3D Printed Flying Disc

Here it is, a 3D printed flying disc, like a Frisbee, that you can download and print right now. Enjoy playing with your kids out in the yard :)I had one 3D printed for me and the kids love it! It’s durable because it’s printed in lego-type ABS plastic. See some photos below and check out the download on MakerShop.

3D printed flying disc
3D printed flying disc
3D printed flying disc
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Powerful 3D Printing Entrepreneur Hacks

Your outcome: Design a 3D printer business that leverages the next wave of technical innovation to achieve results at least 10x faster and cheaper for your customers. Are you prepared to take advantage of new opportunities available to 3D printer entrepreneurs today? Are you bundling 3DP with your current offerings, designing viral things and growth hacking your 3D printer business? If you ignore it now, you might be disrupted in the future.

Ways 3D printing can propel existing businesses forward, help entrepreneurs start new businesses and help kids learn better.

  • Want to be creative and make a new block stacking game to teach kids about gravity and weights? Then read about the opportunities to use 3D learning to go beyond e-learning.
  • Want to propel your existing small business forward with 3D printing? Learn how to bundle 3D printing with your current offerings and other strategies.
  • Learn how to launch a 3D printed product. We are still early in this new wave of technology. Like the wave of the web and mobile apps before it, there will be people that only tinker with code and people that transform their lives and the lives of the people around them by launching products that people use every day. This new age lets THINGS go viral. Teens with computers connected to the web could create websites that disrupted established companies in a few years. Now, your physical product company is just as vulnerable as teens design wildly more relevant and social designs and host them on the web for anyone to 3D print. Design over the weekend + 2 weeks on the web = thousands of users in the world of 3D printing.
  • Bootstrap your 3D printer business with a few hundred dollars to find a local 3D printer using MakeXYZ that will 3D print prototypes or small batches for you as orders for your 3D product come in.
  • There are many tools for 3D printer entrepreneurs to get a web page up for hosting 3D printer designs, promoting designs with a blog and more.
  • Learn awesome life hacks to be a better 3D printer entrepreneur. If you want to take your game to the next level you need to recognize when you need to change your assumptions, not just your tactics.

Monetize 3D Printing

Take action, take steps often and use each step to learn and make changes. You will be more prepared than most to take advantage of the 3D printing opportunities available today and in the future.

My 3D printing marketplace MakerShop.co is a great tool for 3D printer entrepreneurs to host and distribute designs, promote designs and connect with fans using the included blog platform. We also regularly post new useful techniques and patterns to help entrepreneurs to succeed.

Increase User Adoption of Your 3D Printer Designs

There are specific techniques you can use in a systematic way to make sure your 3D printable designs are being downloaded, printed and used by people that would benefit from the design. In my recent blog post on MakerShop I talk about 3 techniques you can use to increase adoption of your 3D printer models.

The first technique is to write down use cases that define what the user’s goal is and the steps the user can take using your 3D printed design to accomplish that goal. User goals are simply something the user desires, like getting an everyday task done faster. A use case is a single way that the user/consumer can achieve that. If you find yourself discouraged about not being able to invent something new with 3D printing, then flip your perspective.

Inventing something that can only be 3D printed should not be your goal, unless you’re a rocket scientist. The practical way for you to really make an impact and increase user adoption of your designs is to make things that people can use to achieve their everyday goals.

The second technique I write about is the importance of optimizing your 3D printer design for printing. If you design this awesome thing that you want everyone to use, but it takes 8 hours to print and requires a lot of post-print cleanup, then you will hurt your user adoption rate.

I’ve been working with a 3D printer designer local to Charlotte, NC who has taught me the importance of this optimization technique. His name is Ali Bahar if you want to contact him. Sometimes it requires altering the design, designing for minimal supports and making multiple pieces print side-by-side. There is a point of diminishing returns, where the cost of the material is the major roadblock, but make sure your design isn’t adding any extra complications. The main test I use to understand if I should stop optimizing or not is to ask the question, “Can the design be changed to reduce costs and complexity and still help the user achieve their goal?” If the answer is yes then I optimize more and if the answer is no then I stop and release the design.

The third technique to increase user adoption is to demonstrate to everyone visiting your website or other sales channels how other users have used your design to reach their goals. If you have seen the Wolf of Wall Street, then you have learned an important lesson about sales and thus user adoption as well. People do not want to hear about how nice your design is. People want to know what your design can do for them. Even more simply put, people don’t want to be convinced of needing to take action. They want a desire they currently hold to instantly be met using your design. Using videos, photos and write-ups of real people using your design to do just that goes a long way in demonstrating to people that simply by getting your design in their hands they will be on the road to reaching that goal of theirs.

A simple test I use for this is to ask myself, “Am I using nouns to describe my design or I am I using nouns and verbs to describe the user of my design.” I want to talk using nouns and verbs to describe the user of my design. This includes how I write copy on the shop pages on 3D printer marketplace MakerShop as well as any audio in videos.

3D Printed Flying Disc – Like a Frisbee

3D printed my first flying disc for the kids to play with. See the photos of the final print. It was an awesome experience that I’ll be sharing more details about next week. I’ll also be posting the design file on MakerShop.co later next week for anyone that wants to print one themselves.

MemoryCoin: Innovation Mixing Cryptocurrency and Company Structure

This is a very interesting alternate cryptocurrency. MemoryCoin is trying something brilliant by adding positions for Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer and 3 other positions that get paid a percentage of the miner reward. Currently it’s about $362 per day.

The part that makes this decentralized is that the owners of MemoryCoin (you and me) get to vote on who holds each of the 5 positions. The voting can boot someone out or vote someone in at a moments notice.