As 3D printers become more accessible and affordable, the demand for 3D designs and prints is on the rise. If you’re a 3D designer or have access to a 3D printer, there’s a way to earn extra profit through your creations. In this blog post, we will explore some of the best platforms for selling 3D designs and prints.
1. CG Trader
CG Trader is a popular 3D model marketplace that is home to 500,000 3D artists, businesses, and design studios from all over the world. People can also hire designers for custom projects.
The 3D models on their repository mostly consist of gaming models, functional and non-functional 3D print models, detailed computer graphics, and virtual and augmented reality. The models can be sold as is, printed and shipped via Sculpteo, and streamed to a 3D printer.
The royalty fees vary depending on the reputation levels. These levels range from Beginners to Legends, with the rate starting at 70 per cent and reaching up to 90 percent.
Shapeways is a 3D model marketplace that has been around since 2007. As a seller, you can set your prices for uploads while Shapeways takes care of the production and shipping. The seller receives a commission for each sale.
Not only can you sell your 3D models, but you can also sell printed copies of the models! Make sure that you make your 3D models “print-ready” first before making them available for printing.
It’s relatively easy to set up shop on Shapeways. Once you’ve set up the shop and chosen a name, you’ll need to verify your identity by purchasing a 3D model from the marketplace or one of your own to be purchased by somebody.
Renderosity is a pillar in the 3D online art community as it is one of the biggest and oldest marketplaces around. However, they offer relatively low royalty rates but they make up for it with free advertising choices. The artist gets 50 per cent on non-exclusive sales and up to 70 per cent with exclusivity.
TurboSquid is also a huge marketplace with a long list of high-profile clients. The downside is the competition is tough so it’s hard for a new designer to stand out. The upside is you get to tap into its massive user base once you make a name for yourself on the site.
They offer the lowest royalty fee at 40 percent. On the other hand, joining SquidGuild offers higher earnings of up to 80% in exchange for exclusivity.
MyMiniFactory is a 3D printing community that offers both paid and free 3D printable models. To start selling your 3D models, you have to pay a nominal fee each month to subscribe. After paying, instructions will be sent to your email to get started.
MyMiniFactory also offers features, such as Crowdfunding for artists to raise funds for their special projects, and Fabrique 3D, a custom printing service. You can also find STL file editing tools, 3D printing tutorials, and 3D scanning services.
The royalty rate is 60%. The platform only supports STL file formats.
Start earning money from your 3D models!
There are many great platforms for selling 3D designs and prints. By leveraging these platforms, you can turn your passion for 3D printing into a profitable business. If you want to learn how to create 3D models, here’s a guide to help you choose the best CAD program for you: Best Free CAD Programs for 3D Printing