Are you skilled at 3D modelling? If not, do you have a 3D printer that’s gathering dust? Whatever your skill level, a new website called Treatstock wants to put money in your pocket.
Treatstock also acts as a middle-man, outsourcing your 3D printer to anyone who wants to become involved in printing. The focus here is on proximity, as your “customers” can either have their print mailed to them or pick up directly from you. The caveat here being you won’t be paid unless your customer approves the model.
Finally, if you’re more of a consumer than a maker, you can buy the models or the prints.
On the surface, this site isn’t doing anything new, rather collating and connecting those with skills and resources to anyone in need of them.
In the United States, for example, where “send-in” 3D printing services are popular, Treatstock may not gain a significant hold. However, in smaller countries like our own, it could serve to gift hobbyists a way to make a little money on the side, or even turn their craft into a full-time job, with the site acting as a store front.
Regardless. the determining factors here will be: market size, what kind of cut the site takes, and the dreaded “who owns what” argument that creeps into every maker business.RyGuy on Thingiverse]