Amazon launches 3D printing store with customizable items
Amazon wants to bring 3D printing to everyone—even if you don't have the skills to create trinkets and doodads on a 3D printer at home. The online retail giant announced the Amazon 3D Printed Products Store on Monday, which offers more than 200 3D-printed products for purchase.
The new 3D printing retail effort brings together creators of 3D printed goods such as Mixee Labs, Sculpteo, and 3DLT with customers willing to pay for the stuff. Buyers who want to add the personal touch can also request customizations to some of the 3D-printed items, such as adding text or images.
3D-printed bobbleheads from Mixee Labs offer some of the most serious customizations. The $30 figurines can be modified to change everything from skin color to clothing and eye shape.
When you customize a product, Amazon opens a smaller window within the web page where you can make changes to the design. You can also preview your tweaks and view a 360-degree image of your future purchase.
Amazon's new store is live now and features all kinds of 3D printed items, including jewelry, toys, and games, and tech-related items such as smartphone cases, GoPro camera mounts, iPhone table docks, and Raspberry Pi cases.
Prices range widely depending on the complexity of the item. You can spend $110 for the Raspberry Pi case, a smartphone case will set you back around $30 and keychains and magnets sell for around $11.
Amazon's 3D Printed Products Store follows a similar move from eBay. Earlier in July, the online auction house debuted eBay Exact, an iPhone app that allowed you to customize and purchase 3D printed items on your phone. But it appears eBay wanted to get out of this business almost as soon as it got into it. As of this writing, eBay Exact is no longer available in Apple's App Store.