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Formsfield Boutique Works to Banish Inferior 3D Printed Products from the Marketplace

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The team at Formsfield is just plain over 3D printed figurines, shoddy plastic key chains, egg holders, and spoon rests. If that’s what you’re into–fine–but you won’t discover anything of that sort when you’re checking out the launchunnamed of new products coming from this 3D printing boutique which has plans to clean up the marketplace.

With a mantra of “no yoda figurines, no kitchen tools, and no drone parts,” the Formsfield designers have created a line of classic–and classy–3D printed home office products. This is a ‘curated selection,’ available only in their online boutique. Items are available in the areas of organize, accessories, and art.

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Bird note holder

This company is all about offering what really is often the flip side of 3D printing. While there are obviously many outlets for rather abysmal and often rudimentary looking products, there are also many designers using the innovative technology to produce incredibly aesthetically pleasing pieces with a focus on streamlined modernism and elegance.

Formsfield’s launch will focus on sophisticated design as well as heavy emphasis on what they are not selling, in an effort to exclude the melee of what they consider to be inferior products, along with the ‘usual mishmash of knickknacks’ swamping the online 3D printing market. Presently, they are highlighting over 200 designs from international designers. Shoppers are able to conveniently and securely stream designs directly to their 3D printers (with designers receiving 80 percent of royalties) or they can enlist Formsfield’s services for both 3D printing and delivery right to the doorstep of their home or office.

“The problem with existing marketplaces is that they peddle lots of poor-quality designs and lack any sort of focus,” explains Formsfield Founder and CEO Oskar Lis. “We want to give our customers an elegant, friendly, specialized boutique experience to make it easy and fun to find terrific home-office designs.”

571ee24520f287578bdd61fb96c0Designs undergo a stringent process before they are released for sale, making sure that they pass all requirements regarding quality, presentation, and compatibility so that customers are assured of top-notch designs, and files that print without error. Designers are happy in receiving quick turnarounds and the client base is also happy with the level of quality they are receiving.

64073665a55386846b4ecca1a698With headquarters in both Krakow and Warsaw, Poland, Formsfield was founded last year by Oskar Lis, Gustav Groth, and Adam Osiński. The team was the recipient of $250,000 in funding, thanks to a Polish startup acceleration program called RevUp–and they are now in the process of moving offices to the famed Silicon Valley. Plans for expansion are also on the table, so we should expect to see more from them in terms of specialized online shops soon.

Are you also frustrated with the ‘mess’ of inferior 3D printed items being presented for sale all too often? How do you think Formsfield will be able to make a difference overall? Discuss in the Formsfield Boutique forum thread over at 3DPB.com.
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