CGTrader, one of the world’s largest 3D model repositories, launched back in 2011. The company, which is now backed by funding from Intel Capital, has taken advantage of their positioning within the 3D model marketplace, to expand their scope into 3D printing. By leveraging their popularity among designers, they have been able to swiftly capture market share in the growing 3D printing industry.
Today, CGTrader unveiled new tools, which will enable designers as well as brands, to take advantage of the lucrative opportunities within the 3D printing space. One of the biggest concerns of 3D model designers, who are looking to sell their designs to customers that wish to print them out, is intellectual property theft. Many design repositories allow buyers to download the design directly to their PC. At that point, there is no telling what they will do with it. Unscrupulous buyers could edit the design, and resell it as their own, perhaps leading to lost opportunities for the original creator. Where there is no control, there is usually no market. This is where CGTrader has stepped in. They have partnered with one of the worlds top licensing and security providers, Authentise, whose technology is changing the way 3D models are sold and shared.
Authentise uses a system which sends 3D model files directly to the buyer’s 3D printer. It can only be printed out from the printer, meaning no editing, copying, or reselling can take place.
“With this update, we are solving the most pressing problems limiting the growth of quality 3D content in the market – namely licensing and 3D printing challenges.” stated Marius Kalytis, CEO of CGTrader.
Authentise, who has been a growing force within the IP secuirty market, is only one of the companies working with CGTrader on this rather large update. In addition, CGTrader has teamed up with Sculpteo, a 3D printing service provider. Sculpteo is known for their high quality, quickly delivered 3D prints to customers around the globe. What this partnership does, is open up 3D printing to virtually everyone, whether they own a printer or not. Any 3D model design purchased at the CGTrader marketplace can now be sent to Sculpteo, to be 3D printed, and then delivered to your doorstep within days.
“3D printing is rapidly entering everyday lives and will transform multiple industries over the coming decade. CGTrader.com marketplace aims to empower creative individuals to monetize their designs and thereby attract more high-quality designs to the market, giving the buyers a very clear use case for their printer.” said Kalytis.
As the market for 3D printed goods expands, CGTrader certainly looks to be in a very strong position to realize that growth, along with the market. The ability to ensure designers that their designs are safe from IP theft goes a long way in attracting high-quality pieces of work. Discuss these changes to CGTrader at the CGTrader 3D printing forum thread.
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