The World Cup in Brazil: is there anything else we’re talking about these days? Even in the 3D printing world the World Cup has started to play a significant role for news, with playful inventions such as the SambaCan and the KXX. However, there are lots of other things to mention about Brazil. For instance, the 6th economy in the world now approaches the 3D age, and we just got the news from 3D market place 3DVIX that they are about to open three new local 3D print shops in the country’s major cities São Paulo, Brasilia and Porto Alegre.
So what is 3DVIX, then? Well, it all begins at a castle in Miami, where Prinvix, a group of 3D printing related businesses, has its headquarters. Prinvix is currently working on a new 3D printing marketplace, for which they’ve released the beta version of the website just days ago. We hear you thinking: another company aiming to do something which has been done for quite some time: setting up a 3D marketplace? And you have a point, as there already are 3D printing marketplaces such as Shapeways, and 3DLT for various objects and materials, and even a category-specific marketplace for toys, called ToysFabb.
The company, however, wants to distinguish its business model from current competitors by building a global network of local print shops in order to reduce international delivery fees and import duties. This is also why the company aims to open three 3D printing shops in Brazil. “Our parent company has a long standing presence in Brazil,” says 3DVIX’s Caroline Wolfe to 3dprinting.com. “We are in the process of building a global network that starts with opening up an additional three shops in what is the 6th largest economy in the world. Prinvix aims to promote awareness and education about 3D printing in local schools there with the aid of Brazil’s first locally produced 3D printer, VIXBOT.”
Yes, it’s true: the South-American country officially has its first made-in-Brazil 3D printer – which looks kind of eighties, but folks: retro it is. But back to 3DVIX: what are the main benefits of yet another 3D printing marketplace? Well, it’s kind of a clever system, actually. Because 3DVIX wants to work together with several local 3D printing shops on a world-wide scale, users will be able to get their 3D print for a relatively small amount of money, as they don’t have to bother too much about transportation costs and the aforementioned fees and duties that come along with it.
3DVIX says it works as a “printer in the cloud”, where people will are capable of 3D printing objects in various materials, such as plastic, sandstone, metal and ceramics. There are also design services on the website for people who are less advanced in 3D modeling.And it’s not just a business model for the initiators, because designers can also use it to sell their designs online. Just like 3DLT, designers can set up a store and make money from their 3D designs. “You set the selling price for 3D-printed objects that you design by marking up our printing fee for each material you want to make available for your designs,” says 3DVIX. “The amount of the mark-up is your income.” In case you’re a 3D designer, you’ll find it good to know 3DVIX is currently searching for world-class designers.
All in all, we have to admit this marketplace certainly uses an original approach to online selling 3D printed objects and models. These developments also mark the start of a new age for online retail, namely the start of the 3D marketplaces. As mentioned before, 3DVIX is not the first one of its kind and we can imagine many more parties will follow this example. It rises the question: what do we need online shops for if everyone can purchase their own prints and get them printed at a nearby shop?
Another interesting fact is the growing interest in Brazil by 3D printing companies: is this solely because of the World Cup hype, or do today’s start-ups really believe in the South-American country? We will probably find out more about this the upcoming years. Exciting times for companies like 3DVIX, so much is for sure.
Credits images: first – Ventureburn, second – 3DVIX.