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  • Lead times from 24 business days
  • FDM, SLS, SLA, MJF & DMLS
  • 25+ plastics & metals, 35+ colors
  • Rapid prototyping & full-scale production
  • ISO9001, ISO13485, AS9100
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Our online 3D printing services

Our online 3d printing services leverage a global network of over 2,400 3D printing machines, which means our customers get both competitive prices and fast lead times. We specialise in five processes, bringing you everything you need for custom 3D printing projects, from rapid prototyping with FDM to small production runs of metal 3D prints for industrial applications.

FDM 3d printing service
FDM

Fused deposition modeling

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SLS

Selective laser sintering

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MJF 3d printing service
MJF

MultiJet fusion

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SLA

Stereolithography

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DMLS 3d printing service
DMLS

Direct metal laser sintering

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Custom 3D printing projects made with 3D Hubs

We help mechanical engineers create custom 3D printed parts for application in multiple industries, and sectors: aerospace, automotive, defense, electronics, hardware startups, industrial automation, machinery, manufacturing, medical devices, oil & gas and robotics.

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“We used 3D Hubs to prototype parts that would be impossible, or a nightmare, for us to machine in-house.”
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How to manufacture a fleet of drones and save a forest
“3D Hubs was pivotal in being able to affordably leverage FDM processes on a tight schedule.”
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John Thomson
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145,000 engineers served
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35,000 businesses
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240 manufacturing partners
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5M+ parts & prototypes produced
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27% of Fortune 500 companies
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4200+ machines

We use powerful automation to make custom 3D printing easy

We’re eliminating slow and antiquated processes with automated engineering tools to help you reduce development cycles and increase the speed at which projects are delivered.

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You automatically receive manufacturability feedback on all 3D prints. No more waiting for a technician before knowing you can proceed to production.

Online order management

Easily manage orders online, track deliveries and share important details with others on your team.
Instant 3D printing quotes

Upload a CAD file, receive a 3D printing quote in seconds. No more back and forth with suppliers or long email chains.

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Automated DfM feedback

You automatically receive manufacturability feedback on all 3D prints. No more waiting for a technician before knowing you can proceed to production.

Online order management

Easily manage orders online, track deliveries and share important details with others on your team.

Comparison of our 3D printing services

Need help choosing? See our guide to selecting the right 3D printing process.

3D printing process

FDM SLA SLS MJF DMLS
Available materials 10 11 2 2 2
[US] Our lead times From 2 From 2 From 3 From 3 From 10
[EU] Our lead times From 4 From 4 From 6 From 6 From 10
[US] Maximum build size 19.68'' x 19.68'' x 19.68'' 5.7" x 5.7" x 6.8" 16.5" × 19.7" × 16.5" 14.9'' x 11.2'' x 14.9'' 9.84'' x 12.80'' x 9.84''
[EU] Maximum build size 500 x 500 x 500 mm 145 × 145 × 175 mm 400 x 480 x 400 mm 380 x 285 x 380 mm 250 x 325 x 250 mm
[US] Dimensional accuracy ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.0196'' ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.006" ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.012'' ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.012'' <10mm: ± 0.2% with a lower limit of ± 0.008"
>10mm: ± 2%
[EU] Dimensional accuracy ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.5 mm ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.15 mm ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.3 mm ± 0.5% with a lower limit on ± 0.3 mm <10mm: ± 0.2% with a lower limit of ± 0.2 mm
>10mm: ± 2%
Prototyping applications Low-fideily, proof-of-concept prototyping and visual design verification. Detailed visual prototypes (especially of injection molded parts). Functional and high-fidelity prototypes. Similar to MJF. Functional and high-fidelity prototypes. Similar to SLS. Design verification of metal parts.
End-part applications Non-visual end parts, such as jigs and fixtures. Small, smooth, non-functional end parts. Small batches of functional plastic parts. Similar to MJF Small batches of functional plastic parts. Similar to SLS. Alternative to CNC machining for complex, small or low-volume metal parts.

Choose from a broad range of 3D printing materials

Need help choosing? We have a whole range of resources on selecting the right 3D printing material for your application

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Standard 3D printing post processing

FDM Support material is removed to ensure a consistent surface finish across the part.
SLA Parts are fully UV post cured. Excess resin is removed from the surface and drained from hollow sections. Support material is removed and support nibs are sanded to ensure a consistent surface finish across the part.
SLS Excess powder is removed from the surface and hollow sections.
MJF Excess powder is removed from the surface and hollow sections.
DMLS Excess powder is removed from the surface and hollow sections.

How we ensure high quality 3D prints

Every order includes our standard inspection report. Further reports and certifications are available on request, submit an order to begin.

Standard
  • Critical dimensions
  • Quantity of parts
  • Number of parts inspected
  • Surface finish
  • Threads and tolerances
On request
  • First article inspection for orders of 100+ units
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On request
  • Critical dimensions
  • Quantity of parts
  • Number of parts inspected
  • Surface finish
  • Threads and tolerances
  • First article inspection for orders of 100+ units
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Our network of 3D printing manufacturers

3D Hubs simplifes the process of sourcing custom 3D prints. We ofer you the capacity and capabilities of hundreds of suppliers, with the ease of dealing with one. You get the experience of the top 3D printing companies in the world, we handle all the communications, delivery, quality control and customs.

3D factory in NL
  • Established

    2014

  • Number of machines

    5

  • Capabilities

    SLS

3D printing factory in Netherlands

3D factory in Chicago
  • Established

    2013

  • Number of machines

    20

  • Capabilities

    SLS

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3D factory in UK
  • Established

    2014

  • Number of machines

    13

  • Capabilities

    SLA, FDM

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3D factory Texas
  • Established

    2015

  • Number of machines

    63

  • Capabilities

    MJF, FDM

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3D printing factory in Netherlands

  • Established

    2014

  • Number of machines

    5

  • Capabilities

    SLS

3D factory in Chicago

3D printing factory in Chicago

  • Established

    2013

  • Number of machines

    20

  • Capabilities

    SLS

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3D printing factory in United Kingdom

  • Established

    2014

  • Number of machines

    13

  • Capabilities

    SLA, FDM

3D factory Texas

3D printing factory in Texas

  • Established

    2015

  • Number of machines

    63

  • Capabilities

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FAQ's

How much does your 3D printing service cost?

We use machine learning algorithms to calculate the exact cost of any 3D print directly from a CAD file, based on millions of 3D printing orders we’ve previously processed. No more using clunky cost calculators, we can generate an exact quote for you instantly (well, in about 5 seconds).

This means you always know the price up front. Simply upload a CAD file to generate a quote: get an instant 3D printing quote. Our quotes are completely free, you only need to create an account so we can protect your IP.

It’s so easy to use that we encourage mechanical engineers to use it constantly as they optimise their designs for cost. Whenever you’ve made a new design iteration, simply load both the old and the new design into our quoting tool and see if the price is different.

This technology means our manufacturing partners also don’t need to do their own 3d print quotes, which means less overhead for them. This makes the whole process less expensive, which translates into lower prices for our customers.

How can I reduce the cost of my 3D prints?

The main costs associated with 3D printing are the number of unique parts, material cost, individual part volume and post-processing requirements. To reduce costs you need to understand the impact of these factors on cost.

The most obvious tip for reducing the cost is to reduce the amount of material used. This can be achieved by reducing the size of your model, hollowing it out, and eliminating the need for support structures.

The second most important tip is to choose the right process for the job. In general, FDM is the most economical 3D printing process for very low volumes (1-10 pieces). SLS, MJF and SLA are more expensive at low volumes, but share similar price ranges and are generally more competitive than FDM for orders of 10 or more pieces. Metal 3D printing is much more expensive than plastic 3D printing.

The third tip is to design parts correctly. Each 3D printing technology has its own benefits and limitations, which affect the affordability of certain design choices. We have many resources to help you design parts correctly for each different process:

To learn more, read our full guide on how to reduce the cost of 3D printing.

How do you select the exact manufacturer for my prints?

We use algorithms to identify the best manufacturer in our network for your specific order, based on their proximity to you, their experience with similar parts and their available capacity right now. This allows us to balance our customers’ demands for speed, cost and quality better than ever before.

How do you guarantee the quality of my prints?

In manufacturing you’re only as good as your last order, so we take quality seriously.

We don’t just accept anyone into our network of manufacturing partners, we have a rigorous supplier vetting process and only accept top-performing partners to ensure we continue to deliver the highest quality parts to our customers. We also have people on the ground completing regular quality checks of our partners’ facilities.

We include a comprehensive, standardized inspection report with every order to ensure quality metrics are being met, and offer a first article inspection service on orders of 100+ units.

We also have multiple certifications available on request, including but not limited to ISO9001, ISO13485 and AS9100.

Follow this link to read more about our quality assurance measures.

How do I select the right 3D printing process for my prints?

There are multiple processes and materials available, which means there are many ways you can approach this problem.

By material: if you already know which material you would like to use, selecting a 3D printing process is relatively easy, as only a few technologies can produce parts from the same materials.

By use case: once you know whether the part needs to be functional or visually appealing, choosing a process is relatively easy. As a rule of thumb, thermoplastic polymer parts are better suited for functional applications while thermosets are best suited for visual appearance.

For a full overview of both these selection methods you can read our guide to selecting the right 3D printing process, but in the end the best way to learn about which process is best for which applications is simply to learn about the processes themselves. We have a wide range of resources to help you with exactly this.

Read our introduction to FDM 3D printing to learn about the most widely used 3D Printing technology. FDM is the first technology most people are exposed to as it’s the most common process for early and low-volume prototyping.

Read our introduction to SLS 3D printing to learn about the powder bed fusion family of 3D printing processes. Both SLS and MJF are great for functional and high-fidelity prototypes.

Read our introduction to SLA 3D printing to learn about the vat photopolymerization family of processes. SLA is ideal for small, smooth and visually impressive prints.

Finally, read out introduction to metal 3D printing to learn about Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), two metal 3D printing processes in the powder bed fusion 3D printing family. Metal 3D printing is commonly used for design verification of metal parts or as an alternative to CNC machining for low volumes or complex parts.

Where can I learn more about 3D printing?

3D Hubs was started by mechanical engineers and we have many more engineers and technicians in our team. Together we’ve written a lot of content on 3D printing over the years. You can find a selection of resources below, or you can head to our knowledge hub and filter on 3D printing to read case studies, in-depth design guidelines, explanations of processes and surface finishes, and even information on how to create and use CAD files.

We’ve also written a complete engineering guide to 3D printing, which has been updated for 2020. Here you can learn about how the many different kinds of 3D printers work and the different materials available, so you can easily compare their benefits & limitations. You’ll also learn the basic design rules and the most common applications of each technology.

3D printing resources for engineers

Handbook sample-cover

The 3D Printing Handbook by 3D Hubs

Our founders literally ‘wrote the book’ on 3D printing.

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3D Printing vs. CNC machining

3D printing vs. CNC machining

Learn about the practical differences of CNC machining and 3D Printing and how to select the right technology for manufacturing end-use parts and functional prototypes.

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PLA vs. ABS: What's the difference?

PLA vs. ABS: What's the difference?

PLA and ABS are the most popular materials on 3D Hubs. This comparison will help you select the best option for your project.

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Dimensional accuracy of 3D printed parts

Dimensional accuracy of 3D printed parts

This article presents the expected dimensional accuracy of parts produced via 3D printing and discusses why part inaccuracies occur.

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Key design considerations for 3D Printing

Key design considerations for 3D printing

A list of things to keep in mind when designing a model for 3D printing - regardless of the technology that you will be printing with.

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How to design Snap-fit Joints for 3D Printing

How to design snap-fit joints for 3D printing

This guide discusses the benefits of 3D printing snap-fits and gives design and material recommendations.

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SLA 3D Printing materials compared

SLA 3D printing materials compared

Compare the main SLA 3D printing resins - standard, tough, durable, heat resistant, rubber-like, dental and castable - by material properties and find the best option for your application.

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3D Printing STL files: A step-by-step guide

3D printing STL files: A step-by-step guide

Learn how to avoid low quality prints or unnecessarily large 3D files by exporting your STL file in the correct resolution.

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Selecting the optimal shell and infill parameters for FDM 3D Printing

Selecting the optimal shell and infill parameters for FDM 3D printing

Shell and infill properties impact the performance and cost of FDM 3D printing. Learn how to optimize these features for your 3D printed part

Read article
Handbook sample-cover

The 3D Printing Handbook by 3D Hubs

Our founders literally ‘wrote the book’ on 3D printing.

Read article
3D Printing vs. CNC machining

3D printing vs. CNC machining

Learn about the practical differences of CNC machining and 3D Printing and how to select the right technology for manufacturing end-use parts and functional prototypes.

Read article
PLA vs. ABS: What's the difference?

PLA vs. ABS: What's the difference?

PLA and ABS are the most popular materials on 3D Hubs. This comparison will help you select the best option for your project.

Read article
Dimensional accuracy of 3D printed parts

Dimensional accuracy of 3D printed parts

This article presents the expected dimensional accuracy of parts produced via 3D printing and discusses why part inaccuracies occur.

Read article
Key design considerations for 3D Printing

Key design considerations for 3D printing

A list of things to keep in mind when designing a model for 3D printing - regardless of the technology that you will be printing with.

Read article
How to design Snap-fit Joints for 3D Printing

How to design snap-fit joints for 3D printing

This guide discusses the benefits of 3D printing snap-fits and gives design and material recommendations.

Read article
SLA 3D Printing materials compared

SLA 3D printing materials compared

Compare the main SLA 3D printing resins - standard, tough, durable, heat resistant, rubber-like, dental and castable - by material properties and find the best option for your application.

Read article
3D Printing STL files: A step-by-step guide

3D printing STL files: A step-by-step guide

Learn how to avoid low quality prints or unnecessarily large 3D files by exporting your STL file in the correct resolution.

Read article
Selecting the optimal shell and infill parameters for FDM 3D Printing

Selecting the optimal shell and infill parameters for FDM 3D printing

Shell and infill properties impact the performance and cost of FDM 3D printing. Learn how to optimize these features for your 3D printed part

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