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  1. Owen, Xeno, Valcrow thanks so much! Very good ideas - I will discuss them with my team and see what we can do.
  2. Alexander, thanks so much for clarifying! Just like you said, this is an experiment not only for you but for us as well, so apologies for the bumps along the way Valcrow, Xeno, these are all great points. We also think that high quality 3D printable models will find their place in the market. While the market for 3D models that are used digitally is pretty much established by now and I might say almost self-policing, the 3D printable models on our site do vary a lot. We have not yet figured out how to test for printability and ensure that the customers have the best experience, but we're thinking about how to do it in near future. If I am not asking too much and if you guys have time, what would be your advice for testing the printability of the models? Aside from STL checks, is printing the model the best and only way to actually test its printability? Would printing on Ultimaker be enough to give an idea on whether the model is printable, or would you expect the marketplace to certify the model by printing it out on various printers? Any other ideas or suggestions regarding the testing? Thanks a lot for your feedback once again!
  3. Zungara, thanks for your comment and the suggestion for pricing! Yes, we probably still need to figure out the pricing and make sure the models are tested for printability to make it an attractive marketplace for printable models as well. I can see your point, there sometimes is variation in prices that is not very reasonable So we'll look into that and hopefully will make the system work better soon!
  4. Hi guys! Dalia from CGTrader here. We have received quite a few new 3D models for 3D printing. I selected mostly free models to share with you but also added a couple of paid ones, perhaps some of them will catch your attention or provide ideas or inspiration FREE MODELS The Escape 3D model by othar - FREE http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/character-people/fantasy/the-escape FOK1 Restriction Enzyme 3D model by jencheng - FREE (I think you might need an SLS for this one, but please correct me if I am wrong!) http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/science-medical/other/fok1-restriction-enzyme Waiting V2 3D model by othar - FREE http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/character-people/fantasy/waiting-v2 Pet Toaster 3D model by vanalleswatontwerp - FREE http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/household/kitchenware/pet-toaster Complete set of mechanical anatomically driven fingers 3D model by Robohand - FREE (a fascinating project if you have not seen it yet ) http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/character-people/other/complete-set-of-mechanical-anatomically-driven-fingers--2 The Huntress 3D model by othar - FREE http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/character-people/fantasy/the-huntress PAID MODELS McEsher Ascending and Descening 3D building with optical ilusion 3D model by svivanco - USD 10. http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/architectural-exterior/landmark/mcesher-ascending-and-descening-3d-building-with-optical-ilusion Ergonomic SprayGun 3D model by yvo_waldmeier - USD 30 (for the graffiti enthusiasts ) http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/industrial/tool/ergonomic-spraygun Pens Holder / Milk Splash 3D model by GrafxBOX - USD 15 http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/furniture/misc-furniture/pens-holder-milk-splash Hole thru a hole in a hole 3D model by Denali3Ddesign - USD 6 http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/household/other/hole-thru-a-hole-in-a-hole Any comments welcome!
  5. Thanks a lot guys! This is very helpful, appreciate it
  6. Hi guys, Apologies if this was covered before, but after some searching I could not find an answer. The question we had by one of the designers is how many polygons can 3D printing software handle? The designer is working on a model in ZBrush, so perhaps someone of you have had the experience? Thanks a lot in advance!
  7. Hey Ian, will do Thanks for your feedback!
  8. Hi guys, A nice discussion here Thanks for taking the time! I think the pricing is still a question that will be resolved in the future. 3D printing is still an emerging area - and it is great to share the models for free to contribute to the growth of the industry and make more designs available. But I believe professional-level designs have value and at some point in the future it will make sense to pay for a high-quality model. Our goal in this is to help talented designers make a living off their creations Am001, that's a fair point. We've seen some computer graphics designers who switch to 3D printing and create printable models, while others stick to digital areas. But we'll see how it develops in the future. A big part of that I think is education on how printable models should be developed, which we are starting to work on as well. Daid, fully agree about your point regarding the pricing, will try to be a bit more open with the price tags and the like Also, your suggestion about pricing STL files differently is interesting, I will pass it to the author - maybe it makes sense to make a new model dedicated to printing and charge differently. By the way, do you guys typically model the designs yourselves? Are there any things you would like to see modeled but can't find? Just wondering if there are some areas where the designers might be helpful
  9. Hi Ian! Thanks a lot for your concern There are some spammers indeed, but I am not one of them We run a 3D model marketplace for 3D artists and designers, majority of their works are used in computer graphics, but we see increasing interest in 3D printing as well. This is one of the reasons we partnered up with Ultimaker for the best 3D printable model competition - you can see the conditions here: http://www.cgtrader.com/challenges-and-competitions/3d-printing-competition-2013. So as you mention, the model could perhaps use some improvement, but this feedback is extremely valuable for the designers! A lot of them have a great eye for beauty and mad 3D modeling skills, but do not own 3D printers yet and have not had that much experience with 3D printing So your experience and feedback would be very interesting for them - and I think they in return would contribute by coming up with designs and models for 3D print
  10. Hey Paul! Yes, I assume there is a lot of work behind it! But check it out, you can make an offer for a lower price or contact the author - I think they would make a discount or even share the model with you if you consider printing it
  11. Wow! This is very cool! If you change your mind about selling / sharing the model, consider CGTrader, we'd be more than happy to help you sell it
  12. Another interesting design for those willing to print http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/weapon-military/vehicle/thracar
  13. We've got some nice letter designs on CGTrader but the author does not have a 3D printer. Anyone would like to try it out or provide feedback? http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models/architectural-details/decoration/print-ready-steampunk-alphabet-letter-b
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