ProtoExchange Seeks a Decentralized 3D Printing Network

By on January 23rd, 2013 in Service


We were contacted by Jonathan Placa, who’s setting up a distributed 3D printing network called ProtoExchange. 
ProtoExchange will attempt to create an online bidding system, in which those desiring a 3D print will be connected with amateur 3D printer owners who will do the job. The advantage appears to be that the printer operator will keep “100%” of the bid. Placa says: 
The network allows owners of 3D printers to “lease” their time to visitors of ProtoExchange. In essence, ProtoExchange is a platform where amateur producers are paid to print objects that are requested by consumers/visitors!
It is this “decentralized”, peer-to-peer production platform that takes advantage of 3D printers’ unique ability to materialize objects from anywhere in the world!
We’re wondering how ProtoExchange will be able to operate if 100% of the fees are distributed to the printer operators. Nevertheless, ProtoExchange now has an Indiegogo campaign open for you to help launch the service. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!