How do you get a part 3D Printed?

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You keep hearing about 3D printing and seeing videos and pictures of amazing parts, but how do you get your part 3D printed? This task can seem daunting.

Do I need my own 3D printer? How much will that cost? Can someone print it for me? The answer to the last question is yes, and that someone could be, Re3dTech.

Re3dTech is a 3D printing/additive manufacturing service provider. Our expertise is in the design and production of 3D printed parts, but Re3dTech doesn’t sell the machines themselves. As a 3D printing service provider, we print parts to meet end-user’s unique specifications and are considered a job shop or contract manufacturer in the additive industry.

Now that you know a company can produce your parts, what is the next step? Your part needs to be designed in CAD (computer aided design) software, like Solidworks or Autodesk Fusion 360. If your part is not designed in CAD software, then a design firm or a service provider may offer that capability. Re3dTech also offers CAD design services.

A couple of decisions still need to be made before you get your quote and print your part.

  • What material should you select for your part?
  • Which printing technology should you choose?

Wow, again with the decisions. This article has been written to keep things simple and that is how we’re going to keep it.

First, is the part plastic or metal? Second, do I need one piece or a few, or do I need hundreds or possibly thousands? Material choices can seem limitless and there are hundreds of technology options. Working with a trusted service provider can point you in the right direction. At Re3dTech, we print both plastic and metal parts. Two of the most cutting edge technologies we run are Markforged and the HP Jet Fusion printers.

If you need a part as strong as some metals, choose a Markforged carbon fiber part. If you need high detail, movement, fully functional plastic parts from one-piece prototypes to thousands, choose the HP Jet Fusion option. Other service providers have different technologies and materials.

Time to get the quote and have your part design turned into a tangible 3D printed object. Wait! One last thing before you submit your design for a quote. How do you know your design will be safe and confidential? Again, working with a trusted provider goes a long way. At Re3dTech every part file and project is kept confidential. If you desire, we are always willing to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) with anyone who wants the added commitment to privacy.

OK, now to the quote. Go to the website of your chosen service provider, Re3dTech, and start the quote process. Some providers have an instant quote system; others like us, provide a quote quickly once we review the part. The file should be transferred as an STL or step file.

Now that you have received your digital quote, complete the order process and your part will be put in the production schedule. Your part will often ship within 3 to 4 days. Your idea has now turned into a 3D printed part.



My partner and I approached David at Re3dtech with our project and were greeted with kind and caring service. Throughout the last couple of months we have placed several orders in varying size and were even able to sit down with David and the owner to discuss our needs as a small business. Through this sit down we saw their passion for assisting both small and large clients in achieving their goals. We even had a hiccup with a batch of prints that was immediately addressed and remedied with precision and care. I almost don't want to recommend these guys because I feel like I have stumbled upon a hidden gem in 3D printing services and selfishly want to keep it to myself. Jokes aside we will be continuing our business relationship with the folks there and look forward to growing our order quantities and business with their help.
Re3DTech was instrumental in helping us get our product, Stroba™, to market faster! We needed a technology that could do snap fits and looks and feels as close the injection molded part as possible, and Re3D Tech was there for us. We used SOLIDWORKS Make to get in touch originally, upload models directly, and sign an NDA directly with their excellent team. It was really simple and easy to use their quoting tool as well. Excellent prices, excellent lead times, and superior quality are perfect words to describe our experience with Re3DTech. We went through many prototypes for Stroba™, and we at Goodfriend Innovations™ use Re3DTech for our other rapid prototyping jobs to help get our additional productions out to market faster than the competition. 5 Stars
I provided RE3DTECH three laser scanned ".stl" files for 3-D printing of prototypes. I used their on-line quote and file delivery process. The file acceptance and resultant quote were returned quickly. The parts were received at the quoted time. The parts are quite complex with many holes, angles, curvatures and notches. Each of the parts came out identical to the scanned parts dimensionally and passed the form/fit/function test in the upper level assembly. RE3DTECH has a high quality business process and produces high quality products. I will use them for future prototyping projects and recommend RE3DTECH.
Re3dtech is one of the most honest and reputable companies we have done business with. We decided to look into options for getting parts made in the USA for the retail market. It was awesome to find a local company with humble staff looking to provide their services meeting our criteria, not to mention meeting the Re3tech crew face to face and checking out their operation. Peter was very honest, knowledgable about design. Peter's creative element made working with him a great pleasure. Jim's flexibility was a breath of fresh air and greatly appreciated. CentralSound is proud to scratch the surface with Made in the USA parts in the retail market now, thanks to Re3dtech. Hope to do more business with them in the future.
Re3dtech has consistently delivered the best service I have ever received in the industry. Their response time is unmatched and they always stand by their parts and quality. They regularly make me look like an all star at my job.
It is always a pleasure to have a vendor that provides quality, experience, and always shows as much care for your order, and your product as you do!