Mar.6, 2014

Seattle-based e-commerce giant Amazon has launched a new pilot program selling 3D printed consumer goods. 3DLT, a platform for 3D Printing As-a-Service, is one of five companies selected to participate in the program to sell 3D printed items on Amazon.com.

The products range from fashion jewelry pieces to home decor items and tech accessories.

"We think 3D print-on-demand will be very attractive to companies who want access to a new, digital channel. It will also be appealing to independent designers who've told us they want access to a large consumer market." said Colin Klayer of 3DLT.

Founded in 2012, 3DLT is a 3D printing template marketplace where industrial designers, engineers and companies can sell 3D printable items. It is also a place for consumers to buy designs that they can print at home.

In Jun 2013, Amazon decided to seriously involve in the 3D printing market by launching a new section for 3D Printers & Supplies under Industrial & Scientific > Additive Manufacturing Products category. Though Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos believes 3D printing will not change the distribution of products anytime soon, the company sees also the explosive growth of 3D printing.

"When it was announced that Amazon would begin selling 3D printers and supplies last summer, the industry heralded it as a defining moment, a clear indication that 3D printing was going mainstream," says Hauer. "We think the decision to sell 3D printed products sends an even bigger message. Consumer products are the next frontier."

Amazon's pilot initially has four categories: toys, home accessories and decor items, jewelry and fashion/tech accessories. The page for 3DLT's items show products such as iPhone cases, jewelry, coasters, vases and statues.

Initially, 3DLT has made approximately fifty of its products available on its Amazon store. Over the coming weeks new products will be added.

 

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