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3D Printing and prototypes

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For a small hobby project, I am looking for cheap way to print some models. Also, I don't have experience with designing the same so, wondering if there are good resources that can help me build models as well.

Do you have recommendation on 3D printing and helping with models?

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Andy Keil
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Andy Keil Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I can't speak to getting the models made but take a look at ProtoExchange here in Austin for getting something printed. They service may not be working where you're located but I could put you in touch with the founder in case he's able to make better recommendations.

They're a TechStars company.
Bill Kelley
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Bill Kelley Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Some of my Meetup peers go to events at

http://www.lamakerspace.com

where they have instruction and access to 3D printers, laser cutters, etc. I have no direct experience but it looks like a decent resource for you to try.

Jenda Michl
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Jenda Michl Entrepreneur
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Hi, I'd recommend contacting http://www.1028designs.com/ The owner, Mike, is a good guy. If they can't directly help you, I'm sure they can point you in a better direction. They do all kinds of advanced fabrication. Cheers! Jenda Michl Principal, Vertu Studio Inc [removed to protect privacy] vertustudio.com facebook.com/vertustudio flexsitbench.com linkedin.com/in/jendamichl
Parissa Behnia
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Parissa Behnia Entrepreneur
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I would like to refer you to Dima Elissa, CEO of ProofX, a 3D Printing company. Dima is also on Founder Dating.
Scott Harris
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Scott Harris Entrepreneur
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shapeways - http://www.shapeways.com/create?li=nav
Veronica Allen
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Veronica Allen Entrepreneur
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Looks like you're based in SF. I'd check out Techshopto see if you can do some hands-on learning about 3D printing.
Sara Frankel
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Sara Frankel Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Hi, There is a company called Sculpteo that does 3D printing to order. I haven't used it but I saw some work at a trade show and it looked really good. Best of luck! Sara [removed to protect privacy] Sent from my iPad
RJ Lincoln
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Hey there saw your note about 3D printing. There are a lot of websites out there that do quick turn 3D printing - QuickParts.com is probably the most common, cheapest and fastest turnaround. All you do is provide a solid model file to them (or a drawing if you don't have the capabilities) and they will help you make it. There is also a lot of local 3D printing houses, depending on your location. I see you're in the Bay area, I'm up in Seattle. What is the product if you don't mind me asking? I'm a mechanical engineer and I have a 3D printer, so I may be able to help you out. That will probably be quicker/cheaper then going to QuickParts if this is just something small for yourself. Let me know if you'd like help. Pretty swamped with work currently, but always looking for some fun side projects! Talk soon, RJ Lincoln Mechanical Engineer [removed to protect privacy] LinkedIn Profile
Gaurav Chawla
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Gaurav Chawla Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I have been working with - http://www.fictivmade.com/
Great guys to work with!
Steve Karmeinsky
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Steve Karmeinsky Entrepreneur • Advisor
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There are lots of 3D design packages and Autodesk even give a lot away for Android/iOS and desktop (though some have in-app purchase to be able to export to SDL format that 3D printers use).

There are lots of places that will take your object and pint it for you (Shapeways was mentioned above - they support lots of materials too).

Remember designing something for a 3D printer is nothing like designing it for injection moulding or other industrial processes - the tolerances and what you can/can't do are completely different!!1

Steve

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