3D Printing Ally was formed in July of 2013 with one goal,

To bring 3D printing to all manufacturing companies big and small.

3D printing can help any size company save time and money with manufacturing aids like:

Design communication for complex parts - Let your programmers, toolmakers and machinists hold a sample part to get a better visualization of what’s needed.

Drill jigs - Hold .010” true position using a drill press.

Assembly fixtures - Securely hold any shaped parts in place for safe assembly.

Inspection fixtures - Hold parts in the optimal position for inspecting in one operation.

Sample parts for CMM programming - Have programs written and proven before the parts show up.

Check fixtures - Verify part numbers on families of similar parts.

5S, 6S and Lean Manufacturing aids - Place tools where they're needed and know when they’re missing.

Short run tooling for forming aluminum - Hydro and brake press tooling.

Robotic end of arm tooling - Quickly develop and implement new tooling for robotic cells

Light duty machining fixtures for odd shaped parts - Part supports and soft jaws

Custom machine guards and personal safety guards - Keep hands out of dangerous areas in any situation

Vacuum form tooling - Quickly develop and implement tooling for light and heavy gage applications.



what we offer..


● 3D modeling

● 3D scanning

● 3D printing

● Reverse engineering

● Inspection

● Secondary operations (sanding, smoothing and (coming soon) chroming)

3D Printing Ally isn’t just another service bureau. We are committed to partnering up with our customers to find the best design, process and material to fit their needs. Our engineering team can manage large projects as well as offer advice on a single part.

No project is too big or too small. We don’t have minimum orders so you can save hundreds of dollars on smaller part runs over the larger bureaus.

Flexible ship dates can also save you money. If you allow us 10 working days to ship your parts we will discount your order 3%. This gives us the maximum flexibility to group builds together to save on machine time.

We will also produce ship sets of parts to your schedule. Stop stocking plastic parts and have them produced and delivered when you need them. JIT (Just In Time) Manufacturing can save your company thousands of dollars a year.


Our Equipment:

3D Printing Ally has multiple technologies in house so that we can be your single source for all

of your 3D printing needs. For more information click on the links below or visit our education page.


Equipment Description Build Material
Stratasys Fortus 400mc Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Multiple material choices for strong and stable tooling applications

16 x 14 x 16 inches (406 x 355 x 406 mm)

ABS Poly­carbonate ULTEM 9085

3D Systems SPro 60 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Tough, durable parts and patterns.

15 x 13 x 18 inches (381 x 330 x 457 mm)

DuraForm® PA Plastic (nylon)

3D Systems ProJet 7000 Stereolitho­graphy(SLA)

Better detail accuracy and resolution than any comparable technology

15 x 15 x 10 inches (380 x 380 x 250 mm)

VisiJet SL Clear

3D Systems ProJet 3500 (Multijet)

(Coming soon)

High quality, durable plastic parts for engineering and mechanical design applications

11.75 x 7.3 x 8 inches (298 x 185 x 203 mm)

VisiJet M3

3D Systems ZPrinter 650

Full color conceptual models

10 x 15 x 8 inches (254 x 381 x 203 mm)

zp 150

3D scanning, design and consulting services available to help you implement 3D printing into your company.





First off there are a number of terms used to describe the technology. The most common ones are:

● 3D Printing

● Additive Manufacturing (AM)

● Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM)

● Rapid Prototyping (RP)

They all have different origins, but the same definition: a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.

The industry standard is Additive Manufacturing. This is how it will be referred to in specifications issued by ANSI and ISO.


1. Additivemanufacturing.com has a really good basics page that describes most of the common processes.

2. 3dprintingindustry.com is a great newsletter to follow. They cover a very wide range of topics related to 3D printing.

3. Stratasys has a white paper titled How to Design Your Part for Direct Digital Manufacturing.


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Please get in touch with us for additional information about 3D Printing Ally and our services. We're based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota but accept global work. Call Us at (612) 567-6219.