1. Create and sell designs and printed items
There is a wide selection of free 3D modeling software that you can use to create your 3D models. Sketchup, 3DSlash, 123D Design, TinkerCAD, Sculptris, Meshmixer, and Blender are some of the most popular.
Beginners can easily find online courses, tutorials, and YouTube videos to gain skills in using modeling software, as well as gain guidance and support from the large online community.
There are many markets for you to print or sell your designs and prints:
> 3DExport: a marketplace to sell your designs
> 3Docean – – a repository of 3D models
> Azavy: upload your design files here and get paid when someone prints your file
> CGTrader: one of the largest repositories of 3D designs
> Daz 3D: a repository of 3D models
> iMaterialise: you can set up your store on this website to sell your designs
> Shapeways – Set up your shop here to sell your prints to be printed on Shapeways
> Sculpteo: you can set up your shop here to sell your 3D prints
> Turbosquid – a repository of 3D models
If you have access to 3D printers, you can sell 3D printed items on Etsy, which is a great place to sell 3D printed crafts. You can also sell 3D printed items on Amazon and eBay. Unique 3D printed items could probably sell better on eBay.
2. Buy a 3D printer and offer a 3D printing service
This option requires an investment of hundreds or even thousands of dollars to purchase a 3D printer, as well as some time to learn and gain experience to achieve professional-quality prints.
Then you can offer your services through a 3D printing network like 3D Hubs and Shapeways Global Partner Network. Include your printer in your network and potential customers in your local area can find it and hire your 3D printing service.
3. Establish a 3D printed food cafe or candy store.
Food Ink leads the pack by establishing the world’s first 3D printing pop-up restaurant in the Netherlands. The restaurant uses a fleet of 3D printers to create culinary dishes and desserts.
4.Create new 3D printed products or services
Polychemy specializes in 3D printed jewelry and allows customers to customize their jewelry pieces online. Protoseyewear has 3D printed glasses that adapt to you. Danit Peleg specializes in 3D printed fashion. Feetz produces bespoke 3D printed shoes. As technology develops, more and more creative entrepreneurs will start using 3D printing to produce custom products.
You can also open a 3D selfie studio where you scan your clients and print their figures. Sculptures Studio, Cokreeate, and iOYS are some examples.
5. Take 3D modeling and printing courses
Share your experience by taking courses and trainings in 3D printing. You can also create online courses on 3D printing. This can generate passive income for some time.
6. Blog and monetization of your website
Blog about a 3D printing niche and monetize your website. Participate in affiliate marketing of 3D printing products.
7. Create YouTube videos
You can create YouTube videos related to 3D printing and monetize your videos.
8. Sell 3D printers
Sells 3D printers, scanners, supplies, and software. You can also consider renting 3D printers and scanners if there is demand in your community.
9. Repair 3D printers
If you are technically inclined and like to play with machines, you can offer a service to help people repair or upgrade their 3D printers.
10. Invest in 3D printing companies or startups
Publicly traded shares of 3D printing companies Stratasys, Organovo, and 3D Systems. With sufficient financial resources and the right network, you might also find opportunities to invest in startups that are making better 3D printers or creating 3D printing related applications.