We’re checking out a new 3D model and print service, Spyder 3D World.
The site is actually a combination of functions typically found in separate sites. Basically, there are two services:
- A 3D model store, where designers can upload models for sale (or free distribution) and users can search, download and print them.
- A 3D printer network, where interested 3D print operators can list their machines for hire by users searching for a quick print
The store obviously has far fewer items than the larger repositories, such as Thingiverse, but we are impressed with the slick display presented by Spyder 3D World. As of this writing, they seem to have a bit over 200 3D models in a variety of categories. Most are “free” for download or have pretty low pricing.
The print network also suffers from few participants, as one might expect from a new network. We were able to find some 52 printers in the Spyder 3D World network, which is significantly less than, say, 3D Hubs’ near 10,000 participants.
These kinds of services really depend on the network effect; it could be very difficult for Spyder 3D World to catch up to the other more established networks. However, it’s a wide open world in the 3D printing space and you never know what might happen.
Via Spyder 3D World