3D printing is a manufacturing technology that allows you to print solid three-dimensional objects from digital models.
Local 3D Printing
How local 3D Printing works
upload your 3D designin the simple .STL format1
choose a print locationusing our interactive map2
pick up your productand meet the printer3
join the communitykeep on sharing & learning4
We do this by connecting people who want to print to the people owning the machines.
Want to see how it works, have a look at our how to print guide.
Join your Community
Own a 3D Printer?
- Print for your neighborhood
- Make money with your 3D printer
- Shape the future of making
Wanna print 3D?
- Get 3D Prints in days, not weeks
- See the printer, meet the maker
- Share & learn in communities
Design for 3D Printing
Get started with basic 3D design and modeling – no downloads required.
Meshmixer is the ultimate tool for 3D mashups, edits, and remixes. Mash, mix, sculpt, stamp, and paint your own 3D designs.
123D Design is a powerful yet simple 3D modeling and editing tool, perfect for 3D printing.
Create characters of your dreams and bring them to life in 3D with this free iPad app!
The Future of Making
Have you ever wondered where all of the stuff you buy comes from? Your favorite t-shirt might be made of cotton grown in Africa, manufactured in China, then dispatched to the U.S. and subsequently to your home town. As consumers, we’ve grown used to being detached from the supply chain. We never encounter the folks behind the production of the things we know and love, they are faceless links in a complex and obscure global process.
Now imagine a world that runs on local products. Electricity comes from solar cells on your roof, food is grown in urban farms, and everyday commodities are made on a 3D printer owned by someone in your neighborhood. Using locally recycled material, this printer would produce Nokia phone cases, Nike shoes and even your favorite Ikea accessories. Each design would be tailored to your needs and personality and produced the moment you want it. The need for shipping would disappear. Your products would be a short stroll or bike ride away, at the friendly print Hub around the corner.
3D printing has the potential to eliminate waste, transport pollution and long shipping times - relics of centralized production.
To our disappointment, most well known 3D printing companies are still supplying globally from a handful of locations. We believe in a different approach.
3D printers will empower a new breed of makers and entrepreneurs, especially as pricing drops and quality improves. Manufacturing could then be distributed among communities. Your favorite electronics brand could send you accessories and spare parts through a local Hubber at a much lower cost. Toys for your kids, designer clothes and trendy home furniture could be made to order at other Hubs located just a few steps away.
With 3D printing, the factories of the future could become community-run micro-operations. Products could be made on-demand and closer to their point of purchase, with individuals and companies alike driving their design and innovation. Making and distributing stuff would not only be cheaper and better for the environment, but great for local economies as well.
All we would need is a supportive infrastructure that allows us to tap into this production network when and where we need it. We’re on a mission to make this infrastructure a reality. 3D Hubs provides a collaborative production platform for makers and 3D printer owners.
Using our platform, anyone with a 3D printer can bring customized, locally produced goods to those around them. Together, we strive to build communities that want to share the fun of making 3D printed products, while igniting a new industrial revolution in the process.
Meet the team
Bram de Zwart
Head of Development
Head of Growth
Head of Community
Head of Americas
GOT MOJO? WE'RE HIRING!
You can earn money with your printer when it’s not being used, and support the local maker community in the process.
On average our delivery time is days, not weeks - something which sets us apart from the centralized 3D printing services.
We currently support Desktop Printers that work mainly with ABS and PLA, but you can expect more options in the near future.