Are you good at design? Maybe selling 3D design could be a big money making opportunity for you. 3D printing is getting so popular nowadays, there are quite a few online marketplaces selling 3D designed gadgets, jewellery, or gift items. Some of these sites only tell you how much you can earn, how much they will charge… those are great for seasoned designers who know their stuff well. However, if you are new to 3D design and don’t have much clue about it, most likely you want to know how to get started, what kind of software you can use, where to find tutorials and support… If you have the above concerns, Shapeways is definitely one of the best places you should visit first.
To give you an idea of what you can create, check out the “Easy 3D Printing Apps” page, e.g. Kinematics 4D allows you to design your own flexible, complex, foldable forms composed of articulated jewelry modules. After you gain more confidence and familiarity with 3D design, take a look at the list of 3D Modeling and Design Software. Both free open source, and commercial 3D design softwares are listed there. You can find a whole range of programmatic, parametric, sculpting and modeling software supporting most computer platforms such as Windows Mac OS X, Linux, or online service, it’s great for beginner 3D modelers, and even professional or commercial designers.
Before you bring your ideas into reality, sometimes you want to know what kind of material you can use. Shapeways offers a wide range of quality materials including plastics, platinum, gold, sterling silver, precious plated metal, sandstone, wax, ceramics and many more. According to their Materials Status Page, most of the materials are currently available for production and shipping.
About service cost and payment terms, base price is the price you would pay to purchase the product for yourself, and markup is the amount of money you want to make from each sale of your product. Adding these two together, you have the final price. On the 15th of each month, you will receive your markup via PayPal. Minimum payout is $30. A 3.5% payment processing fee will be subtracted. If you earn less than $30, payment will be carried over to the next month. At the end of the year, they will send you payout even if your total is under $30.