Gamers and DIY fans have always loved to create their own cool computer system designs.
Today, 3D printing technology allows people to create new ideas and bring them into reality.
Even though 3D printing technology is now available for creative use, how can you participate if you don’t have a 3D printer?
DIY component maker Thermaltake and Dutch printing platform 3D Hubs are cooperating to provide a 3D printer solution for gamers and DIY fans.
For example, when a player sees a part or product that they really like on the Thermaltake 3D printing platform, they can use the 3D Hubs system to see who in their vicinity has a 3D printer.
Furthermore, they can contact that person and request the part be made and shipped to them, providing a solution for gamers and DIY fans that do not have a 3D printer.
Thermaltake is a Taiwanese component manufacturer that specializes in products for PC DIY fans, including chassis, fans and power supplies.
They are optimistic about the growth in the “Maker” movement. This February they created a 3D printing component site with the goal of developing a platform for product design files.
Customers are able to download the files and use 3D printing to produce the components.
In addition, DIY fans can also create and upload their own product designs.
Uploaded plans can be shared and downloaded by others.
Nearly 50 Types of Components
Currently, the 3D printing platform has nearly 50 models of products and accessories, such as fan brackets, panel fasteners and chassis.
The platform has about 1,000 members, and has accomplished more than 1,400 downloads.
For a small niche market, it has been quite successful.
Consistent with their market approach, 3D Hubs is taking the initiative in launching this cooperative effort with 3D printer owners.
Their goal is to use the sharing economy to make 3D printing more popular.
For DIY fans, you do not need to buy equipment, and yet you can still create customized systems tailored to your needs.
All the while, the owner of the 3D printer can earn a fee and increase the utilization of their equipment.
If the fan sees an accessory that they like, but they don’t have a 3D printer, then they can just press a button on the page and connect with the 3D Hubs platform.
They will be able to see and contact all of the available 3D printers nearby to discuss the cost of the 3D printing and the shipping details.
Thermaltake said the core value of the 3D Maker Platform is to encourage DIY fans to use more 3D printing technology to create their computer parts using this greener approach.
This also allows them to create and share their own unique designs with the rest of the world.
Since the cooperation with 3D Hubs, they have been able to advance toward breaking regional restrictions and bring the 3D design model to all of the world’s DIY fans.
Additionally, the DIY artist can connect locally with 3D printer owners to strengthen innovation in the local community.
3D printing technology is good for rapid prototyping.
Three-dimensional digital models are divided into many planar slices.
The 3D printer then stacks, layer by layer, adhesive materials such as powders, liquids, plastic filaments, metals, ceramics and sand.
The process accumulates into a finished 3D product.
3D printing technology can achieve large-scale personalized production and can create products that traditional production technology cannot shape.
The Sharing Economy
The “Sharing Economy” involves improved distribution of idle resources.
It provides low-cost access to resources, and allows those who hold resources to receive more remuneration for them.
It is powered by the web community and mobile devices.
The expansion of the sharing economy is accelerating.
For example, private cars have become public transportation and people can rent out rooms in their homes to travelers.
However, regardless of the intent of the sharing economy, whether socialist spirit or economic gain, there have been conflicts with existing laws and regulations that have caused a lot of controversy.