts with build volumes as large as 31.5 in. x 15.7 in. x 19.7 in. for metal parts and as large as 29 in. x 25 in. x 21 in. for plastic parts.  

What are the advantages of 3D printing?

One of the biggest advantages of 3D printing is speed, or time to part in hand. Additional advantages include flexible design, cost savings, and production quality parts without tooling investment.

What is 3D printing used for?

3D printing has historically been leveraged as a rapid prototyping manufacturing method. With advancements in post-processing options and engineering grade additive materials, 3D printing is often leveraged for end use part production.


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