3D printers are very useful tools, but not everyone has access to them. Cuddle Puddle pools our resources to offer free 3D printing for everyone.
Let's build stuff.
3D printers often sit idle between jobs. By scheduling those gaps between jobs more effectively, people without access can also enjoy the benefits of 3D printing. Trying new things and iterating quickly is fundamental to learning and that's why we're offering this as a pay-what-you-want service. We're not asking for anything in return. People have been so enthusiastic about getting the exact part they need, they've insisted on tipping us, which we gave right back to the community. We think everyone should be given the tools to express themselves and create something.
Simply send us your file* and once approved, we'll let you know how soon it ships.
How it works
We prioritize print requests by time slot availability. Whenever our 3D printer has nothing to do, we start printing your parts. 20-60 minute prints are often completed almost immediately because they can be quickly made between scheduled jobs. If you need 2+ hour prints, it may take longer for us to find time however. Once it's done, we'll send you an email. Please allow 24 hours to get back to you.
- Final print is roughly 4 x 3 x 2-inches*, in black ABS plastic
- The prints are for personal and non-commercial purposes, The file's license needs to be free-use*
- USA shipping address*
- Simply submit again if you have edits to previous requests
Pay it Forward
In no way should you feel obliged, but we plan to keep 3D printing for people and if you want to continue paying it forward for others, I can tell you everyone is ecstatic every time they find out their part has already been printed. Each request costs on average $2 to ship, $1 in packing materials, $0.50 in fees, and $0.35 in plastic filament. Currently, every dollar people donate goes straight to free shipping because the plastic is so inexpensive. We'd like to keep offering this opportunity to everyone and all we need is a few bucks, a long shot from what 3D printing services quote you.
The most important priority is we all keep moving forward on our projects. No roadblocks because we're missing a part. Keep iterating, try something new, and share what you've made. Never stop learning.
Free print?! Seemed to good to be true. The truth was, it was just plain good! Actually, it was great! Cud Bur's print quality exceeded what I was getting from 3D Hubs (and paying too much for). The only problem that I'm left with now is resisting the temptation to have him print parts that want, but I'm not 100% sure that I'll use. This level of access to 3D printing has inspired me to experiment. It has given me the motivation to design some new parts recently - which I would never have done before this came along. I couldn't be more pleased and I'm looking forward to paying it forward with new remixes on Thingiverse.
The price was fantastic, but quality was so-so. In my case it didn't matter that it came out with noticeable print lines, but for a different part it could be disappointing. Not sure if you're able to print in different materials, but that could be a nice improvement.
Anyway yeah, in the end I really appreciate your printed parts. Everything about it was a great experience, thanks again.