The Internet can seem like a free-for-all when it comes to the selling of 3D files and models. There are 3D printing platforms and online marketplaces all over the place; it seems as though anyone can design a 3D model, throw it up on the Internet, and charge money for it regardless of quality or even printability. With this in mind, many 3D printing platforms are becoming more careful about curation. 3dfilemarket is one site that takes extra steps to make sure that its customers are getting quality models. All designs are checked over by the company before they’re featured on the site, and the site also requires that each uploaded file is accompanied by a photograph of the printed model to assure customers that the file is actually printable. No one wants to download a cool-looking model and begin printing it only to wind up with a pile of wasted filament – not to mention wasted time.
Rather than simply rejecting poor designs, however, 3dfilemarket also puts a lot of effort into helping people to create quality 3D models. As stated on their website, the aim of the company is “to promote the sharing of good designs and help grow 3dprinting.” While some other websites project a somewhat snooty, exclusive “you won’t find any crap designs HERE” attitude, 3dfilemarket seems to truly want to encourage as many people as possible to learn and improve their 3D design skills.
One way they’re doing this is through a new partnership with 3D software company 3D Slash. The French company’s 3D modeling software is pretty much the easiest you’ll find anywhere; it was designed specifically for beginners, kids, and people who are interested in 3D printing but haven’t a clue how to design a model. 3D Slash software has now been integrated with the 3dfilemarket platform, so that users can easily design and download their models directly from the site.
“As an education advocate of 3d printing, I am extremely excited that the 3dfilemarket has partnered and integrated with such an impressive CAD modelling platform such as 3D Slash,” said Philip Cotton, founder of 3dfilemarket. “One of the major barriers to more people adopting the technology is the arduous task of learning how to CAD model. 3D Slash helps to solve this issue by being the only platform that is openly accessible to all.”
Also, it’s free. Once you’ve signed up for a 3dfilemarket account, there’s no charge to hop on and begin messing around with the software. If you want to share your design, you can also easily upload it to the ‘3D Slash’ category – just make sure you’ve printed it yourself first.
“We are very happy to partner with such a qualitative platform as 3dfilemarket, and to provide their growing community with an accessible and precise 3D modelling tool,” said Sylvain Huet, founder and CEO of 3D Slash.
While most of the models in 3dfilemarket’s marketplace are free, designers do have the option to charge for their models – you can read more about their intellectual property policies here. As 3dfilemarket says, they’re not concerned about money; their mission is simply to advance and spread 3D printing technology to as many people as possible – a goal that 3D Slash seems to share. What do you think of this new partnership? Discuss in the 3dfilemarket & 3D Slash forum over at 3DPB.com.