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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

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.

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Free Standard Shipping and Flat-Rate Shipping Options for Direct Print

May 21st, 2018 by

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 sales@voodoomfg.com.

collaborative factory robot

Robots in Factories: Where We’ve Been

April 24th, 2018 by

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.

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3d printed custom promo products

14 Ways to Drive Engagement with Custom 3D Printed Promotional Products

April 17th, 2018 by

3d printed custom promo products

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.

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Fulfilled by Voodoo

Introducing: Fulfilled by Voodoo

April 5th, 2018 by

Fulfilled by Voodoo

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.

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