Become a Manufacturing Partner

Looking to offer your 3D Printing, CNC Cutting, Sheet metal, and/or CNC Machining services to a local and global customer network through the Prototype Hubs platform? Here are a few things you need to know before signing up as a trusted Prototype Hubs Manufacturing Partner.

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Supported Manufacturing Partner Countries

Since Prototype Hubs uses Stripe as our exclusive automated merchant transaction provider, we are limited to making pay outs only to Manufacturing Partners in the countries that Stripe supports. The current Manufacturing Partner Stripe supported countries are:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Prototype Hubs will continue to update the supported Manufacturing Partner country list as Stripe continues to add new supported countries. Please visit https://stripe.com/global for more details on supported Stripe countries.

Manufacturing Partner Production Test

During the sign up process, all non-ISO certified Manufacturing Partners will be required to complete a small Prototype Hubs Production Test part before being able to offer their manufacturing services on the Prototype Hubs platform. If your company is ISO certified, you will not be required to produce a Production Test part.

3D Printing Manufacturing Partner

To access the 3D Printing test part, you can download it here or you can download the test file from the Manufacturing Partner Production Test page after logging into your account. Although we do not require you to physically ship us the completed part, you will have to upload high resolution photos of the finished test part through your dashboard during the sign up process.

3D Printing Production Test part.
3D Printing Manufacturing Partner Production Test part. Designed in collaboration with MiniWorld 3D.

CNC Cutting & Sheet Metal Manufacturing Partner

To access the CNC Cutting test part, you can download it here or you can download the test file from the Manufacturing Partner Production Test page after logging into your account. Although we do not require you to physically ship us the completed part, you will have to upload high resolution photos of the finished test part through your dashboard during the sign up process. For the different CNC Cutting methods we require:

  • CNC Plasma Cutting – any material equal to or greater than 0.25″ (in) or 6 mm.
  • CNC Laser Cutting – any material equal to or greater than 0.125′ (in) or 3 mm.
  • CNC Waterjet Cutting – any material equal to or greater than 0.5″ (in) or 12 mm.
CNC Cutting Production Test part.
CNC Cutting Manufacturing Partner Production Test Part.

Manufacturing Partner Accounts

Prototype Hubs offers 3 variations of Manufacturing Partner Accounts:

Free Account – Free

As a default, when you first sign up as a Manufacturing Partner on the Prototype Hubs platform, you will be set up with a Free Manufacturing Partner Account. For details regarding Order Fees for a Free Account, please refer to the Manufacturing Partner Terms of Use documentation.

Enhanced Account – Yearly or Monthly Subscription

Enhanced Account- Annual or Monthly Subscriptions available.
• $10USD/month billed annually.
• $14USD/month billed monthly.
See Pricing Page
To sign up for an Enhanced Manufacturing Partner Account, first register as a Free Manufacturing Partner and then upgrade your account once you are logged into your Manufacturing Partner dashboard. For details regarding Order Fees for an Enhanced Account, please refer to the Manufacturing Partner Terms of Use documentation.

Premium Account – Yearly or Monthly Subscription

Premium Account- Annual or Monthly Subscriptions available.
• $53USD/month billed annually.
• $75USD/month billed monthly.
See Pricing Page
To sign up for an Enhanced Manufacturing Partner Account, first register as a Free Manufacturing Partner and then upgrade your account once you are logged into your Manufacturing Partner dashboard. For details regarding Order Fees for a Premium Account, please refer to the Manufacturing Partner Terms of Use documentation.

This article was last updated on December 27, 2020.

Acceptable CNC Cutting CAD Files

With many different CAD software programs being used by hobbyists, engineers, and the makerspace community, Prototype Hubs aims to offer a range of acceptable 2D CAD file types. If you would like to see more accepted file types in the future, please let us know here.

Accepted CNC Cutting Files

Below is a list of all supported CNC Cutting file upload types to the Prototype Hubs site:

  • Binary DXF
    • 2018, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2000 Binary DXF
    • R14, R13, R12, R10 Binary DXF
  • ASCII DXF
    • 2018, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2000 ASCII DXF
    • R14, R13, R12, R10, R9 ASCII DXF
  • DWG
    • 2018, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2000 DWG
    • R14, R13, R12 DWG

We accept DXF and DWG files that have been exported in inches (in), millimeters (mm), and centimeters (cm).

This article was last updated on March 25, 2021.

Acceptable 3D Printing CAD Files

With many different CAD software programs being used by hobbyists, engineers, and the maker community, Prototype Hubs aims to offer a wide range of acceptable 3D CAD file types for 3D printing. If you would like to see more accepted file types in the future, please let us know here.

Accepted 3D Printing Files

Below is a full list of all supported 3D Printing file upload types to the Prototype Hubs site:

  • Binary STL
  • ASCII STL
  • 3MF
  • OBJ
  • STEP
  • STP
  • IGES
  • IGS

Currently, we accept STL, 3MF, and OBJ files that have been exported in millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm), and inches.

This article was last updated on March 25, 2021.