We write a lot about 3D printing service bureaus and marketplaces that take their users through the process comprehensively–from A to Z. SyncFab does this as well, but they cover nearly every letter of the alphabet in between too; in fact, perhaps one could just live there altogether. This may sound appealing to you if you are a 3D printing designer or hobbyist looking to go from concept to creation and stop off anywhere along the way to engage in “unprecedented control as a maker.”
The SyncFab experience allows you to go from concept to design to manufacturing for projects of any size, with their intuitive platform style and success being due to one simple understanding: they know makers and manufacturers, and how they think. But many others are just as involved in using the site, like source designers, entrepreneurs, fabricators, and materials and service providers.
There are many other steps that can factor in from beginning to end, and they offer you the choice to get off and back on as needed, allowing you to do the following from the SyncFab forum:
- Launch concept
- Gain custom design assistance
- Prototype and beta test
- Develop sustainable production planning
- Manufacture locally
- Bid and get paid for projects
- Apply to receive academic and entrepreneurial scholarships
Many of us daydream about putting our concept into tangible form and creating our own mini-factories from our 3D printed creations whether it be for a jewelry line, a stylish household items brand, gaming accessories, or a nearly infinite list of ‘things.’
SyncFab is working intuitively to help you realize those dreams as realistically as possible not just in formulating the generic marketplace, but in helping you deal with specifics, like procuring the raw materials for your 3D prints and then proceeding on to finding a professional manufacturer or local factory if necessary.
“The U.S. is at the epicenter of 3D Printing, CADCAM computer aided design for manufacturing and robotics automation, and SyncFab is the platform bringing them together to produce high-quality products locally,” said SyncFab CEO Jeremy Goodwin.
Whether you are on the end of being the designer trying to get your 3D model out there, or whether you are the business offering prototyping and manufacturing services, SyncFab works to bring you together. With so many designers, so many products, and so many quality companies dedicated to providing quality work, it’s a brilliant idea to put everyone’s heads together in one organized forum.
“SyncFab is on a mission to return overseas manufacturing to the U.S. and create jobs,” Goodwin added. “We streamline the word-of-mouth referral system currently relied upon by most designers and entrepreneurs when sourcing fabricators. We are also solving a massive marketing problem for local manufacturers who have no advertising budgets and end up letting their factories sit idle.”
Not putting the onus just on the big-time manufacturers to stay local and do the right thing for factory owners on the homefront, SyncFab has the right idea in pulling everyone together with the edict that we should design locally as well. There’s nothing wrong with staying provincial–if everyone can pull together from the same page. In line with this idea, SyncFab has also just launched the ‘Made in California’ factory tour series (if you are interested in the tours or the program, contact SyncFab at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Are you interested in using the SyncFab forum? Are you able to participate in the ‘design and manufacture locally’ ideal in your area? Discuss in the SyncFab 3D Printing Production forum thread over at 3DPB.com.