Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Pinshape is a community and marketplace built to connect people all around the world to learn, explore, buy, sell, download and order prints of incredible personalized products through the magic of 3D printing.
Pinshape is another great site that seeks to connect the growing global 3D printing community. Whether you’re a printer yourself or you just want to buy a 3D-printed product, you can find something awesome on Pinshape. If you’re just a consumer, you can explore the site’s many products that have been made available by various designers. Each product comes with two prices: the amount it costs to download the design so that you can print the product on your own, and the amount it costs to buy the product and have it shipped to your door. Usually, there’s no associated cost to download the design. Items range from picture frames to small models to figurines and other cool designs. You can also choose from over 35 materials in order to further personalize your print.
For printers, selling items on Pinshape is as easy as uploading your product design and photos to the site, setting the price and license type, and waiting for consumers to come across your item. The site offers a marketplace that directly connects printers with consumers, making it easier to make a profit off your unique hobby. 3D printing is becoming more and more common throughout the world, and Pinshape offers an opportunity to get involved in an exciting future that may drastically change the manufacturing industry. If you’re just looking for a broader community to discuss your still-somewhat-obscure interest in 3D printing, there’s also a forum section on Pinshape that seeks to further strengthen its community. You can ask for feedback on your designs, ask questions about the printing process, or anything else that may improve your skills as well as those of the overall community.