3D printing is getting easier and more accessible to more people, but still, most people don't have a 3D printer at home. That's why services that let users order customised 3D printed objects are so useful - they let people play with 3D printing without having to make a huge investment in the technology first. One of our favourite 3D printing services is Mixee Labs
, which uses a browser-based interface to let customers make their own unique jewellery and toys, and then buy physical printouts of them.
To find out a bit more about it, we got in touch with co-founder Nancy Liang for a chat...
Tell us a bit about Mixee Labs.
We’re a platform for customisable products. You can upload your 3D files to Mixee Labs and create a customisable interactive experience –everything made is one off. We work with different designers and put their designs on our site and make them customisable.
How did the company get started?
Before Mixee Labs, I used to work at Shapeways and over there I saw that there was a need for better tools for creating customisable objects. I encountered a lot of people who were interested in 3D printing and wanted to make something but they didn’t know where to start. Most CAD programs have a fairly steep learning curve, so that’s where the idea came from. Talking with those people, we really felt the need for something that makes it easy to create personalised, unique items.