Connecting the 3D printing enthusiasts with suitable printing services

Benjamin Yeo is the founder of sourcemake.com, an online platform which aims to help those without 3D printers find one that fits their budget and time constraints. We interviewed the person behind this portal and uncover his motivation behind this initiative – Benjamin Yeo.

Benjamin felt that he is more of a consumer / prosumer that likes experimenting and hacking, rather than a maker per se. As a parent of 2 young boys and an advocate of the style of kinethestic learning, he loves exploring ideas to expose them to new ways of learning and play.

Benjamin shared that he got more serious in the area of 3D printing about a year ago, when prices of 3D printers began to dip quite a bit. He backed a 3D printer project on Kickstarter earlier this year, with the hope of designing custom made toys and working on other 3D projects with his older boy. He believes that through building and modelling structures, his son can be exposed to design concepts in his early years so that he can better appreciate the different math and sciences disciplines in his subsequent schooling years, rather than face them as mere examinable subjects. But unfortunately, the 3D printer project that he backed has delayed its delivery till now.

With no printer available, Benjamin turned to outsourcing the printing of his projects to commercial 3D printing service providers, only to discover it to be costly and time consuming for maker projects of his scale. In view of that, he decided that the best option would be to find a non-commercial 3D printer owner who can helped him in printing at the right time and requirements. With the help of peers in the maker community, he managed to find a 3D printing hobbyist who was helpful enough to collaborate with him. He also noted that 3D printer owners who helped in such projects would be able to get more proficient in their craft or even monetize their expertise through providing such printing services. Through these interactions, he discovered that there is a benefit in having a centralised platform where 3D printing enthusiasts worldwide can connect with other experts to get their printing jobs done. Just think “Zuji” for 3D printing services, where anyone with a 3D printer can be part of that platform and print for others at the right price, time and quality.

sourcemake.com is currently at its conceptual and development stage. If there is enough traction to keep the community going, he sees potential for it to grow into a platform where there would be more interactions and connections between 3D printing novices and experts worldwide, accelerating the democratisation of 3D printing activity and contributing to the global maker culture.

Benjamin will be sharing his story for sourcemake.com at the 3D printing forum on 28 Jul (10am – 2.30pm), where he will be part of a panel to discuss and share about trends and issues concerning 3D printing. If you have signed up for this forum, remember it will take place at Gallery Room, *SCAPE Level 5.

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