Nov.11, 2013

In the beginning of November, CGTrader, a 3D model sales marketplace, added a new feature on its site which let clients to go further in engaging the 3D printing technology. In collaboration with Sculpteo, buyers can order a 3D printed version of a model and wait for it to arrive through mail. Buyer will find a "Print 3D Model" button in the item pages of 3D print-ready models and he will be redirected to 3D printing service Sculpteo.

And sellers' 3D print-ready models will be uploaded on Sculpteo website as well. Therefore 3D designers acquire an exceptional opportunity to position their models in two marketplaces at one time.

CGTrader was launched by 3D designer Marius Kalytis two years ago in 2011. Uploading 3D models to CGTrader is free, and the authors receive 100% of the sales proceeds directly from the customer. But once the model is sold, it becomes inactive, and the seller has to buy CGTrader credits to put it back on sale. The activation fee depends on the price of the model, but on average sellers receive over 90% of royalties.

CEO Marius Kalytis is glad to give clients a new possibility to become a bigger part of the 3D printing breakthrough. "We believe that 3D printing will shake the ground of manufacturing pretty soon. Therefore, we are waiting and getting ready for it anxiously and we surely do not want to be in the end of the crowd when it will happen," says Kalytis.

Venture capital fund Practica Capital assigned 185,000 euros to CGTrader for the business development in early 2013. There are more than 23,000 members of the community right now.


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