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What Are the Top 3D Printing Websites That Can Print Objects for You?

By Staff Writter

What Are the Top 3D Printing Websites That Can Print Objects for You?

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3D printing websites are popping up everywhere online, especially ones where you can have an item printed, then sent to you via snail mail. While Amazon may be the leader in that right now, you have some other sites you may want to consider if you're not interested in buying a consumer 3D printer at the moment. With the accessibility of these sites, you can gain access to just about any item consumer 3D printers currently make, plus a little more.

Shapeways

This is easily the best known website next to Amazon now that allows you to order items made off a 3D printer. They've become like an Amazon.com on their own, with the exception being everything made there is original from 10,000 different designers. You can buy everything from jewelry, gadgets, games, to miniature figurines. It doesn't get more comprehensive, and they still hire designers to join in the design team.

With 30 different materials at your disposal and easy shipping, you can see why Shapeways has become one of the leading sources for 3D printing. 

i.Materialize

This site is growing more in popularity, even if some may not know about it as much as Shapeways. They offer fewer materials to print from (17), though they let you directly sell your items through their site at your own set rate. They have a design consultancy team there so you can get expert pointers on how to create. Plus, they have support features so you can make the creation and selling process more collaborative.

Sculpteo

You don't have to worry about this site running out of stock in the 3D-printed items they sell, because they guarantee enough items for everybody. That's one of the true benefits of 3D printing in the ability to mass produce without worrying about expensive production costs. With thousands of objects ready to print, you have plenty to find here, including letting you upload your own 3D print files for sales. You can upload in virtually any format as well so you don't have to worry about being left out.

Ponoko

Ponoko now offers laser cut designs on 3D printers, with over 80 materials to choose from. That might push them into the forefront before long since the complexity and details of their designs are quite amazing. They also help you along in creating 3D printed items for sale on their site. Along with being deemed the friendliest to their customers and designers, a lot of designers selling items there are becoming successful with their ventures on Kickstarter.

You can do the same with a lot of these websites as making money with 3D printing for entrepreneurs is stronger than ever. As the home market for 3D printers gets pushed a little further into the future, these sites are proving that making virtually anything with the technology is here and vibrant right now.