From the world’s first 3D printing photo booth to artists who turn your Facebook data into 3D art objects, the world of 3D printing just seems to get better and better. But, let’s say you’re dreaming up a 3D masterpiece. How easy is it to bring your idea to life? Enter makexyz.com, a company that connects printers with makers to make all your 3D printing dreams come true.
As an artist, using makexyz is simple. Start by uploading your file to the site. From there you’ll enter some key information: zip code, material, color and quantity. Click submit, your project is off to a printer. Depending on the printer you choose, you can either pick up your project or have it shipped directly to you.
As we’ve mentioned before, you don’t need fancy modeling software to start experimenting with 3D printing projects. Programs like Trimble SketchUp, Tinkercad and 3DTin let you experiment with modeling for free. They offer blank canvases, and give you the tools to jump in and design 3D digital forms. Once you’ve created your perfect object, makexyz will help you find a printer that brings your form from onscreen perfection to offscreen perfection.
If you’re a 3D printer makexyz is a perfect way to connect with artists and creators who need your services. Create an account to list your printer on their site. makexyz will send you print-ready files from customers. You can set your price, so they’ll send money and “positive vibes” once the job is complete.