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3D printing services are companies that offer 3D printing solutions to consumers, engineers, the medical and construction industries, and others. 3D printing services range from rapid prototyping to 3D printed gifts and specialty items. There are several companies that offer 3D printing services, such as Shapeways, Sculpteo, and WhiteClouds.

How 3D Printing Services Work

A user can upload one of their own 3D designs, typically in an STL file format, or choose a design created by the company. The user then purchases the 3D object or part and the 3D printing company prints the designs on one of their printers and ships it to the customer.

The Rise of 3D Printing Services

As 3D printing technology improves and becomes more affordable, many companies are popping up, either providing 3D printing services, or producing affordable 3D printers. There are several industrial-strength printers that allow companies to produce high-quality parts, including for the automotive and aerospace industries. For consumers, people are finding the customization of 3D printables as a way to show individuality at an affordable price.