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.
Since 3D Printing started to become popular and accessible among amateurs in 2012 there has been the continuous creation of new products for those 3D Printers to build Yoda Heads, Benchies, and some some models that are actually useful in everyday life, like the BakerCube, which has been downloaded thousands of times.
But unfortunately the only place that designers have been able to go with their creations are free sites. And while this has helped the personal 3D Printing market grow, the designers have seen almost no compensation for their great ideas. Unless someone donates to you or buys the 3D model there was no way to make a living creating new 3D Printed products. App designers on the other hand are becoming millionaires through social networking, dating, ride-sharing, and so many more. But this is because app developers can create an idea and post it on the appstore within days and get immediately worldwide distribution. That has not been the case for physical product.
But that is why we created Angled.io. Angled is a print-on-demand marketplace that takes advantage of large scale 3D Printing farms to produce products on demand when customers order them. Angled takes care of the manufacturing and the distribution. Just like an app-store, the only thing the designer has to worry about is the design of the product.
If you have created 3D models of a product, for thingiverse or myminifactory, then you can submit them here at Angled and immediately get distribution of your product to people without 3D Printers. When they order your product the item will be printed and shipped within 24 hours. You, the designer, will then receive between 20-30% of the sale of that product.
So what are you waiting for. Submit your 3D models today and start making money from them tomorrow. It is now possible for 3D modelers to become millionaires, just like the programmers.
The BagClamp was a product that was created at Slant 3D. This project was inspired by the need to clean up the bags in our break area at the office. After having enough, our team decided to create the BagClamp.
When we started the project we took 2 days to go through ideas. We settled on the clamp design and figured out the basic design of the cap and spout. This setup would let us seal a bag effectively but still provide easy access to the contents by just unscrewing the lid.
After we several functional prototypes were 3D Printed we were able to place the BagClamp on Kickstarter. This let us gauge market acceptance before producing thousands of pieces of inventory. The response was amazing. During a 1 month campaign with no marketing the BagClamp raised more than 11 thousand dollars.
The several thousand clamps needed for the Kickstarter were produced at Slant 3D Printer farms in order order to avoid the high cost of molds. This also gave us the ability to adjust the design from the original production design after feedback came back from customers.
Now the BagClamp is available on Angled.io. Whenever a customer makes an order the BagClamp is printed and shipped that day. And the original designer receives a 20% royalty from the sale.
If you have an idea for product go ahead and submit it to Angled. If it meets our standards for products then we will get it up onto the website. Then whenever a customer orders your product it will be printed and shipped to them. And if you product shows really great promise then our team will work with you to improve it and market it even more (Maybe even help with a kickstarter campaign). And at the end of the day you, as the designer, will receive a 20-30% royalty from every copy of your product sold. And Angled.io takes care of all of the printing, shipping, and even a chunk of the marketing.
At Angled we are constantly looking for and recruiting new designers to have their products sold on the platform. (If you would like to submit your products go for it). Sunshine is one of those creators.
Sunshine has been creating truly original products, that can only be created with 3D Printing. Called "print-in-place" designs, Sunshine's creations are dynamics and complex. But they require no assembly at all. They come out of a 3D Printer and they are complete. It is truly brilliant and original design
The First of these products to be added to Andled.io is the spring Phone Holder.
A complex mechanism, that is able to clasp your phone when it is placed in the holder, makes this piece both interesting too look at and just satisfying to watch. The piece is mainly intended to be used as a charging stand for your phone and of course an interesting conversation piece/piece of artwork for your hallway.
Sunshine creates youtube Videos about all of his creations. By placing a few of them on Angled he is able to monetize these original creations in a way that was never before possible. And therefore support his channels with another source of revenue.
His 3D models are just uploaded and then we here at Angled print it, create photographs and promote the product. And a portion of all sales go back to the creator.
We are very excited to have Sunshine on the Angled as a youtuber and designer. We can't wait to see what he creates next.
Find Sunshine on Facebook and Youtube
So you have had your product approved for Angled. Congratulations. Welcome to the community of youtubers monetizing their 3D Models and content and creating great new ways of connecting with their audience.
At Angled we work to promote all of our partners and what they create. But ultimately the success of your products comes down to you. You need to understand your product and your audience. Once you know that you can promote it and increase your sales. Here are a few simple ways of promoting your product to increase sales through your youtube Channel
When we are working with new designers here at Angled we are constantly asked about surface finish and overall appearance. There are also the questions about material and function.
The short answer is that 3D Printed product can function as well if not better than any other process. As long as the design designs with 3D Printing in mind.
As far as appearance. 3D Printing will generally have a texture. But you can lean into that. You can use the 3D Printing layer lines like the grain in wood. Or you can apply textures to you part that cannot be created without normally have to paint of post process the piece.
But if you are just looking to know what comes off a 3D Printer without all the special design. We highly recommend you check out WildRoseBuilds. This great youtube channel prints all kinds of objects and gives you a good way to see what can come off a printer.
Alright. Your channel is growing. You have an audience. You are ready for merch, and you don't want to to just do another T-Shirt. Because let's face it, how many Tee's do people need.
Angled is an option for you because we have dozens of products that can be branded. We will work with you to create fully custom products. And there are no minimum orders. So you can sell 1 item or 10,000. All with zero startup cost.
So how do you get setup? Well the first thing to do is visit our Youtuber Merchandise Page to see what products can be easily customized. Then reach out to us with what products you are interested in. One of our team will be in contact shortly. Once you have chosen a product we will place your branding on it and create a Listing on our Marketplace. We take care of photos but if you have some you would like to submit you can
Once the listing is live, tell your audience about it. You might order the product from Angled to learn about the experience, then you have it in your hands to talk about. Maybe do a feature video, or just place the listing in your descriptions.
Then when your item is purchased we will print, pack and ship it to your supporter. And each month you will get a percentage of all sales of your product.
Basically we are leaving you free to create. We take care of the product manufacturing and fulfillment.
If you have a unique product that just simply does not exist yet, we would be happy to work with you to bring into reality. We do this all the time. Where do you think the BagClamp came from
"The difficulty and value of manufacturing is underappreciated" -Elon Musk
There is nothing more difficult to do than manufacture a product. The idea is literally about 1% of the work that goes into bringing a product to consumers. The rest is actually makint the thing.
After the idea there is the design, from the design there is the optimization. That is dependent on the manufacturing process. If your product has more than 1 part then you have to deal with sourcing from multiple suppliers. The logistics and cost associated with that. Then there is the packaging. Once a product is in the box you have to deal with the fulfillment. But that is only after starting a marketplace for your product. And then there are taxes, potentially employees, rent, more manufacturing. Need we go on.
Designers are creative. And we need them to be. So many creative people are limited because they are only able to take one idea every few years and bring it to market. This is because everything around the product takes so much work. Imagine what could be created if the creation of a physical product was just like the creation of an app. A Kid with a laptop works up a digital design, and then posts it and people anywhere in the world can get a copy.
That is what we are creating with Angled. A marketplace, manufacturer, and distributor all in one. So designers and inventors can create products and just upload a digital design. Then it is available to the world. All with no up front cost. And the designer can sell 10 or 10 million. All with the same startup cost.
We are doing this with 3D Printing. As part of Slant 3D we have access to the largest and best 3D Printer farms in the world. These printer farms are able to produce 10,000's of parts every week. All with no molding.
Angled is the culmination of years of work at Slant 3D. Now we are able to make the creation of physical objects as easy as the creation of a website or a youtube video. You create the thing, and then it is available to anyone that wants it. And you, the designer, do not have to worry about the logistics of how that thing is delivered to the customer. Leaving you more time to create.
Angled is a manufacturing backend. But instead of servers delivering websites, we have 3D Printers delivering final products.
If you have a product that you would like to add to our site please contact us.