Category Archives: selling

Cashing In on the Wedding Industry: Laser Cut Centerpieces

How Others are Finding Success Making and Selling Table Numbers and Centerpieces Wedding guests have their first taste of things to come with custom laser cut invitations, and we’ve seen how fun and playful laser cut photo booth props entertain and delight. The all-important wedding cake has also had a romantic laser cut makeover, and today […]

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Cashing In on the Wedding Industry: Laser Cut Centerpieces

How Others are Finding Success Making and Selling Table Numbers and Centerpieces Wedding guests have their first taste of things to come with custom laser cut invitations, and we’ve seen how fun and playful laser cut photo booth props entertain and delight. The all-important wedding cake has also had a romantic laser cut makeover, and today […]

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How to Make Money with 3D Printing: 5 Easy Tips That Will Boost Your Sales and Won’t Cost a Dime!

Got a great 3D printed product? Then why not start selling it and making money from 3D printing? In this tutorial, we aim to help designers, makers, and entrepreneurs get their products online, learn how to present their prints properly, and build their own brand. Let’s take a look at the 5 best tips for making money with a 3D printer! 1. Starting: Get Your Products Out There! The internet offers a wealth of great platforms for selling your 3D printed products. You can also start selling your items on other platforms such as Amazon, Etsy, eBay, or your own website. Also, perform a Google research for your niche (“Where can I sell xy products?”) to find other marketplaces that could work for your product. If you’re a jewelry designer, potential customers will search for your products on a jewelry marketplace. If you want to sell scale models, then you need to find a platform where scale models are sold. After all, you need to go where your customers are. Whichever platform(s) you choose, try to get your products out there! The simplest option is to start right here on i.materialise. It only takes a few minutes and here is how it works: On your profile, go to “Public Profile” and add your name or the name of your brand. Make sure to upload a profile picture and a cover photo for your shop. Last but not least, you should insert your website address. Then click on “Vendor info”, where you can add your PayPal account. Whenever you sell an item, we will transfer the money directly to this account. If you do not already have a PayPal account, you can find information on how to create one on this page. Click on “Shop items” to add new items to your shop or to edit existing ones. Make sure to upload impressive pictures and even videos for each item. Also, choose a strong headline and description. Don’t forget to set the sales price and choose the materials in which you want to sell your item. Click on the “Sales” buttons to keep track of your sales and earnings. However, relying solely on putting your products on online platforms will not be enough to boost your sales. You need to get active and create some attention for your products. For more information on how to drive sales, keep reading this tutorial for some marketing and branding tips. 2. Presenting: Learn How to Present Your Products For any product, it is important to choose a catchy name, add relevant product tags, and write a precise description. This will make it easier for your product to be found by people and search engines. If you are having trouble describing and presenting your items in text, you can hire a copywriter on Fiverr. Product presentation is all about quality photos and visualization of your items. You might have an amazing product, but if people cannot see the quality and details of the item, they will most likely not end up buying it. Offer your customer more than a dark, pixelated photo or a rendered image. Instead, try to keep some simple tricks in mind: Try to get your hands on a good camera, instead of your smartphone. If you, yourself, don’t have a professional camera, perhaps a friend can help you out. Clean your product before taking a photo. Choose a calm, clean and simple background that matches the color composition of the product. It can be great to simply have a clean, white background. It is also worth placing the product in its natural environment (see example below). Try different angles and points of view. Take as many photos as you like, selecting the best ones later on your computer screen. Get some light: Try to avoid using flash, and make sure there is enough light. Spot a lamp on your product or simply use natural light. However, it is important not to overdo it. While some light is great, too much or too little light won’t enhance the product display. If possible, use a tripod or make sure your camera is very stable. If your object is small, put it next to a ruler or coin to show its measurements. If you decide to sell your products in different materials or colors, it is best to also take photos of these options. Use free photo manipulation software like GIMP to get your colors and contrasts right and crop your image. Get inspired: Browse through our shops and see how other designers present their products. Below, you can see examples of jewelry brand designs Designeradesigns’ Glam.or.ous ring. 3. Branding: Learn How to Build Your Own Brand “A brand is anything—a symbol, design, name, sound, reputation, emotion, tone, and much more—that separates one thing from another.” – Neil Patel/Aaron Agius In order to define your own values, audience, goals, and build a long-term strategy, you need to think about your brand first. Define your brand: When developing your brand, think of it as a person. We are all made up of beliefs, values, talents, etc., that define who we are, what we do best, and who we connect with. Our individual personalities determine how we behave and how we communicate. When building a new brand, it is vital to have that understanding. In other words, decide who you want your brand to be. Define your target audience: Think about your products and your brand – which customers do you want to reach? Which product group, age, gender, location, interest, language, and behavior do you want to target? Do you want to stay general or target a niche? Defining your target audience is important for the next step of your branding strategy. Define how you can best reach this audience: Once you know who you would like to target, try to reach this audience as effectively as possible. In addition to defining your target group, get a specific design and logo (browse designmantic.com for free inspiration) and choose a language style that matches your