Monday, 8 May 2017

Why I voted for 3DPRINTUK

3D Printing Industry "The Authority on 3D Printing" are organising their industry awards and entreating readers to vote...

In the 3D Printing Bureau section there are two manufacturers, a portal and Shapeways offered as service bureaus that you might choose from.

I am not impressed.

I could list a whole bunch of bureaus that I consider our direct competition and all of them are better bureaus than anything this list offers.

My hastily compiled list would consist mostly of small bureaus providing professional services. The most important word there is service and this is the one attribute I would not ascribe to 3D Printing Industry's nominated bureaus.

Stratasys and 3D Systems both offer lumbering bureaus that can only compete with bureaus offering a decent service because they don't have to pay exorbitant costs of machines and consumables. If you are not a sizeable corporate they really are not going to be interested.

3D Hubs is not a bureau. 

While Shapeways has done much to offer a diverse range of 3D printing technologies at low cost,it is entirely consumer focused and offers little in the way of professional services. 

Good service bureaus create relationships with customers. They help them to prepare data, they advise on the best technologies and materials, they usually advise on how to produce parts at lower costs and they print and finish high quality parts and they do all this quickly and efficiently. 

I voted for 3DPRINTUK because they are a better 3D printing bureau than any of the other options on offer.

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