Does anyone have any experience using an online rapid prototyping service? Any recommendations? I have a couple of parts I need to have made, but not sure where the best place to go would be.
I have used http://www.quickparts.com/ with great success.
I've used www.redeyeondemand.com for their 3D printed thermoplastic parts. They are owned by Stratasys and provide the service side of 3D printed prototypes and low-volume parts.
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+1 for Redeye
Good for low volume parts and they will expedite, price is reasonable.
Kelvin, you might want to ask Javelin for a quote next time.
we usually use Fine Line Prototyping (http://www.finelineprototyping.com/) because they have the best resoultion we have found (down to +/-.001" in some cases - which isn't always good enough for our parts). and they have an online quote tool.
I created a free account using www.mfg.com It's a service that allows you to post your part up on their site and all vendors can quote you what it will cost based on what your looking for. For simple models I've used http://robotthecompany.com/ generally the lowest pricese I've found. Hope that helps.
It can depend on where you are based too for fast service and what is important to you.
Some of the services recommend are good but sometimes turnaround time can be long and ease of use can be difficult.
There is a starting community of smaller 3d Printing companies around the world to offer quick turn around, fast(online automatic quoting) of 3d models.
Although some services appear to be focused on the consumer the core machines and additive manufacturing technology is the same.
As an example I can recommend checking out www.kraftwurx.com in the US. you can get instant quotes and order within minutes.
They are starting this community and service, we are apart of this in Australia. I recommend all keeping an eye on this as it can offer extremely fast turnarounds as the company that prints it may be right next door to you without you knowing, and on a feel good note it's also good to support your local businesses
If you( or anyone else) would like more information please feel free to PM me.
We have had good luck with ForeCast 3D. They are based in Southern California.
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