Last month we announced our exciting new Fulfilled by Voodoo service, which allows businesses to integrate Voodoo into their online shops, making it easier than ever to process 3D printing orders. We’re notified as soon as an order is placed with an FBV-powered shop, then we print the item on demand in our factory, and ship it directly to the customer’s doorstep, freeing up valuable time for business owners to focus on product development, marketing, and scaling production.
Today we take a closer look at how Ten Talents Trading Co. used Fulfilled by Voodoo to triple their product offering and massively increase their revenue. Started in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this two-man operation creates customized game pieces for the popular board game, Settlers of Catan. We talked to founder David Hendren to learn more about how Ten Talents transformed from a line of ten SKUs 3D printed in a closet and sold on Etsy, to 32 SKUs printed in our Brooklyn factory and sold in high demand on Amazon.
From Closet Commerce to Online Empire
Ten Talents was born out of personal desire. David enjoyed playing Catan and designing replacement pieces for himself, and started to wonder if other people would be interested in the pieces as well. He just happened to own a small 3D printer, so he did what any enterprising young entrepreneur would do: set up an Etsy shop and started designing, printing, and selling a small range of Catan pieces, literally out of a closet in his Arkansas home.
David estimates that he had the ability to bring in about $10,000 to $15,000 per year in sales while producing pieces at home, but demand for his products quickly outpaced his capacity. He still had a day job to maintain, so the only option was to outsource his production.
“To compete on Amazon, you cannot be doing personal production.”
Today, the team at Voodoo is excited to announce the addition of two new engineering thermoplastics, PET-G and Rigid TPU, to better serve the functional requirements of mechanical projects and end-use products made with Voodoo. This new material capability is the next step in helping our customers bring their biggest ideas to life and grow healthy businesses using 3D printing.
So, what’s special about these new materials? For starters, PET-G’s chemical and temperature resistance make it useful for mechanical parts as well as food and medical applications, and Rigid TPU is suitable for parts with constant wear and impact, including braces, fasteners, washers, and products such as phone cases.
Effective today, customers can access these powerful new materials through our Direct Print service, Volume Print service, and even start integrating them into their ready-to-sell products with Fulfilled By Voodoo. Read on for an in depth look at their characteristics and use cases.
Curious about PET-G and Rigid TPU? We’re sending out these squiggly test prints in every Direct Print order through July 1st.
Get started printing in PET-G and Rigid TPU now
As part of NYCxDesign 2018, our friends at MakerBot tapped 17 of New York City’s best industrial designers to participate in a 30-day design challenge around the concept of 3D Printing for Smarter Living. To help them prototype and develop the smartest possible object in just 30 days, MakerBot generously gifted each team a MakerBot Replicator and a few rolls of filament.
All 15 teams unveiled their hard work on May 17th at MakerBot’s headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, where three teams took home $500 in Voodoo print credit, and only one team took home a whopping $2000 in Voodoo print credit.
These designers have the chops for remarkable and innovative physical products, and we have the chops to manufacture great ideas at volume. We were blown away by what these competitors accomplished with a single printer, so we can’t wait to see what the winners do with (more than) 200 3D printers and a whole lot of printing credit at their disposal. Check out all the design submissions below!
Grand Prize for Best Overall Design: The oVo Clip-On Wheels by Juhi Solanki
All images via MakerBot
Grand Prize for Best Overall Design: The oVo Clip-on Wheels by Juhi Solanki combines a PLA clip with a set of small wheels that are sturdy enough to support large foam core boards. Printed as a single piece, the wheels allow for easy transport and display of signs or posters without looking bulky, and the clip’s high-tension material is extremely durable.
Free + Flat-Rate Shipping Options are Live at Voodoo
So, what are your options? We have free standard shipping for orders over $50 (arrives in 4-6 business days), and a whole range of flat-rate options (Fedex Ground, Fedex 2-Day, and Fedex Priority Overnight).
If your order is over $50, your options will look something like this:
All orders ship from our factory in Brooklyn, NY. You’ll be able to see the exact arrival dates for your order at checkout ― and keep in mind that arrival times also depend on production speed.
If you’re looking for more info, you can find all the details at our Help Center.
And remember, pickup at our factory is always free. Our pickup location is 361 Stagg Street #408, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Come say hey!
Ready to get started? You can head over to our Direct Print page and upload a file or get in touch with our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Semantics of Robotics
These days, few topics are discussed and debated as much as that of robotic automation. What jobs will robots replace? What industries will they benefit the most? Are they dangerous, or how will we make them safe? These are all relevant and important questions that deserve the many discussions already in progress, but I think a good place to start is to talk about some of the history of robotic automation, and how robots are changing and improving.
If you’ve ever searched for fresh, unique, or useful promotional products to giveaway at an event, you’ve probably seen plenty of 2D corporate logos printed on t-shirts and pens. Maybe you’ve considered that your target audience has already seen plenty of these, too. Maybe the irony of boilerplate “custom” products isn’t lost on you — maybe you’re ready to make a lasting impression at your next event with hyper-custom 3D swag.
Everything we make at Voodoo Manufacturing is 100% unique, which means 100% never-before-seen. With a Voodoo-made product, you’re guaranteed to leave an authentic, lasting impression of your brand, service, or event. But don’t just take our word for it – according to a study by BPMA and PPAI:
- 87% of people hold onto promotional products for longer than one year.
- 79% of promo product recipients are likely to do business with the advertised brand again.
- Giving away promo items is six times more effective in generating referrals than other marketing methods.
With that in mind, allow us to introduce your new favorite (but not even slightly real) music brand, Elephant Entertainment. We’ve created a myriad of promo products for this fake company to serve as inspiration for your own very real brand. We invite you to put yourself in Elephant Entertainment’s shoes and imagine even more exciting possibilities for your own brand or events.
Below are 14 simple yet impactful ideas that serve as project templates, or jumping off points, to start 3D printing unique custom promotional products for your next corporate event.
Fulfilled By Voodoo: Plug-n-Play Manufacturing & Fulfillment for Online Product Stores
Ever since we started Voodoo Manufacturing, we’ve been excited to build a service that allows anyone to manufacture products and start businesses. Our goal has always been to empower people to invent, design, and deliver products without the tall barriers that manufacturing typically creates. That’s why today we’re incredibly excited to announce a new service that marks a major step in this direction: Fulfilled by Voodoo.
Fulfilled by Voodoo, or “FBV” for short, is a full-stack manufacturing and fulfillment service that makes it easier than ever to start and scale any business selling 3D printed products online. With FBV, you can link your e-commerce storefronts directly to our factory and outsource the 3D printing, quality control, assembly, packaging, and shipping of your products. Every time you receive an order from a customer it’s automatically routed to our factory, where it’s manufactured on-demand and then drop-shipped directly back to your customer.
Overcoming Modern Manufacturing’s Biggest Obstacles
For anyone who’s ever designed and sold a physical product, they’ve learned how difficult it can be to set up a reliable, scalable, and affordable manufacturing pipeline. For many people this is an insurmountable hurdle that they fail to overcome. At Voodoo, we believe manufacturing isn’t the essence of a product – it’s a means to an end. Just as technology isn’t important for its own sake, but rather because of what it does for you, manufacturing is important because of the product it enables you to make. For how amazing modern manufacturing is, there are still so many examples of people failing to successfully manufacture a product. Or, even worse, people who never even start on their journey to bring a product to market. This happens for many reasons – from high upfront costs, to long lead times, to complicated design-for-manufacturing requirements – but at the core of this lies the fact that manufacturing is still a largely difficult, painful, and treacherous process.
The team at Voodoo is always looking for new ways to bring your biggest and most creative ideas to life, and lately the ideas customers bring in have gotten even bigger: we’re talking life-size custom mannequins. With the recent launch of our Large-Format 3D Printing Service, custom 3D printed mannequins just got even faster and cheaper to make.
We sat down with Voodoo’s 3D design team to learn why 3D printing is the cheapest, fastest, and most scalable option for any and all life-size projects: custom mannequins, dress forms, statues, props, replicas – you name it.
Interested in creating your own custom 3D printed mannequin? Check out our microsite.
Redefining “Custom” Mannequins
Building on the momentum of the 3D Printed Life Size Human project, which resulted in a 6’1” 3D printed replica of Voodoo co-founder, Jonathan Schwartz, our 3D designers recently set out to create a second Schwartz mannequin, this time with a new and improved modular design framework optimized for large-format 3D printing.
Does your company recognize employees for their hard work with an annual awards ceremony? Or maybe you work at a school and need to order custom trophies for academic and athletic competitions? These days, your options are no longer limited to the standard metal trophies, wooden plaques, or lifeless paper certificates that have been around for ages. With 3D printing, you can embrace your creativity and design unexpected, totally custom trophies that truly could not be fabricated using traditional materials or manufacturing methods.
Check out this roundup of some of the most impressive custom trophies we’ve made here at Voodoo.
1. A Faux Metal Greek Goddess for Atalanta
When global food importer Atalanta needed help creating custom trophies to honor their top salespeople, they requested something that looked similar to an Emmy, but featured their namesake, the Greek goddess Atalanta.
Last month, Voodoo teamed up with Mic, the leading digital news company for society’s Change Makers, to bring to life a 3D printed statue of Colin Kaepernick kneeling as part of the company’s Black Monuments Project. The four-foot tall statue consists of 17 individual parts 3D printed in our Brooklyn factory, and was displayed at the Mic office in 1 World Trade Center on February 28th, the last day of Black History Month.
Imagining a Better Future
To celebrate Black History Month, digital media outlet Mic introduced its powerful Black Monuments Project. The initiative reimagines the world we live in by honoring black historical heroes in hopes of confronting our country’s legacy and turning the impact of monuments in all communities into one that is positive.
Mic envisions a country that celebrates its previously unsung heroes and makes space for positive change to come. For the Black Monuments Project, the Mic editorial staff chose 54 black heroes—one from each U.S. state and territory—who deserve to have monuments erected in their honor. The group includes a mix of both widely known figures and those who are less familiar, representing fields ranging from politics to sports, from music to science, who have made a significant impact on American history.