eBay’s New App Offers Customizable 3D-Printed Goods
Leading DIY manufacturers are collaborating with the online auction site.
- 15 july 2013
With the popularity of 3D goods skyrocketing, it was only a matter of time before eBay joined the fray. The online auction site has made it possible to purchase custom wares from three of the top 3D-printing companies using their new app – eBay EXACT.
There are currently around 20 different products available via the app, ranging from technology accessories to jewelry. Considering companies such as Brooklyn-based MakerBot, France-based Sculpteo, and Toronto-based Hot Pop Factory are involved with the app, it’s only a matter of time before the number of offerings is expanded.
Pricing varies depending on what it is you’re after, from $9 for a plastic iPhone case to $350 for a metal ring. Considering that all the items are customizable, there’s definitely some great purchases to be made.
Products are shipped directly from the 3D-printing company’s facilities, usually arriving within seven to 14 business days. Apart from ordering directly from eBay’s partners, customers are also able to keep things simple by paying with PayPal.
Using the app is fairly straightforward, all you have to do is select a product, choose the design and then decide on your own customizations. Apart from the option of engraving, there are also different materials to choose from such as plastic, wood and metal – allowing you to create a one-of-a-kind item for yourself.
eBay EXACT shows that the company wants to position itself to take advantage of the 3D-printing gold rush – if and when it occurs. The app is also a way for the company to invest without having to dedicate a huge proportion of its own resources – relying on the 3D-printers facilities to supply products.