3D Print Technology for Commercial Printers
Consumers today know that commercial printers typically offer the same range of services. The standard includes document printing, marketing and advertising material, business essentials, photo services and promotional products. However, when those consumers need something more unique than the typical marketing or promotional product, where do they turn?
Commercial printers with 3D printing capabilities have the power to say “yes” to more opportunities. From custom gifts and promotional products to rapid prototyping, commercial printers can offer a variety of 3D printing services with high margins to their existing client base. Presently, the challenge with 3D printing is that, in order to 3D print, you need a 3D file. Creating 3D files can be difficult and expensive, but ZVerse has the solution.
LAYR by ZVerse
LAYR by ZVerse allows you to say “yes” to 3D printing without investment in equipment or knowledge in the industry. This cloud-based content creation platform gives you access to our 3D automation software, alongside an expert team of designers and engineers, to create the 3D files you need. LAYR even provides you with a user-friendly dashboard that allows you to keep track of your quotes and current jobs.
Subscribing to LAYR is an easy first step to bring 3D printing to your commercial printing business. Your facility doesn’t have a 3D printer? No problem. ZVerse LAYR is your start-to-finish 3D printing solution by offering a full-service bureau. From file creation to production and finishing, LAYR transforms your 2D idea into a 3D reality. When your business does invest in a 3D printer, ZVerse LAYR will still be there to help create your 3D files and manage your 3D printing jobs and quotes.
Applying the Technology
Once you become a LAYR partner, the software engineers at ZVerse will embed a quote request page for 3D products on your website. This allows customers to visit your site and submit quote requests directly to our team of experts. Our designers and engineers will evaluate the request and send you a quote, giving you the opportunity to mark-up the cost of the project before sending it to your customer. Below are the steps of the typical lifecycle for a 3D product quote request.
- Client Submits Quote Request
The quote is reviewed by ZVerse experts.
- Partner Receives Quote & Presents to Client
After receiving the estimated cost, the partner chooses what to charge the client for the 3D print job.
- Quote Accepted
An agreement is reached between the client and partner. The partner accepts the quote in the LAYR platform.
- 3D Asset Created
Our expert designers create a 3D printable file based on inspiration images (photos, drawings, etc.) provided by the client.
- Proofing & Revision
Partner receives a 3D rendered proof. Partner and client approve the file or request changes be made.
- Print Production
The products are manufactured by ZVerse and shipped to the client directly OR the partner prints the 3D file with an in-house 3D printer.
What Can You 3D Print?
The possibilities with 3D printing and LAYR technology are endless. Our network of 3D designers and 3D automation software can turn anything your clients imagine into a 3D printable file. Below are just a few examples of what LAYR commercial printing partners have created for their clients.
- Promotional Products
- branded desk accessories
- car/boat replicas for manufacturers and resellers
- Marketing Tools
- company mascot figurines (ex: Mailchimp Monkey, Freddie)
- home models for architects and homebuilders
- 3D business cards
- Custom Awards & Gifts
- photo reliefs
- rapid prototyping
- final product manufacturing
- Medical Models
- replicas of organs or bones
- Custom Art
- 3D paintings
- photo reliefs