June 23, 2014

Miami, Florida based Prinvix has just released the beta version of its 3D printing marketplace, 3DVIX. 3DVIX works as your "printer in the cloud". Similar as Shapeways, it prints your 3D designs and ships them worldwide. When you upload your design files to 3DVIX, you get instant quotes for printing it in all available materials, which includes many types of plastic, gypsum (sandstone), metal and – coming soon – ceramics. The site also offers design services for those who have not yet mastered 3D modeling software.

Designers can also make money with 3DVIX. Aside from allowing you to order prints of your own designs, 3DVIX allows you to set up a store front and start selling products made from your designs.

Designers can set up a store with their own banner and own sub-domain within 3DVIX. You set the selling price for 3D-printed objects that you design by marking up 3DVIX's printing fee for each material you want to make available for your designs. The amount of the mark-up is your income. 3DVIX will manage the entire sales process including printing, inventory, invoicing or shipping so designers can focus on designing and promoting. 3DVIX will send you payments monthly for your portion of the sales proceeds.

Prinvix has a long standing presence in Brazil and the company is in the process of setting up three local print shops in Brazil – in São Paulo, Brasilia and Porto Alegre in order to reduce international delivery fees and import duties. As import duties are extremely high in Brazil, 3DVIX's local network provides a competitive advantage compared to other international 3D printing services providers.

"Brazil is the 6th largest economy in the world and there is a great demand there for 3D printers and printing services", explains Victor Mendes, CEO of Prinvix. Last year Prinvix introduced its first made-in-Brazil desktop 3D printer, the VIXBOT VB1X.

"Part of our vision at Prinvix is to promote mainstream awareness and education about 3D printing, and also make it accessible to less privileged folks in developing countries", says Mendes.

3DVIX intends to build a more robust curation process for the designs on display on their site. "Our focus is quality, not quantity", explains Joaquim Venancio, 3DVIX's Chief Technology Officer. "We want the stores on our site to feature interesting, creative designs that people actually want to buy – not just anything".

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