3D Printing is a great hobby. You get to create cool stuff as quickly as you can think of it. But like most great hobbies it is also a bit expensive.
Many 3D Printing hobbyists end up turning their hobby into a small business to help pay for filament and the machine itself. Etsy stores, eBay, and even Facebook have been great areas for this. But running a 3D printing business is sometimes more effort than it’s worth. Sure you get to print the products, that’s great. But you have to ship it, you have to market it, and when Christmas comes around you have get an overflow of orders you can't keep up with. You went from trying to create cool stuff and having fun sharing it, to a full time job.
This is the reason Angled was created. To get 3D printed products manufactured and into customers hands without designers having to deal with the whole manufacturing cost and process.
Angled allows designers to upload a 3D model. If approved by the Angled team (to ensure manufacturability, safety, attribution, etc.) then it is listed on the site. From there, a normal person can purchase the 3D printed product. When that order comes through, Angled uses 3D Printing farms with hundreds machines to make the piece on demand. We box it and ship it to the customer in a couple of days.
With Devin, he started out with the Tippi Tree game on Angled. Obviously since printing out kits for fans would probably distract a bit from actually running his YouTube channel. Now not only are normal people able to get a copy of the game, but Devin now gets to turn all of his ideas into actual passive income.
All designers on Angled.io receive a monthly royalty on the sales of their products. Currently it is 15-25%.
It has been great to work with Devin, and all the other designers on our site like Eastman, Clockspring, and Selfix, who have submitted and licensed designs with us.
It is now possible for anyone anywhere to just upload a 3D model and immediately get mass production and fulfillment taken care of if the world likes it. No more setting up Esty shops, no more packing boxes. You can now just create awesome stuff and share it with the world, and make some money.
Okay how does this all work? Well here is the nitty gritty of it for you to look over. You can also dig into our Terms of Service, FAQ, and Designer page. Also, just browse the site and let us know what you think.
What are the Print Settings?
Most Parts on Angled have to be printed with the settings below
Who Owns the Model?
This is a common question that comes up frequently and we don't blame anyone for asking. The fact of the matter is that digital files are easy to steal. There have been a lot of bad/illegal websites in the 3D printing space since it started that have made designers skeptical to submit designs. However, Angled is not one of those sites.
Here’s the thing. Angled can’t exist without designers making new awesome products, just like YouTube can’t exist without their creators making new awesome videos. YouTube doesn’t own the videos and we don’t own the models. At Angled designers can remove their models off the site. If Devin wants to take Tippi Tree off the site all he has to do is say so. The 3D printing community is quite small and Angled wants to maintain a healthy relationship with designers as well as the community at large.
How Do You Make All the Parts?
Angled.io is a division of Slant 3D. The entire goal of Slant 3D was to make manufacturing easier. Angled is as easy as it gets. You upload a model and the part is manufactured when someone orders it.
Slant 3D operates the Largest 3D Printing Farms in North America possibly the world (Primary Print Farm Beta is in Idaho). We produce 10,000’s of parts per week with hundreds of automated machines. This lets us get an order, print the part and ship it in days. And since we make our own machines and many of our own materials, a pandemic won’t slow us down.
If you would like to start your business on Angled like Devin, head over to our product submission page to start the process of making your 3D designing hobby a business. Also check out our FAQ page and Terms of Service page for answers to many common questions we get about partnering with Angled. Lastly if you have any additional questions about the logistics reach out to us using our Contact Us page. Here at Angled we cannot wait to see what new design you create.