RP Marketplace is an online platform designed for businesses to source and manage professional rapid prototyping services.

Over the course of the last couple of months, the team at RP Marketplace has been rounding up 3D printing service providers for their website aimed at letting businesses access services, post their projects, receive bids, and fund and manage their projects through an integrated secure escrow payment system.

One neat feature is the ability for buyers to create project milestones for a particular job, each of which can be funded and completed individually.

Steven Jaffe, Founder and CEO of RP Marketplace, is convinced that his service will change the way small businesses manage and create their prototypes.

"Our goal is to streamline the process of sourcing professional rapid prototyping services for small to medium size businesses that don't have the time or money to setup and maintain top-of-the-line machinery needed to produce professional prototypes," said Jaffe. "One of the ways RP Marketplace has done that is by integrating helpful tips into the bidding and hiring process. These not only educate buyers about the types of rapid prototyping services available, but also provide useful information about the suggested materials and printers, as well as what differentiates each supplier."

With more than 25 professional service suppliers already on board, RP Marketplace says buyers can access service providers ranging from mid-size, niche prototyping companies, to larger engineering firms who offer a wide range of in-house design and prototyping services.

Jaffe says that, while at least at this point RP Marketplace is concentrating on professional 3D printing and design services, his company will expand into other rapid prototyping-related service markets such as 3D scanning, rapid injection molding, and rapid casting.