While 3D printing is one of the promising technologies, many designers and 3D experts eager to use the new technology to 3D print models and implement in their workflow. 3D printing technology can be used in different fields such as product design, rapid prototyping, or even printing your own model to sell it (3D Metal Printing in The Free Air by Joris Laarman).
One of the obstacles that face 3D designers is to reach a 3D printer to print the artwork. Some designers are lucky enough to buy a 3D printer or find a near 3D printing service. What about the rest of us? Well, you can still reach 3D prating service online through number of online websites that allows you to 3D print your models.
After printing your model, you can simple ship it back to you or sell it through the website store. In order to make your 3D model available for 3D printing, you need to export your 3D model as STL format. It is a CAD native format that can be produced by different 3D applications such as AutoCAD, Maya, and 3Ds Max…etc.
If you do not have any of the above applications, you can use any of the free 3D models from the Internet by importing it to Adobe Photoshop CC latest version. In its new update, Adobe Photoshop CC allows you to prepare your model for 3D printing and export it as STL format or upload it to Shapeways.com, one of the commonly used websites that provide 3D printing service for your models and sell it through the website shop.
The online 3D printing services gives you a wide variety of electing the materials that will be used in printing your models. You can choose between different plastic materials, bronze, and even steel. the 3D printing price depend on the material type and the complexity of the model. The most affordable printing materials are the plastics. Check What Are the Types of 3D Printing Technologies?
The below list shows five websites that provide 3D printing services for your models and sell it through their 3D models store.