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    Dear forum members,

    I would like to ask some of your honest expert advice. I love the artwork out here and I really admire all the talent. I was wondering if you also produce your design with 3D printing. I'm in the midst of starting a multi vendor store (the plan is ready [IMG]file:///C:\Users\MICHAL~1\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\ 01\clip_image001.png[/IMG] ) where designers can sell prototypes of their creative 3D designs without the troubles of printing, inventory, distribution etc.. . I would really love some feedback from you guys before I really decide to start up. I hope you can help me with questions like:

    - Why would you decide to sell/buy at such a shop?
    - What can I do better then the already existing print services?
    - What do you expect from a multivendor shop.

    Thank you very much for the help and support.

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    Hi 2day3day and welcome to GDF.

    We ask every new member to read the threads posted HERE, particularly this thread to get acquainted with how things work on GDF. They will explain how the forum runs, the rules, frequently discussed topics and our inside jokes. Your first few posts must be approved by a moderator, so don't panic if they don't show up right away.

    Your image link looks like it points to a file on your computer. You may need to upload it to our server or to an image host server.

    For something like this, you should be inspiring customers with what you can do with them. If someone has never bought product before, they're not in a position to tell you what the might need.

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      Most of the designers here are flat piece designers, though there are a few of us that do work in the exhibit field.
      Or are you talking about promotional items.

      We do 3D printing all the time but still use a vendor for it until we have enough to justify buying a machine. The stuff we prototype though isn't graphic design. And the stuff we actually use 3D printing for mostly, isn't prototyping, it's actual finished custom pieces for various things.

      If you want value added, you need a 3D scanner in order to replicate stuff. This is on top of the skill it takes to use Solidworks or AutoCAD to create prototype printable files for clients who may not have that interface available to them.

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