3Dagogo is a Californian-based startup aiming to create a marketplace of 3D designs that are not only unique and creative, but more importantly tested and proven to be printable.
"An informal survey we conducted revealed that up to 70 percent of free 3D designs on the internet are severely flawed and would result in a failed print and wasted filament," said Drew Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder of 3Dagogo.
The 3Dagogo platform allows designers to set their own prices, offer business and commercial license options and get paid for their art. One of the requirements for a design to be featured on the 3Dagogo website includes a photograph of the final printed product.
"Every design is guaranteed to print", said the company. "We want to set designers with 3D printing experience apart from those without."
The 3Dagogo website features a search interface that allows users to search based on their printer's parameters. Parameters including print bed size, number of extruders, support material and material type helps make the 3D printing process simple for the non-tech consumer.
3Dagogo is running a contest to search for 3D printing designers with exceptional creativity and proven design skills. The contest runs from Oct 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013, and features a monthly battle of wits to create designs based on multiple themes that will be revealed at the start of every month. Three prizes will be awarded every month, and a grand prize of a Makerbot Digitizer (desktop 3D scanner) will be awarded for the best design over the entire competition. Monthly prizes to be won include plastic filament, 3Dagogo "I'm a winner" t-shirts, and having the design featured in promotions.
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3DP guy wrote at 11/25/2013 7:15:25 AM:
I feel that it's important for the independent artists to get paid for their work. Also, they are simply modeling after the music industry (iTunes). You cannot buy a license to play a music file and then legally give that file to a friend. Of course lots of people do it. However, it is against the set license that you are purchasing with the file. It's better for the artist in my opinion when it's not a file sharing system. Of course, lots of people in the 3D community are looking for the future of 3D printing to be totally free open source everything. I think Thingiverse supplies that for designs. This seems to be an alternative that may fill in some of the gaps that Thingiverse lacks.
total wrote at 11/24/2013 1:54:55 PM:
form their faq CAN I GIVE THE DESIGN FILE TO MY FRIEND? No, this isn't Napster! File sharing is so 80's anyway, why would you wanna do that? That says it all.