Unfortunately, most locales don’t have such services scattered around town like FedEx drops or Staples big-box stores where you can stop in and get your business done locally. You have to use a remote printing service via the Internet.
You have many, many choices. Some of them are large, well-known operations, like Shapeways or Ponoko, dedicated to the service. Others may be offshoots of engineering or architectural firms that happen to have a not-quite-fully-occupied device. But there’s another option: small, home-based print services.
It is quite possible for a knowledgeable individual to acquire the right equipment and set up a 3D print service right from their home. One such operation is Bradley Rigdon’s PrintTo3D service, which he operates part-time whilst working at a local machine shop.
Why use a service like this? Well, there are some advantages to dealing with a small business that might meet your needs:
- Lower costs
- Possibly faster turnaround
- Highly personalized service
- High volume
- Absolutely guaranteed delivery
- Varied material requirements