Joel from 3D Print Life dropped me a line at the end of last week.
“Who is Joel from 3D Print Life?” you may ask, and you would be forgiven for doing so, after all, I was wondering the same thing as he reached out to me across a couple of different mediums to make contact. Turns out he (full name Joel Rush) is a guy joining the industry, as part of start-up 3D printing company, 3D Print Life. He should fit right in, he’s got a cracking sense of humour, I warmed to him immediately actually, and I look forward to meeting him in person as and when our paths cross in this burgeoning sector. And, I hope he lives up to my now raised expectations. A great sense of humour goes a long way in my book, and in this industry!
Joel was selling 3D Print Life to me as a new ‘fun, fresh reseller in the 3D market’ — what this comes down to is that 3D Print Life is a reseller for a number of entry level 3D Printers, specifically Type A Machines, Tinkerine, and soon Printrbot as well. They also supply a range of 3D printer supplies. Alongside the hardware and ancillaries, 3D Print Life also offers a repository of 3D designs, categorized largely as you would expect — collectibles, jewellery, toys and dining and entertaining. And then there is a less familiar category, one I haven’t seen individually identified on a 3D printing site before — ‘Bath’. Although, I have to say, I’m loving the toothbrush holder actually. One of those things I didn’t even know I wanted. A final category under 3D designs is “Featured Artist” and this is Sye Williams, a professional and well-credited photographer from LA. Exploration of new mediums for Sye’s artistic expression is taking him in to the realm of 3D, and his current 3D designs consist of The Lunchadores, Series 1, which covers the spectacle of masked Mexican wrestling. Included in the series are wrestlers “Blue Demon”, “Santo” and “Hurricane Ramirez Jr.” all of which are available exclusively through 3D Print Life.
What I’m getting from the launch, the interaction I’ve had and the website is that what the guys behind 3D Print Life are trying to do is bring some fun, some individuality and yet some relevance to their 3D printing venture. Indeed, their tagline goes some way to spell this out:
Work. Play. Print. Life.
They don’t stand on ceremony, formality is nowhere to be found.
The only vaguely odd thing is that they are also supplying “normal” ink and toner cartridges via the site too. Probably nothing more than an additional revenue stream, can’t really slate them for that.
If you want more of a sense of what I’m going on about, check out one of the informational videos from the company, where Joel explains the basics of PLA and ABS filament for 3D printing. I’ve never been one to get overly excited about ABS, tbh, but I could make an exception for the abs revealed here!! The facebook page also shows some shots from a material promo, photo shoot!