A team of 3D printing enthusiasts with degrees in engineering and technology, programming and network design, has come up with an idea of a 3D printing service that is unlike any other.
Currently seeking for funding on Kickstarter, i-SOLIDS wants to support the 3D printing community by providing a completely new way of accessing professional 3D printers. After creating a user account for the platform, customers will be able to “rent” 3D printing equipment via a secure internet connection.
i-SOLIDS provides you with information about different types of printers, pro and cons for each type of software and various tutorials. Once you have downloaded and installed a 3D printing software, you can choose which printer will work best for you and then receive the estimated print time. This will allow you to schedule a time to access the printer and create a reservation. An hour prior to the scheduled print time you will receive a reminder with additional instructions. A live camera feed allows for viewing the printer in real time. The 3D printed object will then be shipped to your home within a few days, providing you have already paid for the service.
Additionally to the costs for material plus printing ($ 3,50 to $ 5,75 per hour, depending on the device) and shipping, i-SOLIDS will offer three different membership levels:
If you would like to find out more about the idea of i-SOLIDS or support their campaign, check out their Kickstarter page.