As 3D printing does its duty with mass disruption, speeding along far more steadily than many imagined or can even fathom today, innovations that would not have been possible otherwise are born on a daily basis and shared with the world. There’s a great focus on what this technology is offering around the globe to surgeons, engineers, architects–and large corporations behind massive factories pumping out automotive or aeronautical components. We know the opportunities for innovation and new applications are enormous. This also though translates into great benefits for the designer in the real world, for the artist, and for the 3D printing hobbyist, as the doors to a thriving new world of commerce have sprung wide open.
And the team at Zazzy is encouraging their community to stride right through those doors, via their marketplace. Not only does this Amsterdam-based company offer a wide assortment of merchandise, but on January 13th, they will formally launch their new Shopify integration. This new platform will allow over 175,000 shopowners to begin drop-shipping individually designed 3D printed goods from their existing shops.
“Our goal is to make on-demand production easily accessible, so anyone can turn their ideas and designs into beautiful products,” says founder and CEO Gert Jan Spriensma. “We’re seeing a huge opportunity in the next two years for the direct-to-consumer selling of products that have been created by talented individuals, without the use of expensive technology.”
“We want to empower anyone, and after our newly launched Shopify connection, we’re moving on to more platforms like WooCommerce, Tictail, Magento etc.”
Boldly “waving a middle finger at the current state of the overly-priced and soulless jewelry market,” the Zazzy team works to empower their community of designers and artists who are interested in making and selling jewelry and goods to their social media followers. Their marketplace, now expanding to other items as well, is known as a hub for finding trendy, high-quality jewelry made by international makers.
With 60,000 designers having already created over 300,000 items, it’s obvious that Zazzy provides a venue where creating whatever you want is easy, as well as the sharing, storytelling, and the earning.
Inviting you to do the chic–while they do the geek–Zazzy is also very customer service centered and the end goal is to offer everyone value, while making them feel valued as well. Do you have a design you’d like to see become a 3D model today? Creating your own 3D printable product is as easy as choosing what you’d like to design and uploading it to Zazzy. You can upload your own sketch, or just choose a design from their marketplace gallery. There are even options available to create a product with text. You can upload your own files, and the end result is that you will be able to sell a 3D printed customizable product–and are highly encouraged to “share, sell, earn, build a brand, turn it into an empire…”
“We want to become a powerful resource for burgeoning independent design talent, entrepreneurs and charity fundraisers who are seeking to share their creativity, raise their profile and be part of the next phase of the maker movement,” states the Zazzy team.
“Zazzy’s Shopify integration is effortless and gave us a turnkey solution to launch items we normally wouldn’t have been able to offer our customers,” reports Claudia Sanchez of Geek & Sundry.
Zazzy 3D prints your items with a choice of colorful nylon, stainless steel (gold-plated, blackened and steel) or precious metals (sterling silver, 18K gold-plated brass, and 18K rose gold-plated brass). They also hand-finish each piece at their headquarters. While you design high-quality accessories with no upfront costs or risks, Zazzy ships directly to buyers–allowing you to retain the profit.
“All our pieces are custom made just for you and help support an independent designer who is being paid fairly for their work,” states the Zazzy team.
Shipping may take a bit longer from the Netherlands, but they stress it should be well worth the wait. Along with their selection of customized 3D printed jewelry, Zazzy is now also offering more types of products like keychains, figurines and phone cases. They also offer easy to purchase digital gift cards and personalized gift placeholders. Zazzy users can head straight over to the Zazzy Shopify page and connect their stores, or install the Zazzy app from the Shopify appstore to get started. Discuss this story in the Zazzy forum thread on 3DPB.com.