My 3D printer site MakerShop has added 3D printer forums today. Kickstart these forums by posting and discussing 3D printer news, monetizing 3D printing and hardware or software help with 3D printers.
New 3D printer MakerShop site blog post I wrote on how my goal was to get the site to better set user expectations using gamification techniques. Users that created shops were abandoning them, because the space was wide open and the daunting task of figuring out what to overwhelmed them. I wanted the system to present them with actionable next steps so they can get the most value out of the MakerShop system for their 3D printer small business and provide a visual nudge using a progress bar to motivate them to complete these basic shop setup steps that the system identifies as necessary for success.