Let’s start off by saying that we love this idea! Makexyz, an American based company, recently launched a new kind of 3D printing service. They had the great idea to localize 3D printing services by making it possible for every 3D printer owner to print out designs for people living nearby.
How does it work exactly?
When you don’t have a 3D printer at home and want to print your designs, you have to do this through a 3D printer service. There aren’t many companies that offer these kind of services and often you have to make your order at a company hundreds of miles away. With Makexyz this is not necessary anymore! Makexyz makes it possible for you to send your design to a (private) 3D printer owner near your home. He then prints it for you and sends it to your home. This way it is even possible to receive your printed 3D model the same day you ordered it. Keep in mind that this service relies on private owners with (mostly) personal/DIY 3D printers, so if you want industry quality print outs for your design or use materials other than ABS or PLA, it is recommended to use a professional company like Shapeways, Ponoko or i.materialise.
As a 3D printer owner you can become part of the Makexyz community and become a 3D printer service yourself. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to keep your printer running in the hours you are not needing it yourself.
When you visit their website you can easily submit yourself as a 3D printer owner or upload your designs and get them printed locally!