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How to make money from your 3D models for 3D printing

You are a 3D model designer and you are looking for a way to make some money by selling your creations online? You've come to the right place.

how to sell 3D models for 3D printing

Creating 3D models is a passion, but it can also become a good living, or even a job. Many 3D model designers make a good living by selling their files to 3D printing fans.

On Cults platform, you can easily sell your 3D printable creations in 3D to our community of 3D printer owners. In March 2020, we reached the one million registered users mark on the platform. This very active community is always looking for great 3D models in STL or OBJ format to print.

How to do it?

To sell, it's very simple, just create an account on Cults here.
Then you just have to upload your 3D files directly here
Let yourself be guided by following the steps of the uploads, it is very fast, we have made it as simple as possible.

For what gain?

In terms of earnings, on Cults, you earn 80% of the selling price of your creations and of course there is no subscription to pay to start selling your creations. Our choice is to be on the designer's side and therefore we only earn money when the designers themselves earn it. Our commission is therefore 20% of the price. For us it is essential to reverse as much as possible to the 3D designers because they are the ones who do most of the work. Our commission is mainly used to pay for the technical management of the site: bank charges (about 5%), hosting, bandwidth, accounting, email communications, translations, etc.

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Where to sell?

For a creator of 3D files designed for 3D printing, it can be complicated to choose the best place to sell his creations. He has the choice between Etsy, MyMiniFactory or Patreon, for the first two, he will have to pay an entry fee or a monthly subscription before starting to sell, this means that in case of low sales, these platforms are not profitable for the designer. On Cults, you earn money from your first sale. In the case of Patreon, it's a site where you can federate a community of patterns, so it requires a very regular work to satisfy them, more engaging than just selling a few models on Cults.

The good news is that you can choose to use Cults without it becoming your exclusive platform. We're really on the designer's side and we want them to be able to make as much money as possible by selling their 3D designs. So we don't have to worry about being part of a galaxy of sites that allow him to finance his passion and make a good living.

If you still doubt about the efficiency of our site to sell your 3D models, you can go for a walk to discover the best sellers of the platform and realize that 3D designers earn a lot of money by selling their 3D models online!

Here is the ranking of our best sellers of STL files.

As we say, selling on Cults is free (we only earn money if you earn it) and without any commitment of course. If you have perfectly printable 3D models, give it a try, we're sure you'll be satisfied!

Some tips to better sell your 3D print files

If you have any doubts and are not sure how to sell or promote your models, here are some tips to sell your 3D models well.

Click here to learn more about Cults and discover our updated statistics

And if you have any questions or doubts, if you have an idea or if you just want to discuss about 3D printing or 3D modeling, don't hesitate to send a message here or via the chat on the bottom right!

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