3D printer site MakerShop just passed 20,000 3D printer design downloads by users from across the world!
I started MakerShop in January 2013 after being inspired by the Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson. If you haven’t read this book yet, you must.
MakerShop is a place for the 3D printer designer to setup a shop, monetize their work and find fans. Other 3D printer design hosting sites use designers to generate demand for their existing industrial businesses. For example, MakerBot sells 3D printer hardware and runs Thingiverse to give away designers work for free. Free designs sells more 3D printers in their model. Shapeways is a 3D printing service that will mail a printed design to you. Designers must sell all work for a price on Shapeways.
MakerShop is unique in that it puts the 3D printer designer at the center which leads to some meaningful advantages for designers. MakerShop gives them multiple ways to monetize their work like accepting donations or selling designs outright, letting designers give away work as loss leaders to attract fans, and a blog that they can use to promote themselves. This has led to some beautiful outcomes for designers like fantasygraph.