We are looking for product designers that can create useful and beautiful products.
At Angled we work with designers all over the world. Angled allows them to put their ideas into peoples hands for free. And we are always looking for more.
Industrial designers are a select group. Engineers with an eye for art. Problem solvers that have to think about a customer as well as the manufacturing.
Angled is constantly looking for new products. But all too often there problems with submission that prevent them from thriving on the platform. Often it has to do with manufacturability or the value of the product in general. Since industrial designers sit at the intersection of all parts of a product they are ideal for creating new products.
Industrial designers also often suffer from a lack of outlets for their ideas. Portfolios overflow with sketches and renders, and unfortunately many of them will never be made.
Angled was created to drop the barriers to zero of manufacturing a new product. Now any product can be made if it solves a problem or creates something that no one has ever seen. Those portfolios can now become actual products and prove themselves in the world.
How Does it Work
You submit a design. It must be 3D Printable and either solve a problem or be something that is fresh and new. You keep ownership of the design, you simply license it to Angled.io. If the product is approved then it will be added to the Angled.io site. And since we want every designer to be successful we will help with promotion and advertising (though make sure that you take responsibility for your success as well by sharing and promoting your product.)
Designers on Angled receive a royalty from every sale of their products. Often these royalties are greater than standard licensing royalties if a company were to take on your invention. We have designers on the platform that have begun to make it their full time career.
There is no cost to submit. We want to partner with designers and give them outlet for their products. Thousands of brilliant ideas are lost each year due to the cost of manufacturing. We have made that cost zero.
What is a Good Product?
If we knew that precisely we would be on our private islands. The beauty of Angled is that is allows ideas for physical products to be tried and iterated on for free. But there are some basic principles and genres of products that we look for.
Currently on Angled products that we are looking for are in the following categories
Industrial designers make their living running through endless new products. Angled gives them an outlet for all the ideas on the sketch pad. It is free to get started and allows designers of mechanical things to do what the programmers have been doing for years. Create something over the weekend that could make them a millionaire.
We can't wait to see what you will create.
At Angled.io, we often use our numerous 3D printers to fill needs that arrive in our warehouse.
We need a pen holder? Printed in-house. We need a printer elbow? Printed in-house. Just recently, our designers noticed that the team was losing small tools around the warehouse, so they quickly devised a solution. They designed a custom tool stand to help our team keep track of all their tools, in one place.
Our designers created this custom tool stand with cubbies for each specific tool that our team may need. This means no more misplacing small tools! Rather than laying tools on a work table or putting them all in a box, they now have their own individual place. Even better, our team members can now simply glance at a tool stand and see which tools may be misplaced.
One of the ingenious elements of our custom tool stand is it’s low-plastic-use design. Not only does the porous nature of the stand mean that we save a ton of plastic in its production, but it also increases efficiency in print time. Rather than having to print a heavy block of plastic layer by layer, our printers can quickly produce a grid pattern with ease without losing any structural integrity in the stand. Even with cubbies in the side of the stand, the grid pattern provides just as much structural integrity as a smooth block of plastic would.
This custom tool stand is a versatile design that will be able to adjust right along with our team. New cubbies can be removed or added to the design as needed, and our team will be able to keep track of the tools they need, all while cutting down on time and plastic to produce. If you want to design something custom for your business, had over to our Product Submission Page to send us your design to produce.
With the United States election on-coming, designers are in full swing creating Trump and Biden merchandise. Whether is be ballcaps, shirts, or toilet paper of the opposing candidate, Print on Demand is busy producing new items.
But it is so limited. The vast majority of election merchandise just clothing. Clothing that is rarely ever used beyond a rally or two. There is so much more that could be made and be used for longer periods of time to show support for your guy or gal.
At Angled we are actively looking for these types of political products from both sides. To be fair Donald Trump has a much broader presence than Joe Biden. We want to represent both equally if possible. So Consider this a shoutout to designers from the Biden camp. Let's see some more stuff from that side.
Donald Trump Bust Statue
With the 2020 election coming in close choose the support for your candidate with this Donald Trump Bust Statue.
Donald Trump is Cesar with this comic Statue.
Designed By Anson Biggs. Portion of all sales goes to designers to allow them to continue to create great products.
Donald Trump Stress Ball
This Donald Trump Stress Ball will let you vent your frustrations during the 2020 Election.
Made from durable rubber this Trump stress toy will hold up to your angriest moments.
Designed by Andre Eberhard. A Portion of all sales goes to the designer to allow them to continue to create create new products.
Once your create your new design go ahead and submit it to us for evaluation. This process usually takes about a week. But, as we said, we are looking for election merchandise to add to Angled. We can't wait to see what you come up with.
Angled has been live for several months now. We have been getting all types of submissions for each month's new cohort of products. Unfortunately, we have not been able to approve all the submissions to Angled. Which begs the question, "How do we evaluate Products for Angled."
With this post we hope to clarify what makes a great 3D printed product, and how we sort them out.
Some parts just can't be made affordably yet. We want Angled to be a marketplace that the average consumer can access. Therefore the products must have a price that matches their value.
The first component of manufacturability is the design itself. Can this part be 3D Printed. Design for Additive manufacturing is a whole post (or book) unto itself, so we will point you to this article about designing for 3D Printing, which covers most of the issues.
But if a product is manufacturable then there is the issue of "can it be made affordable." Remember that every Angled product is made on demand. It has to be produced in time and affordably within our systems. If it can't it will either be very expensive or just physically not possible for us to reliably produce.
The most common contributor to this is the number of parts in the product. We have had submissions for puzzles, kits, and games of all kinds. But the issue is that they may have 20 separate pieces in the set. This many pieces in a set can be expensive to produce. Ideally an angled product is made from 1 Piece and no more than 3. This is not a hard and fast rule, we will still look at the large sets of pieces. (For instance 3D Printed Katan sets are coming out)
Another issue is just the complexity of the piece. Admittedly 3D Printing is really good at making really difficult geometries. But it can be challenging. Some parts would need a person to pick at it for an hour to clean it up after it comes of the machine (the part on the right below). Other parts come off the machine fully complete and ready to ship (every Angled.io part in this post)
Does it solve a problem or is it just cool.
Now this part is a bit subjective, so the team will use our collective experience to make a decision. But generally if we are on the fence we will release the product. We want new products to have chance.
Now let's break this down some more. Does it solve a problem? And does it do it well? We don't want products on angled that are second rate. We are curating them in order to get the best of the best so that a customer doesn't have to wade through piles of bad products looking at reviews. So we will ask "does it a solve a problem well.?" If it does then it is in.
Now solving a problem is great and necessary. But there are awesome products out there that are really just not that functional. But we still love them and want to see them. These are all super subjective, so we will generally post them if we can (within the bounds of manufacturability) just to see what will happen.
Do People Want It?
This is a very simple test. If a product is an iteration or improvement on what already exists our researchers will check to see if something like this is actually in demand. They will look at search traffic and performance of past products.
Now this is generally a step we take when a product is particularly difficult. We put in a lot of effort in photography and ensuring that the products are well made by designers. So if we are putting in all of that work we want to ensure the products have a great chance of success. It is better for the designer and for Angled.io as a whole.
The perfect Product
But truly great products of course combine all of these attributes. They are optimized for 3D Printing. They solve a problem and look great. And they are in a market with a lot of demand so they can be a successful product.
One of our favorite examples of this is the Baker's Cube. The Baker's Cube solves the issue of keeping track of all of your measuring cups, but is also just a great piece. The perfect cube is clean and sleek. It is on a mission, but it can just stand there too. And on the manufacturing side it is perfectly optimized for 3D Printing, so it can be made quite affordably.
We really have to say that the Baker's Cube is a perfect product for Angled.
Hopefully that has given you some context as to what we are looking for on Angled.io. We are looking for great products that can be manufactured with 3D Printing. Over time we hope to open it up more and more so that anyone at anytime can upload a product and just run with it. But for now we are trying our best to make sure that each our designers and customers has a great experience and a great chance of success.