Treatstock is one of the most user-oriented companies you’ll find in the 3D printing industry today, and specifically—3D marketplaces. While there is a growing list of places you can go to search for and then have your 3D models printed, Treatstock is consistently providing their users with new services and information. We’ve followed along as they’ve given users tips on starting their own businesses, buying and selling 3D models, and well as offering an amazing new method to enjoy the 3D previewing of models.
With a team comprised of makers themselves, Treatstock understands what’s important to their customers, and they have remained focused on offering reasons for them to keep coming back. Founded in 2015, this company is dedicated to helping their customers find unique models and have them 3D printed. And that includes putting a lot of thought into affordability and how much everybody should be spending as well.
Now, Treatstock has released a modified pricing guide, online. Continually working on new features for printing services, this guide allows vendors to figure out ‘optimal charges’ for printing. They also put further thought into a two-step certification process meant to improve their 3D printing network.
When founded, the Treatstock team created a system that was both detailed and convenient for everyone, meant to give printing services providers a way to understand approximately what they should charge. As time has passed though, Treatstock moderators discovered that printing services for some reason were either setting their fees too high or too low for what was being provided. To help solve this issue and allow the best prices to be determined, service providers will now find an ‘Order Calculation’ tab under the ‘Material Options’ section.
This addition to the menu will streamline the process further and allow for better accuracy. When the print service sets their price in terms of weight for per ounce or gram, the expected payment will appear. This is based on a test model with a fixed size and weight. Not set in stone but offered as a suggestion, the price can still be increased or decreased depending on preference.
“We believe that this feature will help print services on Treatstock to better understand their pricing strategy and set a competitive price for their work,” states the team, regarding their newest feature.
As for certification, earlier in the year Treatstock also created a rating system. This works as a ‘stamp of approval for quality,’ and means that print services can directly download .stl files and then go forward with printing out orders for eager customers.
“On the one hand, our certification system helps us to monitor the quality of prints, and on the other, it guarantees that all 3D printable files will remain in trustworthy hands,” says Treatstock. “Our statistics show that since introducing this feature, print services with the ‘quality label’ received the majority of the orders.”
“Only one out of ten orders were received by print services that have yet to obtain the certification. So, when you join our 3D printing network, be sure to go through this simple procedure and gain certification for your printers.”
There are two types of certification available:
- Common: this type of certificate shows that the printer service produces models from an average to high standard.
- Professional: this certification indicates that the service provider is able to 3D print complex models with small details, and at a high quality.
“Many of our print services have yet to certify their printers, and we believe this could be due to the fact that they are hesitant to provide their personal information on the website,” says Treatstock. “These are the requirements of the United States Government and therefore we cannot ignore them.”
It’s important that all printing services feel confident in knowing that there won’t be any security issues, and Treatstock is going out of their way to reassure everyone that all personal data is securely encrypted. This ensures confidentiality and safety for everyone the Treatstock platform, as well as all around quality in the end. Thoughts on these new features? Discuss in the Treatstock 3D Printing Platform forum over at 3DPB.com.