3D Hubs Makes Another Big Connection

By on April 25th, 2015 in Service

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Last week 3D Hubs announced a deal with SketchFab. This week it’s with Thingiverse!

The deal with SketchFab involved installing a “ORDER 3D PRINT” button on printable SketchFab models. Visitors viewing the 3D model could instantly request a 3D print through this button, which sets up a request to 3D Hub’s community network of 3D printers for hire.

The deal with Thingiverse is similar. 

As of the 21st, “selected designers” using Thingiverse will be able to add a “Get This Printed” button to their content. Upon pressing it, a print request is prepared for 3D Hubs. 

To make it more interesting for Thingiverse contributors, MakerBot is adding a “Tip” feature for designs. In this way those who order a print can, as part of the 3D Hubs order process, pay an additional amount that “goes directly to the designer”. 

We think this is a great feature, as the buyer knows exactly the amount being transferred to the participating designer. Tipping is optional, so not everyone would decide to compensate the designer, but it’s a start. 

This move is also interesting from a corporate point of view, as this appears to be the first time Thingiverse has involved financial transactions to take place. If MakerBot is taking a cut of the 3D Hubs order, then it would mark the first time MakerBot has monetized Thingiverse. 

Via 3D Hubs

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!