Printer Manufactures & Distibutors
The 3D printing market for home consumers and hobbyists is taking off! With a wealth of 3D printers to choose from, you can find a printer regardless to budget. We have complied a list of manufactures and distributors, however it is important to do some research as to what you need before you purchase a printer.
- 3D Printers Online Store
- Wanhao USA
- Wanhao UK
- Makerbot Industries
- iMakr UK
Computer Aided Design Software – CAD
CAD software is essential if you wish to create your own designs or edit existing designs. Here is a list of a just a few that are available.
- Autodesk 123D Design – Free
- Autodesk Fusion 360 – Subscription Service
- Tinkercad – Free – Subscription Service
- Blender – Free
- Meshmixer – Free
- FreeCAD – Free
- Sketchup – Free – PRO 30 day trial
- Openscad – Free
- Onshape – Free/Paid
- Librecad – Free
- Sculptris – Free
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Slicing software is used to convert CAD files (.STL) over to G-Code or other variants of code used by the 3D printers as a set of instructions on how to complete a print. The user can set the temperature of the hot end or heated bed on the printer as well as set layer heights and whether to print support material for your 3D model.
You don’t have to be an expert in 3D design and design all your own models. You can find plenty of websites that offer 3D models for you to download and print, most are free but some premium models are paid for.
- Thingiverse – Free/Tip
- MyMiniFactory – Free/Tip
- The Forge – Free
- Yeggie – Search Engine
- NIH 3D Print Exchange – Free
- 3D Warehouse – Free (Note: not all models are printable)
- Tinkercad – Free
- CG trader – Pay
- STLFinder – Free
- Trinpy – Free/Pay
- Sketchfab – Free (Note: not all files are printable)
- Shapeways – Free/Pay
- Yobi3d – Search Engine
- Youmagine – Free
- Turbo Squid – Pay (Note: not all models are printable)
- Cults 3D – Free/Pay
- Pinshape – Free/Pay
- 3D CAD Browser – Free/Pay (Note: not all models are printable
- 123D App – Free
- Libre 3D – Free
- 3D Shook – Pay
- 3D Export – Pay
- 3D Export – Free
- tf3dm.com – Free
- Treat Stock – Pay
- Open 3D Model – Free (Note: not all models are printable)
- Archive3D – Free (Note: not all models are printable)
- 3D Content Central – Free (Note not all models are printable)
- Shapetizer – Pay
- GrabCAD – Free
- NASA.gov – Free
Filament Manufactures & Distibutors
There are many types of 3D filament available on the market, however it is important to know which one is best for you (PLA, ABS, PETG, NYLON to name a few) as well as choosing the right thickness. Most home printers require a filament of 1.75mm or 2.88mm, It is also important to know that some filament can produce some nasty fumes that can affect your health without proper ventilation.
- Rigid.ink – UK – International Shipping
- 3D Prima – EU
- Hobby King – International
- ColorFabb – International
- 3D Solutech – USA – International Shipping
- 3D Filaprint – UK – International Shipping
- Meltink – USA – International Shipping
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3D printing can be frustrating in the early days of setting up a new printer and can upset even a seasoned 3D Printing enthusiast, but can be very rewarding once you have ironed out the issues. Here is a list of troubleshooting support guides that we have found invaluable in our printing success.
3D Printing Services
Using a third party 3D printing service.
There are plenty of forums and groups out there with seasoned users who can offer you support, or even show off your 3D makes to. Here is just a few.
Do you have any recommendations for our list, or are you a someone who wishes to add your business or service? Then please don’t hesitate to send us a message via our Contact Form.
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