TCT Magazine Article – How To Build a 3D Printing Bureau

Recently TCT Magazine spoke to their readership to ask them what it takes to build a successful 3D printing service bureau for any focus or industry (including jewellery). The results make for an excellent read, with some invaluable advice.

Advice from Nick Allen at 3D Print UK
Advice from Nick Allen at 3D Print UK

TCT Magazine – How to Build a 3D Printing Bureau


As for my thoughts on the article: I wholeheartedly agree with their thoughts on trust and reliability being the most vital issues. But I would add something else that was not mentioned into this article– the classic concept of underpromising and overdelivering. If you’re going to run any manufacturing equipment day in and day out, you must be prepared for the machines to break down or for a job to produce a surprising result. Therefore, it has always seemed to me any company offering to turn around pieces too quickly either has an enormous capacity they’re not fully using, or they’re running a dangerous game, or both.


Bespoke jewellery designer, and specialist in jewellery CAD/CAM and emergent technologies that affect jewellery.

2 thoughts on “TCT Magazine Article – How To Build a 3D Printing Bureau

  • 27 September, 2017 at 4:35 am

    please send me 3D Printing stl file and training pdf about designing with Rhino

    • 29 September, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Hamed:

      I’m afraid all I can offer you remotely for training is my video tutorials.

      But that should help.

      Beyond that, I offer training in London. I don’t know if that is helpful, but I am not at the present time able to offer remote training on account of local training obligations.




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