We’ve got nothing against 3D Hubs- they provide a much-needed service for some projects. Some, not all. If you’re not sure whether you want to select a 3D printing services that meet your specific needs, like 3D Printing Canada, or simply outsource it to 3D Hubs to get the job done, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s review the most important parts of choosing a 3D printing producer so that you can make an informed decision about your project.
Number of Vendors
When you work with 3D Printing Canada, you’re exclusively working with, well... 3D Printing Canada. On the contrary, 3D Hubs may shop out your production request to multiple vendors. Save yourself the coordination and communication headaches and just keep it simple when it comes to vendors- you only need one to get the job done! The more complex the project, the messier having multiple vendors can be.
That said, if you only have one piece that you need 3D printed, you don’t need to worry about this.
Tailored Design Feedback
The benefit of working with an industry leader like 3D Printing Canada is that they provide expert feedback on design submissions. Years of technical knowledge means that you can trust their staff to finetune and polish your designs for optimal printing and function. It’s nice to have another set of eyes on your work to catch any potential mistakes or quality compromising elements.
Unfortunately, simply submitting a job through 3D Hubs doesn’t guarantee an expert producer, nor is it common to receive feedback on designs. What you submit is what you get, for better or for worse. If you’re ultra-confident in your designs, this isn’t a big deal, although everyone could benefit from an expert opinion.
If you’re based in Canada, it’s important to support Canadian businesses. As a bonus, it’s much less of a hassle to deal with shipping with a Canadian company- it will be less expensive because you can avoid international tax, currency conversion rates, and duty fees, plus, it’ll probably get to you much faster! 3D Hubs outsources without regard to geographic location, so be mindful of these potential hidden costs.
Signing Non-Disclosure Agreements
3D Printing Canada has years of experience in the 3D printing industry, so agreeing to NDA’s is a no-brainer. They care about protecting your company’s intellectual property and you can trust them to treat your project with the utmost confidentiality. 3D Hubs contracts are held to no such standard, as some producers may not agree to sign them. It can also be harder to trust a random contractor online.
Clearly, while 3D Hubs might be convenient, 3D Printing Canada has a lot of important qualities that can expedite and improve your 3D printing production experience. Not to mention, your design secrets are safe with them!
If you think 3D Printing Canada would be a good fit for your next project, why not get a quote instantly for our 3D Printing Services.