Should you 3D Print your design before selling it? Tom and Tracy Hazzard answer this question with a big Y-E-S. Know why it is essential to 3D print your design before selling or even offering your designs for download. Show people your credibility. Let them know that what they see is what they get. Make your 3D Print designs to actually sell.
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Should I 3D Print My Design To Sell It?
This is the Ask Us Anything segment. Our question is, do I have to print before selling my design? That’s a definite yes, but I think we should qualify that. Let’s assume you’re creating your own CAD file and you’re not downloading something. When you’re immersed in your computer creating that geometry, I know from experience because it happens to me. Many years of doing CAD work on the computer, you say, “I want to make an object. It’s about this size.” You start making it, you get lost in that 3D world and everything on the computer screen looks bigger than it is, especially if it’s small. It can be hard to evaluate those sizes and proportions in reality. I often get surprised the first time I print something, it’s like, “That’s not quite what I expected. I need to adjust that.” From that perspective, I would print it before selling it because you need to make sure what you’re giving other people is what you expected or intended to be giving them.
The second part of that is that you need to prove that you have a good design that people should download. If you’re selling it, then you need to prove that.
Do you mean to make sure it’s printable?
I think it’s disingenuous to throw a design up there and not know that it prints. I see a lot of these models that people have in their library and they’re like, “Let’s throw it up on a website and we’ll see if anybody picks it.” That’s unfair to the market because you’re flooding them with things that are probably not printable at the end of the day.
We’ve talked about this from a different perspective, like if you’re downloading a file, how do you know you have a good one? It’s the same thing here. You want to prove you have a good one, printed, have a photo of it, and have that on the website with your download so people can see it.
This is 3D printing sales. That’s what you’re talking about, not file models for other 3D rendering programs or whatever.
It’s not for the gaming industry that’s always going to be on a screen.
If it’s supposed to be printed, then you should be printing it.
That’s our recommendation anyway. I hope that helps. We’d like to make a little plug for our Kickstarter campaign, it’s not about just doing a Kickstarter to make money. It’s about sharing the cost with all of you out there, that print of bringing some unique filament colors to the market that haven’t been out there.
In fact, our prices are co-op prices. We’re covering the costs of Kickstarter and breaking up the fees. It’s the actual cost of those 300 run rolls per color. You don’t have to buy all the colors. You can buy 1 of the 6. We hope that if you’re interested in getting some new colors in your mix, because I’m a little sick of the colors.
Everybody has about the same eighteen or so colors. Maybe there are a couple of obscure ones out there, but Tracy is a color expert. We’ve driven a lot of thought to why there’s a need for these colors and to bring them to reality.
Besides, think how cool it would be if you are printing your design and you would print it in a color nobody else has seen before.
Certainly, a new color is going to get a lot more attention. Check out our Kickstarter. You can go to HazzDesign.com/getcolor and it will take you right to the Kickstarter page. If you’re already on Kickstarter, search on 3D print filament and we’ll come up. It’s Where the FFF is the 3D Print Color.
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