Internet is the number one place for the 3D printing community to gather. So far, Makerbot’s Thingiverse has been one of the strongest lianas in the open-source jungle of 3D printing, while Shapeways has been the place for printing artists to sell their objects. However, they are competed by another website, called 3DaGoGo – a so-called “market place for proven to print 3D designs.” 3DaGoGo has just implemented something quite interesting to its website: a communities page for designers.
A ‘communities page’: it might sound a little geeky to some. Nevertheless, it could lead to really interesting things. 59.2 million 3D design downloads are estimated for 2014 and designers from all over the world working together more closely could lead to an exchange of ideas. 3D Hubs already does it with a world map, in which you can zoom in and find likeminded people in your own zone, but the approach by 3DaGoGo is a little different.
The website works with a communal storefront and any designer of group of designers is able to create a ‘Communities’ page, after which they can decide on the membership profile. 3DaGoGo states: “They will (…) be able to upload and manage a communal storefront where all the members’ designs are showcased in one location. This communal storefront will automatically populate from the designs in each of the members’ storefronts. Other features such as the ability to select which designs to showcase, highlight featured designs, and set up forums are in the process of being developed and will be added later this year.”
3DaGoGo has been approached by Fab Lab San Diego to create this network community platform for designers. Fab Lab San Diego is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Fab Lab Network. Fab Lab is also the first group to enter the communities page and if you’re interested in the men behind the company, then check out their page.
Image credits: Samuel Bernier, Thingiverse.