3D Printing Education Program

Students Get 15% Off All 3D Prints at Voodoo Manufacturing

September 12th, 2018 by

Students Get 15% Off All 3D Prints

Got a 3D printing project on your syllabus this year? Voodoo Manufacturing is excited to announce a brand new student 3D printing discount program. Sign up for an account with Voodoo Manufacturing with your .edu email address, and get 15% of all your 3D prints for life.

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We know student life can be hard — let’s make it easy.

Let us 3D print, quality assure, and deliver your parts while you crush the rest of your classes.

Here’s How to Unlock Your Student Discount on All 3D Prints

1. Sign Up

Sign up for an account with your .edu email address. When you do, a student 3D printing discount of 15% will automatically be applied to all of your 3D printing orders.

Note: Already have a Voodoo account associated with your student email address? Great! You’re ahead of the curve — the student discount is officially active on your account.

2. Upload

Upload your 3D models. Choose materials, colors, and quantities for your order to get a real-time quote before you check out.

3. Choose Your Production Speed

Never miss an assignment or deadline again. Choose the production speed for your order to get your parts in time for when you need them.

4. File Optimization

After you place your order, we’ll check and optimize your file for 3D printing. Our team has tested every print setting, so you don’t have to. High quality printing has never been so easy.

5. Your Project on a Silver Platter

We deliver your parts right to you, wherever you are. Did we mention shipping is free on all orders $50 and over?


Refer Your Friends

Share Voodoo With Your Classmates. Earn $10.

With our referral program, you can rev up your savings even more by telling your friends.

Every person you refer gets $10 of credit after signing up, and you get $10 when they place their first order.

REFER FRIENDS

So, why not make the absolute most of this academic year? Click here to sign up for your student account. And don’t forget to share the wealth with your classmates!

 

3D printed marble busts

Marble PLA is Available NOW for the Month of September

August 15th, 2018 by

marble 3D prints

From now through the end of September, Marble PLA is available through Direct Print, Volume Print, and Fulfilled By Voodoo.

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Make Your Masterpiece

What does this stunning innovation in 3D printing filament bring to the table? With our limited edition Marble PLA, you get the same properties as our other PLA colors, with the added bonus of barely-there print lines. This material looks like a million bucks.

marble 3d printing material

That’s right, the end result is a part that looks less like it was 3D printed and more like it was carved out of stone.

It’s perfect for sculptures and busts…

3D printed marble busts

And lends itself nicely to less serious things, like decorative fallen ice cream cones.

3D printed marble examples

You can even use it as a cheaper alternative to real marble for home decor and housewares.

3D printed marble filament housewares

So why not get in touch with your inner sculptor and make the most of this material?

Whether you decide to print an awesome trophysmart housewares, or elevated decorations for your next event, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.  

TRY IT NOW

Remember to tag us and use #MadeWithVoodoo to share your masterpiece with the world — we can’t wait to see how you put this material to use.  

outsourcing ecommerce skills

Building an E-Commerce Empire by Outsourcing… Everything

August 9th, 2018 by

outsourcing everything

We recently published an interview with Ten Talents Trading Co., a game-loving ecommerce brand that sells custom 3D-printed Settlers of Catan pieces. Since starting their business, Ten Talents has tripled their product line and boosted revenue 10x thanks to outsourcing some key ecommerce tasks with 3D printing on demand.

What’s the secret to their success? It all started when Ten Talents optimized their business with Fulfilled by Voodoo, Voodoo’s flagship service that takes care of the printing, packaging, and shipping of physical products.

Outsourcing these processes to Voodoo helped Ten Talents in two ways: it quickly scaled up production and gave them more time to focus on marketing, developing products, and increasing profits.

If you want to build a thriving ecommerce business, outsourcing is the fast-track to producing high-quality products and increasing production (and profits) as demand grows.

In this article, we’ll outline step-by-step how to outsource the three main parts of an ecommerce business: design, printing, and shipping.

And to make it fun, let’s pretend you’re starting a new business that sells products for dog lovers: stickers that say “I ❤︎ My Schnauzer” and “Puppy on Board” and little 3D figurines of Chihuahuas and Great Danes.

The first step is designing your products. If you don’t have the time or skills to do it yourself, you can easily outsource the work to a professional designer.

Outsourcing design

Freelancing platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, and 99designs are home to thousands of professional designers who specialize in illustration, web design, 2D and 3D graphics, and other types of design.

Feel free to shop around to find designers with the right skills and rates that fit into your budget. You can even try out a few designers with small test projects to find out who’s right for you.

For example, you might hire a handful of designers to make an “I ❤︎ My Schnauzer” sticker or produce a one-off illustration of a Chihuahua. Once you find the designer who matches your style (and who you enjoy working with), you can hire them for bigger projects.

When working with designers, you’ll need to communicate with them clearly in order to make your ideas into a reality. You’ll want to discuss your expectations, the type of design you’re looking for, and any other guidelines you may have.

For that Schnauzer sticker, you’ll want to tell them important details like the size of the sticker, the file format for printing, and the colors and fonts you want to use. It’s also helpful to bring examples of other dog stickers you like so they know what you’re expecting.

For 3D products like figurines, iPhone cases, and plastic parts, you can outsource everything to Voodoo’s in-house design team. Our team can take a simple sketch or digital rendering and transform it into a 3D file ready for printing.

To make your custom 3D Great Danes, you might create a quick sketch of the dog on paper and gather some reference images of similar products to send to Voodoo for the final 3D design.

Once the design is finished, it’s ready to print!

Outsourcing printing

The reason why Ten Talents struggled to expand was because they were making every product on a single printer in founder David Hendren’s closet. It might be possible to print your own products in the beginning, but things will get very difficult once demand picks up.

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. You can outsource everything to a factory that prints your products for you, as little or as many as you need. This is called printing on demand, or printing a product automatically after an order is made.

Printing on demand is recommended for new businesses because it eliminates the upfront cost of producing  inventory. Plus, it allows you to test ideas or tweak products for a very low cost.

For example, you could design stickers for 10 different dog breeds and list them in your online store at the same time. If everyone buys the Chihuahua sticker but ignores the Schnauzer sticker, you’re not losing money because you haven’t printed the Schnauzer sticker yet. You’re free to add, remove, and change products at any time.

It’s the same for your 3D dog figurines. Once you’ve created a 3D rendering of each dog breed and chosen materials for printing, it’s ready to be listed on your store. If someone buys the Great Dane, it gets printed. If not, it doesn’t. Either way, no inventory is required to run this kind of business.

Ready to connect your designs to a print on demand service? Printful offers 2D printing on demand for products like t-shirts, stickers, and beach towels, while Fulfilled by Voodoo handles 3D printing on demand (think bottle openers, cookie cutters, iPhone cases and more) in a Brooklyn factory with over 200 printers.

After creating designs and submitting them to a printing service, there’s only one step left: getting your products to customers.

Outsourcing shipping

Founders of big ecommerce brands often talk about the “early days” when they stayed up all night stuffing packaging their products and printing shipping labels. It may sound romantic, but in reality, this process is not only exhausting but also takes away precious time you need to build your business.

Luckily, your ecommerce business can skip this stage altogether. By outsourcing fulfillment from the beginning, you can rest well knowing that your products are being packaged and shipped with care.

Both Printful and Fulfilled by Voodoo include automatic drop-shipping with their print on demand services. Once an order is printed, it’s also packaged, labeled and sent to the customer automatically. You can also choose to ship your items in your custom branded packaging.

What does this mean for your dog breed goods store? It means that once you’ve designed your products, listed them on your store, and connected them with a print on demand service, the rest is taken care of for you. Instead of worrying about fulfilling orders, you can create a blog for dog owners or write funny ads to market your new business. Or you can come up with new product ideas and start the cycle again.

Get started

Outsourcing is a smart choice for anyone who wants to start or grow an ecommerce business.

If you don’t have products yet, finding a designer is a good place to start. And if you already have a store, Printful and Voodoo make it easy to connect with your current storefront and begin printing products on demand.

So why not take the first step? Drop us a line about 3D design here, or email us at sales@voodoomfg.com.

Your empire awaits.

 

Print on Demand, in 3D

Print On Demand, in 3D: the E-Commerce Hack for More Conversions

July 26th, 2018 by

Print on Demand, in 3D

 

We’re in the era of growth hacking and life hacking. Every day, moonlight entrepreneurs are leaving their 9 to 5 to pursue their print on demand side hustle full time. And why is that?

The combination of user friendly e-commerce and print on demand platforms has made it ridiculously easy to launch and scale an online store, and that comes with many positives: democratizing product development by removing the need to hold inventory, and giving smaller merchants and microbrands some market share, to name a few.

However, there are two sides to that coin. Making e-commerce ridiculously easy has attracted masses of fledgling entrepreneurs, saturating even the most niche markets with print on demand and dropshipping businesses.

These shops are easy to set up, yes — but they can be difficult to sustain. Ubiquitous products like t-shirts, mugs, and beach towels eventually lose their charm. Translation: lead to way fewer conversions.

What if you could print any product on demand?

Have you ever wondered what your business would be like if you could manufacture top performing e-commerce products on demand? Have you dared to dream of the conversion spike you’d see with customizable or functional products from entirely new categories? Have you ever wondered what products (already in existence, or not) might be more compelling to your audience than simple slogan merch?

With the help of a new kind of print on demand service, you can recapture your customers’ attention with a wider range of products — and original products that they can’t find anywhere else.

Print on Demand… in 3D

With so many 3D printing and design resources available these days (CadCrowd, TurboSquid, and of course our in house design service), 3D print on demand (3D POD) services are the logical evolution (dare we say upgrade) for your business.

That’s right — product possibilities are truly endless if you’re willing to deviate from your POD platform’s range of sample products.

Here are some reasons you might want to consider breaking ground in new product categories for your POD or dropshipping business with a service like Fulfilled By Voodoo.

1. Traditional e-commerce products really aren’t that novel anymore.

Customers today have seen it all when it comes to e-commerce products, and it’s taking a toll on conversions.

Let’s put ourselves in your audience’s shoes. Imagine that your target customer is in the market for a the perfect gift for her Harry Potter-obsessed best friend. She’s already scrolled through pages of t-shirts and mugs with quotes and characters from the books, yet somehow wasn’t able to make a decision.

With 3D printing on demand, you can reinvent slogan products altogether by featuring your cleverest sayings in entirely new categories.

With all those options at her fingertips, she’s unlikely to make a purchase until she comes across something that breaks the mold.

In contrast to all of those Muggles t-shirts, a unique gift like this drink holder might cause her not only to convert, but to return to your site time after time to check out your differentiated product offering.

With 3D printing on demand, you can reinvent slogan products altogether by featuring your cleverest sayings in entirely new categories.

2. Variety = Differentiation, Differentiation = Retention

To kick it back to Marketing 101, consider the fact that product differentiation is a major driver of customer retention. If your conversions have been on the decline lately, you’re not alone. It may be due to offering the kind of undifferentiated products that your customers only buy once.

Keep in mind that the cost of acquiring a new customer through ads and other digital marketing techniques far exceeds the cost of keeping a loyal one, so it’s a great idea for any entrepreneur to focus on retention. Offering your customers the unique products they want — and truly can’t find elsewhere — creates a long term customer that will return time and time again.

With a 3D POD service, these kinds of simple, effective, and functional products are just as easy to launch as t-shirts, mugs, and totes.

What does this look like in action?

If you run a super general dropshipping store, but notice that your wine and beer products have been converting like crazy, you might consider launching some 3D print on demand products to better serve that segment of your customer base.

This could take the form of products like wine stoppers, coasters, or customizable wine tag sets — to name just a few.

With a 3D POD service, these kinds of simple, effective, and functional products are just as easy to launch as t-shirts, mugs, and totes.

3. You already have exactly what you need to get started

Think back to when you were researching how to launch your first store. Chances are you were a little overwhelmed by all the design assets you needed to go live: a logo, graphics for your printed products, product shots of the items themselves, and maybe even some visual assets for social media and Facebook ads.

Developing a new product for 3D printing on demand isn’t too different from what you’ve already mastered…

Perhaps you did some tutorials and created your own graphics. Perhaps you decided to outsource the task to a helper from Fiverr or Upwork. Perhaps, regardless of the pathway you chose, this once unfamiliar process is now pretty second nature to you.

Developing a new product for 3D printing on demand isn’t too different from what you’ve already mastered within your chosen print on demand platform. Said differently, there’s no need to be an expert to get started.

You can easily source and customize 3D printable-files from sites like Turbosquid, CadCrowd, MyMiniFactory, and Thingiverse, or you can use original 2D design assets as the basis for your 3D models. You can also find experienced 3D designers to help you out on platforms like Fiverr and Upwork.

Usually, you can also look to your 3D POD platform for a printable file, which does tend to be the best way to guarantee that your file is production-ready. Our in house design team is always standing by to help bring your killer product idea to life.

Have an idea you’re thinking about producing? Fulfilled by Voodoo (or FBV) is full-stack manufacturing and fulfillment service that makes it easier than ever to start and scale a business selling original custom products online.

And if you’re still looking for inspiration on what kinds of products can be #MadeWithVoodoo, contact sales@voodoomfg.com for a copy of our Fulfilled By Voodoo Idea Catalog.

Fulfilled By Voodoo Products

5 Easy Steps to Selling Never-Before-Seen Print On Demand Products

July 11th, 2018 by

Fulfilled By Voodoo Products

In our introductory post about Fulfilled by Voodoo, we talked about why we started it — to empower people to launch physical products without the tall barriers that manufacturing typically creates — and the huge implications this has for anyone running an online store, or powering a print on demand business with platforms like Printful.

Why is Fulfilled By Voodoo particularly relevant to this cohort of ecommerce entrepreneurs? Like the standard print on demand services you’re already familiar with, Fulfilled By Voodoo offers the benefits of:

  • Dropshipping directly to customers
  • E-commerce integrations (Shopify, Etsy, Amazon, Squarespace and many more)
  • Just-in-Time — or on-demand — manufacturing
  • Flexible shipping options
  • Branded packaging

The major difference between the two is that with standard print on demand platforms, entrepreneurs are limited to selling whatever assortment of base products is available on their platform of choice.

By comparison, Fulfilled By Voodoo gives online sellers the ability to sell any object that can be 3D printed, whether it’s countless SKUs of novelty cookie cutters, a collection of niche-specific showerheads, or playful twists on branded e-commerce classics like bottle openers, drink holders, wine stoppers, and so forth.  

FBV Comparison Matrix

In this post, we’ll take a look at five easy steps to selling never-before-seen print on demand products with Fulfilled By Voodoo, starting with…

1. Submitting the Get Started Form

Great! You’re interested in learning more about outsourcing the manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of your products by connecting your online store directly to our factory. It’s time to fill out the Get Started Form.

If you have a 3D printable file already, this is the perfect place to tell us about it, or even upload it for our reference. No 3D file? Not to worry. Read on to learn all about our 3D design service.

Once you submit the form, a member of our Fulfillment team will follow up to schedule a phone call during your listed availability. What comes next is the…

2. Product Conversation

Once we get you on the phone, it’s time to talk about the fun stuff. We’ll discuss your current suite of products, and how we can use marketing insights to expand your offering with custom, personalized, or just plain novel on-demand products.

Whether or not you already have a 3D-printable file of your product, this convo is paramount in determining what comes next on your path to launch.

If you need a hand bringing your killer product idea to life, you can use freelance service marketplaces like CadCrowd or Fiverr to source affordable digital assets.

You can also browse sites like Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, and TurboSquid, to find accessible 3D models that can easily be customized and tweaked by you or your 3D designer.

But if you’d like a little more assistance throughout the product development process, you might want to move on to…

3. 3D Design

3D Design Team

In the interest of getting things right the first time, it’s a great idea to sit back and let our world-class team of 3D designers turn your idea into a production-ready 3D file

Our team can start with as little as a napkin sketch or as much as an engineering drawing, but it turns out that existing 2D brand assets (think logos, business cards, or even found images you like) are an excellent starting point for a 3D design.

Whether you’re looking for a hard-edged functional object or an organic character model, our team of designers can present you with a whole gamut of options that align to your target cost.

And yes, you can expect production samples all the way up until…

4. Storefront Integration for Product Launch

Ecommerce Integrations

Integrating your storefront with our factory sounds like a headache, but make no mistake: this part requires just one step (and no technical experience).

All you have to do is create a ShipStation account or share your existing account details with us. We take care of the rest!

Why do you need to create a ShipStation account?

ShipStation is an advanced e-commerce service provider with one of the longest lists of available storefront integrations. That’s exactly why we chose it as the foundation for our API.

ShipStation Partners

 

This means that you can sell your products on any number of ShipStation’s Platform Partners and have them automatically manufactured, packaged, and shipped with Fulfilled By Voodoo.

With the integration all taken care of, it’s time to publish your listings and make your brand new never-before-seen print on demand products available to your customers.

The majority of our clients sell on Shopify, Amazon, and Etsy, but our service is also compatible with platforms like Magento, eBay, Wix, CrateJoy, among many others.

5. Rinse and Repeat

Launching a product from start to finish is bound to yield invaluable insights for your brand. Whether your goal is to boost customer retention, brand differentiation, or niche segmentation, you can propel your brand to a whole new level when you branch into different product categories.

Ready to get inspired? Contact sales@voodoomfg.com for a copy of our FBV Product Catalog, and check out our success story on FBV customer Ten Talents Trading here.

Advanced Print Settings

This Just In: Self-Serve Advanced Print Settings

July 9th, 2018 by

Advanced Print Settings

Introducing Direct Print ‘Advanced Print Settings’

At Voodoo, we understand that the wide range of 3D printing projects we produce comes with an equally wide range of unique functional and aesthetic requirements. With that in mind, we’re excited to introduce the ability to choose advanced print settings for any model ordered through Direct Print.

Effective today, we have three different advanced settings available for our Direct Print users. You can now control the Layer Height (visible surface striations), Infill (density of internal space), and Shells (number of the walls enclosing the geometry) for all standard size models ordered from within the Direct Print order flow.

Keep in mind that tweaking these settings is likely to impact material usage and print speed for any given 3D model, so these models will be priced differently than models processed with our tried and true standard settings.

Note: If you’ve been recording your advanced print settings in the Notes section of your order, you can now specify these from within the Direct Print order flow.  

Try out our new advanced settings now. To discuss your project requirements, call sales at (929) 244-0915.

You can access this powerful new toolkit, click “+Advanced Settings” below your model file.

navigating to advanced settings

Advanced Settings Cheat Sheet

If you’re looking for fast facts, this advanced settings cheat sheet outlines some key principles for choosing the right settings. Read on for additional details.

  • If you’re printing a prototype and surface quality isn’t a priority, you might want to use Coarse (0.3mm) Layer Height ($).
  • If you’re printing a highly detailed model and wanted the surface quality to be as good as possible, you might want to choose Fine (0.1mm) Layer Height ($$$).
  • If the weight of your part doesn’t matter, consider opting for our Standard (10%) Infill ($).
  • If you want your part to be heavy (like a desk weight), you might consider choosing Half (50%) or Super (80%) Infill ($$$).
  • If your model is small or high detail, you might consider improving the surface quality by choosing Thin (1) Shell ($).
  • If your model needs to withstand surface impact, you might consider improving wall strength with Thick (3) Shells ($$$).

What is Layer Height?

Layer Height

Layer Height refers to the height of each layer that’s printed on the build plate, which in aggregate make up your print. Think about it like this: the thinner the Layer Height, the higher the part resolution.

Our standard Layer Height for Direct Print orders is 0.2mm for standard size printing and 0.3mm for Large-Format printing. Right now, advanced settings are available for standard size printing only.

Layer Height Advanced Settings

layer height settings

For standard size prints, users can customize their Layer Height settings in the Direct print order flow. The higher the number, the coarser the print and the more visible the layer lines are. Parts printed at a higher resolution (.1mm Layer Height) tend to be more expensive.

The available options are:

  • Fine (.1mm)
  • Standard (.2mm)
  • Coarse (.3mm)

What is Infill?

Infill Advanced Settings

Infill refers to the density of the internal space within your 3D printed object. All 3D prints have continuous walls that create the outer contour of the shape, and those exterior walls can be filled with varying percentages of support, or Infill. Infill can technically go all the way up to 100%, which would signify a completely solid (and costly) object, but we don’t print Infills any higher than 80%.

Our standard Infill in Direct Print orders is 10% for standard size printing and 10% for Large-Format printing. Right now, advanced settings are available for standard size printing only.

Infill Advanced Settings

Infill Advanced Settings

For standard size prints, users can customize their Infill settings in our Direct print order flow. The higher the number, the stronger the internal structure of the part. A higher Infill also means longer print time, more material used during the printing process, and a pricier print overall.

The available options are:

  • Standard (10%)
  • Extra (20%)
  • Half (50%)
  • Super (80%)

What are Shells?

Advanced Settings Shells

Shells refer to the wall(s) enclosing the 3D geometry of your object. The more shells you select, the more walls (and thicker the exterior) your object will have.

Our standard Shells setting for Direct Print orders is 2 Shells (0.4mm per shell) for standard size printing and 2 Shells for (0.4mm per shell) for Large-Format printing. Right now, advanced settings are available for standard size printing only.

Shells Advanced Settings

Shells Advanced SettingsFor standard size prints, users can customize their Shells settings in our Direct print order flow. The higher the number, the stronger the outer walls of the object will be. A higher number of Shells also means longer print time, and more material used during the printing process.

The available options are:

  • Thin (1 shell)
  • Standard (2 shells)
  • Thick (3 shells)

Try out our new advanced settings now.

To discuss project requirements, call sales at (929) 244-0915.

Voodoo Full Stack Supply Chain

A Lean Supply Chain: How Online Sellers Reduce Risk and Save Time

June 27th, 2018 by

For most entrepreneurs selling products online, supply chains are tall and complex. They’re an unwieldy stack of manufacturing, quality control, storage, picking and packing, packaging, and shipping. As consumers, it’s easy to take for granted the amount of logistics it takes to move a product from concept all the way to our hands, but the reality is that the physical supply of a product is just one part of building a sustainable e-commerce business.

traditional supply chain

The New Supply Chain

At Voodoo, we set out to make this part of the process simpler by reimagining the way products get manufactured. By integrating software and machine intelligence at every step, we’re able to offer a service that compresses supply chain logistics into a single “Buy Now” button.  

That game-changing service is called Fulfilled By Voodoo, or FBV. With FBV, companies can consider supply chain taken care of. With this new e-commerce model, the pages of spreadsheets for managing suppliers and pre-processing timelines, and the headaches of juggling out-of-stock materials for your product mix, are a thing of the past.

Voodoo Full Stack Supply Chain

Focus on Demand

Rather than sourcing and inventorying thousands of products, and scrambling to market and sell them, companies using FBV can focus on creating demand for their products. In the background, our factory is always standing by to fulfill orders as soon as the customer converts. This monumental shift repositions businesses at any stage of growth from a supply driven operation to one that is demand driven.

“Our customers don’t hold inventory of their products.”

FBV comic strip

Consolidate Sales Channels and Gain Clarity on the Bigger Picture

Thriving e-commerce businesses tend to have an abundance of sales channels, and gaining insight into product performance through all of those channels can be incredibly challenging to not only manage in the day to day, but analyze for larger insights. This can lead to issues in two critical areas: product development and planning.  

Cookie Cutter Kingdom

Cookie Cutter Kingdom is built on variety. With more than 3,000 custom and personalized cookie cutters for every holiday, theme, and category, they integrated with Fulfilled By Voodoo to outsource the production, fulfillment, and shipping of their massive suite of products.

On the product development side, understanding what items perform well is critical information for identifying new products to sell, and filling any gaps in the product landscape with a killer idea of your own.

From a planning perspective, imperfect demand predictions can leave companies with piles of overstocked waste, or shortages during peak demand. Ultimately, these issues lead to expensive operational inefficiencies and revenue losses.

Fulfilled By Voodoo solves these two issues by funneling orders from multiple sales channels into a single place. That funnel means we’re able to pull back the curtain on valuable insights about which products are selling at the highest volume. And because we manufacture everything on-demand for each order, we’re also able to eliminate the risk of overstocked goods.

Get In Touch

Whether you’re ready to connect your booming business to our fulfillment services, or you’re simply curious about where to begin with 3D-printable files, go ahead and email sales@voodoomfg.com. We can help you conceptualize, design, manufacture, and sell  just about anything.

For the full low down on Fulfilled By Voodoo, check out our website and introductory blog post.

 

Ten Talents Trading Company - Settlers of Catan Custom Playing Pieces

How Ten Talents Trading Co. Tripled Their Product Line and Boosted Revenue with Fulfilled by Voodoo

June 4th, 2018 by

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.”

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Meet Our Newest Engineering Materials: PET-G + Rigid TPU

May 31st, 2018 by

engineering materials characteristics

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.

new materials samples

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

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Cup With a Hole Through It

Voodoo Sponsors 4 of the Smartest Products from MakerBot’s 3D Printing for Smarter Living Challenge

May 30th, 2018 by

Voodoo Manufacturing Printing Credit

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

oVo Clip-on Wheels

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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.

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