There are more ways than ever to have something 3D printed, even if someone doesn’t own their own 3D printer. Not only are local 3D printing service centers popping up in record numbers all over the world, but large retail chains have begun offering in-store 3D printing services, record numbers of libraries are opening makerspaces and of course there are dozens of companies on the internet that can be used. But it isn’t always as easy as picking a website to deal with and sending them a file. There are always other factors involved, including the type of material that is needed and what service is going to offer the best price. Pricing can often be wildly different from service to service, based on factors such as the size of the company, their proximity to you and how much they charge for the desired materials.
But a new service set to launch in January looks to be the answer to all of that uncertainty. 3Dprintler is a global price search engine for 3D printing that allows users to upload any 3D printable file and find the best price from several of the largest 3D printing service providers around. 3Dprintler has partnered with companies like Sculpteo, makexyz, i.materialise and now the largest online printing service Shapeways to compare their prices, turn around times, shipping costs and material options. Shapeways processes over 200,000 print jobs a month, and are probably one of the most well known 3D printing companies in the industry. By teaming up with 3Dprintler they will ensure that their customers, even new users, will be able to get the best deal possible.
The process really couldn’t be much simpler, users simply upload their STL file into the 3DPrintler search engine. There they can choose from over 250 different 3D printing materials and processes, including standard PLA, ABS, advanced materials like Nylon or polycarbonates and even precious metals. Then simply select the size of the desired print and 3Dprintler will bring back pricing for the file from all of their partners so users can select the provider that matches their budget. Users don’t even need to leave 3Dprintler to place their order, it can be done on-site without any complications.
As the company explains:
“The 3Dprintler website is disruptive in the way it connects consumers to popular 3D printing services. 3Dprintler gives you complete control by letting you search by price, material, finishes, colour, and more.
3Dprintler is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Upload your design file.
- Choose from 256+ materials.
- Compare prices & place your order through 3Dprintler.”
3Dprintler will officially be launching at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas from January 6th to the 9th. The company will be set up at the Eureka Park startup pavilion at booth #80655 where they will be on hand to show off their service, answer questions about their process and will even be entertaining investment offers.
3Dprintler recently turned down a significant seven-figure investment because the company was unsure about their ability to maintain control of their company, and protect their users. In a recent blog post, 3Dprintler CEO Michael Golubev wrote about his decision to forgo investment funding until a better fit came along, and exactly what criteria he uses to determine if an investor is right for his company.
“At the end of the day, the value proposition of 3Dprintler is so good that we choose to be free and continuing bootstrapping our business until we find a suitable investment offer,” Golubev explained. “We’re lucky because we can turn down that kind of money. We haven’t reached the end of our runway—yet. The possibilities are still out there that we might find the right investor.”
He also provided new startups who may be reading with some advice that he’s picked up over the years to help them better navigate the difficult waters of finding the right investor. In addition to Golubev, 3Dprintler was founded by Content manager Anja Pujic, and developer Charlie Leduc, the team that helped launch the successful open-source 3D printed hydroponics system 3DPonics, so he’s got a pretty good idea of exactly what he’s talking about.
Here is a quick 3DPrintler introduction video:
If you’re in the market for 3D printing services then you can give 3Dprintler a try here, or if you’re an investor interested in working with them then you can contact 3DPrintler through their investment page here. And if you’ll be attending CES 2016 next month then make sure that you stop by the 3Dprintler booth and say hi. Discuss this new service in the 3DPrintler forum on 3DPB.com.