Raise of filament rolls in the room–who thinks they can open up a website that allows you to 1) download 3D printable files and 2) upload your own to make some cold, hard cash? I know, you’re thinking, “Egad, what is this genius!? The like has yet been seen!” The reality is there are a lot of websites to both download, upload and share 3D printable files (GrabCAD, Thingiverse, etsy, FabFabbers, etc.) or even sell your creations (Shapeways, Ponoko, Sculpteo, Etsy, etc.), yet a new site is launching with the aim of “becoming the YouTube of 3D files.” iMakr has announced the launch of My Mini Factory coming June 18th (with a Champagne and Canapés launch party at the iMakr store). So, how are they different?
My Mini Factory
You recall the iMakr store opening in London, yes? While quite small (2,375 sq ft), it currently holds the title of “World’s Largest 3D Printing Store” (until Mr. Selfridge opens his 3D Printing Emporium.) The iMakr shop venture is in fact supported by iMakr.vc, a campus/incubator/accelerator for 3D Printing projects, launched by iMakr founder Sylvain Preumont. My Mini Factory is the next project to be launched out of the start-up launcher and focuses on three aspects:
- Download free 3D printable objects
- Upload designs and make cash
- Request for 3D printable objects
Sylvain says, “My Mini Factory aims at becoming the YouTube of 3D files. My Mini Factory shortens the chain between designers and consumers. That’s probably where the third industrial revolution really starts.” It’s rather mind-numbing when people express their website’s startup vision as “the _________ of 3D this or that” for a couple reasons. First, it’s just cliche. Second, iMakr is already setting themselves apart and a comparison like, the “Youtube of 3D files” is just… well, hard to take seriously. Perhaps it illustrates their vision to investors and the early interested. However, they do have one aspect in particular that separates them from the other “Youtube for 3D file” sites. The other sites are focused around the sale of a physical 3D printed good. My Mini Factory is focused around the sale of a digital 3d printable good. While you could sell digital files through any number of websites or your own site, this is where they bring a bit of value to the revolutionaries and dreamers rising atop the mound of traditional manufacturing crushing plastic squiggles.
On board? Is a site for you to sell your 3D printable files attractive?