One of makexyz’s selling points is it allows people that need something printed to have it printed locally, eliminating the cost and time of shipping. CowFab has a different approach. Instead of having customers seek quotes from those with printers, the process is reversed; customers create projects and those with printers send bids to fulfill those projects. This creates a more competitive environment as whichever printer operators offer the lowest bids will win the most projects.
CowFab takes only 5% of each sale, which is half of the makexyz take. The service was founded by Brennon Williams and Chris Atkeson, the former of which was a software engineer for Bespoke Innovations before it was acquired by 3D Systems. If you’d like to post a project, just make sure it doesn’t violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation; relate to transactions involving copyrighted material or designs; or relate to transactions involving material or designs that may be used as weapons. Simple enough.
CowFab: A crowdsourced 3D printing service, with a freelancer twist
by Cameron Naramore