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Possibly make money with 3d printing?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by koltenrowe, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. koltenrowe

    koltenrowe Newbie

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    Hey guys, I just recently got my hands on a small personal 3d printer, and was wondering if there would be a way to make money using it.

    My first project was making a new bracket for my piano.
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    I've thought of a few possibilities such as making replacement parts like pictured above, inventing a new product to sell, or a few other ideas but I'd honestly have no idea how to market something like this.

    So if anyone has some ideas that would be great, and I would like to know if this seems feasible and realistic.
     
  2. Mr.Magnus

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    I wish i had 3d printer.
    To the subject, : I have three ideas that had just popped up my mind.
    For the sake of re-gaining faith in humanity i'll reveal them:
    1. Sell your 3d made products via ebay/etsy
    2. Setup a niche site and sell customsized 3d items.
    3. illegal but profitable - nah sorry but i'm not that type :).

    That's a spoonfeed right there :), i would LOVE some LIKES! and a positive comment in my profile.
    Thanks!
     
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  3. koltenrowe

    koltenrowe Newbie

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    Thanks for the ideas, I totally forgot about etsy! I'll look into that possibly.
     
  4. Mr.Magnus

    Mr.Magnus Newbie

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    Always happy to help :)
    I'll take 10%


    Joking :)

    Have an awesome day!
     
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    dekadent30 Power Member

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    You can modify or improve exising products using 3d printing technologies and then sell them online.For example a modified xbox one controller was launched by a designer for disabled/handicapped/paralysed people.It had alternate arrangement for D pad and direction stick.
     
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  7. koltenrowe

    koltenrowe Newbie

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    That would be pretty cool, I'll have to check it out!
     
  8. koltenrowe

    koltenrowe Newbie

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    Very practical, great idea! Definitely something people would buy. I'm getting tons of good ideas, now I just have to figure out how to market them haha.
     
  9. Omirag

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    I did this a few years ago and it really sucked. The 3D printer market is pretty saturated on etsy and ebay and it drives the price down to pennies over cost. Unless you have a great 3D printer too, people always whine that is looks 3D printed (huh?). If your going to attempt to make anything with it, do not waste your time trying to print out premade models. You need to make a model and you will get a little return from that 3D print, but it will only take one person with there own 3D printer to make the model and release it to kill your shop.
    Either way good luck!
     
  10. kirkonpolttaja

    kirkonpolttaja Senior Member

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    I have my printer sitting most of the time... but there is not that much of an demand for plastic mid-2-low resolution prints as people can in most cases order stuff cheaper on printed metal.
    Local production might be a different option as i have done prototyping for an big company once and i think i might get another order on next month for few prototypes from another big company.
    There is an market for 3D-printing out there for sure but you have to use your wits.
     
  11. MonteCarlos

    MonteCarlos Regular Member

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    Just a quite silly question from a totally unrelated person:
    Can we make fake playmobil toys and sell it as original? Lol...
     
  12. DJPaulyD

    DJPaulyD Power Member

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    Create your own authority website and take custom order's.