If you are familiar with technology and “makers”, you’ll have a pretty good idea about 3D printing, and the rise of on-demand manufacturing. It is a new form of personalization and mass customization that is set to disrupt the way that products are created and delivered to consumers. Yes, it is a big deal.
Step in with Shapeways, an initial foray into the collaborative side of personal manufacturing and purchase for consumers. It is like an artisan crafty Etsy, but made for the 21st Century. Not many knitted caps and fancy frames here, it specialised in this new form of rapid manufacturing, through a variety of processes.
Creators can in fact create their products and then sell them in the Shapeways marketplace. And yes, everything can be personalised and customized to your liking. They are future-proofing their community here.
What makes this community unique is its ability to use it as a futuristic marketplace, when you can create and order products exactly they way that you want. It is sure to bring out the fanboy in everyone.
Here is my profile on Shapeways: https://www.shapeways.com/designer/doylebuehler
Who is using Shapeways.com (Data from Alexa)? http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/shapeways.com
Social Media/Content Type: Rapid Manufacturing Technologies
What is it good for, for your business? To connect with a community of makers, builders and creators.
What do you need to do, to use it for your business? Discover new products for resale if you are a distributor, or jump on the bandwagon for rapid manufacturing of products.
What type of business is it useful for? Retail, crafting businesses
Pay Plans? No
Free Version? Yes
Overall Content Type: Specific to your audience and personas
The Digital Delusion Index (Overall Site Usefulness): 3/5
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