Getting started with 3D printing your own miniatures can be both convenient for you, and a lucrative side hustle!
Whatever your tabletop gaming pleasure, be it wargaming, board games, or tabletop roleplaying, having a variety of miniatures can make or break your game. Plus, with more indie 3D sculptors (maybe that’s you too!) hitting the scene, we’re no longer stuck with the same old mass-produced minis at our local game stores.
When you lend your 3D printing capabilities to others, it can also make for a lucrative side hustle. For example, you can offer a commission 3D printing service for those who want custom minis but don’t have a printer. Or, if you’re artistic, you can sculpt and print your own miniature designs to sell online.
Just remember, while 3D mini files are plentiful online, most, if not all, are not approved for commercial use. If you’re here to make a business, consider selling your services as a printer rather than the minis themselves. Or, create and print your own sculpts instead of those you find online. We’re all about making money on the up and up. No stealing artwork here.
That being said, this guide is all about getting set up with the supplies necessary to 3D print (and, yes, sell) your own miniatures. If you’d like some more resources on how to find and actually print files, the nitty-gritty of the legal aspects, etc., I’ll include some additional resources at the bottom of the page.
First things first! Getting your 3D printing “studio” all set up and ready to go!Continue Reading