So, here is the problem, there are no unique ways to make money with your 3D printer. It doesn’t matter what you think of, it has already been thought of and tried. Modern 3D printing technology is so new that people are buying them simply so that they may experiment and play with them.
They are trying the various 3D printer projects that you probably think are original and that you are destined to try with your own 3D printer. So, what does this mean for the 3D printing enthusiast and wannabe businessperson? It means you need to find unique ways to make more money, to sell your idea, and to lower costs.
Unique Ways to Make More Money
Think of it this way. Let’s say that you are making money by creating customized Playstation 5 pads. A unique way to make “More” money may be to add an upgrade to your service where you also customize the pads to the exact scale of the user’s fingers. That way, the user may hold onto the pad by exerting less force to hold it.
Unique Ways to Sell Your Idea
Take the example of people who use their 3D printers to create scale models or dolls of real life people. They may promote their service on Google, on social media and so forth. In order to make more money, you need to think of new ways to sell such an idea. Perhaps with a booth at local and national fairs that take photos of potential customers and then create a 3D rendering on a computer screen of what the doll would look like.
Unique Ways to Lower Your Costs
This is an awfully difficult one because the costs are very high and there is almost nothing you can do to bring them down. The starting costs, the upkeep costs, and the cost of materials are all very high. However, if you can think of a unique way of saving money, then it puts you streets ahead of all other 3D printing businesses. Even if you could think of a way to speed up the printing process, then you could create more units per day and earn more money as a result.
Renting Your 3D Printer
A classic, albeit not unique, way to make money with your 3D printer is to rent it out. Some people rent theirs out as a way of earning a little side money when their orders for 3D printed goods runs a little dry. However, having people come into your place of business to use your 3D printer (like how they may use a photo booth) is not a bad idea if you can get a steady stream of customers.
Think Outside the Box
There are different ways you can use your 3D printer that may earn you money later on down the line. For example, you could record the creation of every single item you produce. Then, you could keep the ones that fail, you could put them up on YouTube and demonstrate to people what “Not” to do when 3D printing. You may not earn enough to run a business, but it helps generate a bit of money and industry interest by showing people what they shouldn’t do with their own 3D printers.
How Can an Idea Become Unique?
It all depends on how you approach the situation. For example, lots of 3D printing businesses target those who want prototypes created for their projects. Broaden such ideas and do things like offer 3D prototypes for animated figures. The animators could figure out camera angles in real life, take photos, and then use those photos as story boards. That is just one way that an already existing idea could be made more unique. Do a little thinking and you may be surprised by what you come up with.