When you mention the nearly infinite possibilities available today through digital design and 3D printing to the general layperson, the first words out of their mouths usually are, “Oh no, way too expensive. I couldn’t do that.” I encountered this during the last holiday season as Christmas rolled around with a pretty good list of people to buy for.
With so many different 3D design challenges, promotions, and retail partnerships being advertised in conjunction with 3D printing, while doing my shopping online I also suggested to one of my younger friends just starting a family and worrying about budget that she too try shopping online for some cool 3D printed jewelry, ornaments, or maybe ergonomic household items. Her perception again was that prices were too high, she didn’t understand how it worked, didn’t want to buy her own 3D printer, and didn’t want to pay for shipping on anything. It was just all still too new. Even for the twenty-something crowd.
MeltWerk has analyzed the 3D printing market and they understand where the obstacles are. This is how they plan to gain marketshare and make customers happy. When it all comes down to price, the companies that can offer great products for less are almost always going to rise to top, as well as retain customer loyalty. MeltWerk is getting ready to seriously shake things up with their pricing structure. Throwing down the gauntlet by stating that you can save up to 85 percent with their 3D printing services, MeltWerk is even offering a European ‘best price guarantee.’ And while services might be less expensive, they still plan to offer the highest level of industry-standard quality to their customer base.
MeltWerk is relying on providing 3D printing services through trinckle 3D, a company we’ve reported on previously regarding their comprehensive 3D printing marketplace. With their ‘best-price guarantee,’ MeltWerk will be offering users their money back, plus one percent if they are able to find a better deal anywhere within 14 days.
Along with novices, students, and makers in general, MeltWerk and trinckle 3D also cater specifically to:
- Product designers
- Model builders
Founded by Florian Reichle, Dr. Marlene Vogel, and Dr. Gunnar Schulze at the Free University of Berlin in January 2013, trinckle 3D offers services that allow anyone from the novice and individual level to those on the professional level to have digital designs turned into 3D prints. Their company offers, overall, a comprehensive 3D printing service, marketplace, and community to artists, designers, and makers. (Their services and shipping are all confined to Europe currently.)
“3D printing promises to be the liberalization of manufacturing,” says trinckle 3D CEO Florian Reichle. “But with desktop 3D printers and regular 3D printing services still being expensive and complicated to use, this isn’t true for most of us just yet. With MeltWerk, we want to deliver on that promise. We want to make 3D printing affordable for everyone.”
Trinckle 3D, already a leader in 3D printing services in Europe, has been working to refine the following processes even further:
- Streamlining of all production processes
- Development of further sophisticated software for process automation
- Offering plain white polyamide (PA12) prints using selective laser sintering (SLS)
- Offering web-based solutions also so that clients can customize to the fullest extent
What do you think of the money-back guarantee, plus some, offer that MeltWerk has announced? Do you find that price is what keeps you from ordering 3D prints or from purchasing a 3D printer, or have you heard this opinion from others? Share with us in the MeltWerk’s Astounding 3D Printing Guarantee forum thread over at 3DPB.com.
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