How to make money with 3D printing

Written by Traci Robinson. Posted in Tech

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is a technology that has already been resent in our lives for about ten years. It involves creating an object from scratch, by the means of a specialised device that can materialise computerised orders, following a digital sketch. Although it is still considered modern and it can still suffer plenty of improvements, the process is extremely popular and efficient in multiple fields, ranging from manufacturing to medicine or art. Given its innovative features, 3D printing is also a technology quite fruitful, which is why you may want to consider getting a printer of your own, especially if you have some technical skills. Of course, if you are a beginner, you should start looking for the best cheap 3D printer, at least until you get used to its functions and capabilities. If you dream about a career or even a business in the industry, here are some professional tips that may help you get started. [Not a valid template]

Be part of an active community

It is true that not everyone can afford a 3D printer and not many have the tech skills necessary to manoeuvre one. For this reason, it may be difficult for you to find and get in touch with experienced people. However, participating in an active community will help you gain more knowledge faster that if you had tried to do this on your own. To this end, you can try to attend galleries or participate in contests – you may not win any prize, but at least you will learn new skills that can help you provide quality services to your clients and thus earn you considerable amount of money, on a long term.  

Look for inspiration

Inspiration may seem like something quite emotional and intangible, but it is the core of technology. For this reason, you need to find a way to find out what people are interested in and see how your competition is doing. Watch your competitors as a source of inspiration and do your best to learn from them to build your own work. Keep challenging yourself, look for online resources and subscribe for contests – only this will you manage to come up with the most innovative ideas, so necessary for a successful 3D printing business.  

Publish and market your work

In case 3D printing is not something new for you and you have already some work behind, take advantage and use this to showcase your abilities. Publishing your work is the best solution you have to help others decide what they want and also build a reputation for yourself. Start with accounts on various social media networks, and then create your own web site. Marketing is also very important: since those who need 3D printing services may not be too many, you have to use the right strategies to address a certain niche of audience. Soon enough, more and more people will learn about 3D printing and the demand will increase, and so will your revenues and profits.      

Traci Robinson

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