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Q: 3d prints ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: 3d prints
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: chrissillikerovermin-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 16 Jun 2006 20:34 PDT
Expires: 16 Jul 2006 20:34 PDT
Question ID: 738858
I would like to know a website that will print 3d models drawn in C.A.D.
Subject: Re: 3d prints
Answered By: eiffel-ga on 17 Jun 2006 04:18 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi chrissillikerovermin-ga,

There are now a number of online service bureaus who can print
three-dimensional objects from CAD diagrams.

Redeye Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing claims to have the world's
largest installtion of rapid prototyping machines. They offer a wide
range of options, depending whether your material needs to be stiff or
flexible, plain or colored, opaque or translucent, smooth or rough,

Redeye FAQ:

Redeye overview, tour and instructions to obtain quotes:

A different kind of service is offered by Advanced Technology, who are
resellers for the Dimension 3d printer. They write:

  "Our 3D Printing services are designed to help you
   evaluate the benefits of owning a Dimension 3D printer
   for "on-demand" 3D printing. We charge $40 per cu. in.
   of material used and our prices are generally up to
   50% lower than typical SLA service charges."

"Advanced Technology 3D print services online quote":

You could also consider Sherpa Design, who claim that they "can often
quote and produce your part in 24 hours":

"Sherpa Design 3d printing":

ArtToPart can produce 3d output from CAD designs using either STL or
3D printing technologies:

"Art to part rapid prototyping":

There are a number of different technologies for producing 3d models
from a CAD drawing, including stereolithography (SLA). The lowest cost
method is "3d printing" and comprises essentially a dot-matrix printer
that prints with glue or plastic instead of ink and uses multiple
passes to build up a 3d model. Here's a page describing the difference
between 3d printing and other 3d prototyping technologies:

"3D printers and rapid prototyping":

Your CAD files will need to be submitted in STL format, which has
become the de-facto standard for 3d printing. STL represents the
surface of an object as interlocking triangles. All serious modern CAD
packages can save in STL format provided your design represents a
solid 3d object. Here are some instructions for producing STL format
files from CAD software:


"STL file specifications":

I trust this provides the information you require. If not, please
request clarification.


Additional Links:

Image gallery showing examples of 3d printing:

Arptech FAQ:
(This is an Australian site, and I assume you're not in Australia.
Nevertheless their FAQ has much useful information.)

Google Search Strategy:

3d printers

3d printing service cad
chrissillikerovermin-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Best help ever. Google is the King of the net!

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