You Should Check Out ShouldBee

By on April 18th, 2013 in Service


The explosion of 3D model repositories and services continues. Today we’re checking out ShouldBee, a USA-based service that develops 3D models from which you can purchase full color 3D prints. 
We found ShouldBee’s process a little different from the typical “we have a pile of models, pick one” approach used by other model repositories. ShouldBee has a crowdsourced model where anyone can submit a design for consideration by the ShouldBee community. 
If a particular design warrants a lot of votes, they’ll consider producing a full design capable of being 3D printed. Once in their gallery, the design receives a small commission (3-5%) each time a print is sold. 
The submitted designs need not be a 3D model of any kind; ShouldBee encourages creative types to merely produce a 2D drawing (with multiple angles) of a proposed character. From these drawings do the ShouldBee designers create a true 3D model. This should enable many more people to get engaged in the 3D printing industry. 
But what kind of designs does ShouldBee want? This: 
Whether you love to design manga characters or surreal, expressionistic monsters, we want to see your craziest creation as long as they can be produced into a toy. 

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!