For those who don’t have access to the technology, Makexyz connects them with people who own a machine.
3D printing is poised to transform nearly every industry, but what do you do if you don’t have access to a 3D printer? One possibility we’ve seen is a 3D printing vending machine, and now Makexyz is offering another solution. The online storefront connects people with 3D printers to those with design projects in need of one.
You can browse a list of available 3D printers in your zip code and their price. If you find one you want to use, you can upload a file, choose your color and material, and then choose if you want it shipped to you or if you will pick it up.
Makers and print shops can list their 3D printers by creating an account and filling out their printer details. They are then sent ready-to-print files from people in their area, which they ship out or hold for the person to pick up. They can set their own price (prices on the site start at around 25 cents per cm³) and Makexyz takes a 5% service fee.
Programmers Chad Masso and Nathan Tone set up the site earlier this year and Co.Exist reports that over 500 printers around the country have signed up, including homemade printers, Makerbots, and expensive professional machines.