The applications for 3D printing are endless. Architects, engineers, designers, artists, chefs and many such professionals are slowly using the power of 3D printing in their professional domains. There is no doubt that some form of 3D printers is going to be as ubiquitous as computers in our lives today. In the current scenario, where many professionals are slowly and gradually adopting 3D printing, it makes perfect sense for entrepreneurs to help these professionals in the right way by carving a niche for themselves according to specific technologies or industries. For example, Fused Deposition Moulding(FDM) technology can be used in a variety of domains, design files only have to be sent to the 3D printer and the printer can print anything needed one object at a time. Within FDM 3D printing itself there are many ways in which a niche can be created- you can cater exclusively to architects, designers, doctors or others and make a name for yourself and charge a premium for your services. Here are some of the sectors where you can create your niche.
For fashion-conscious women, wearing some form of jewellery makes for an elegant style statement. The Jewellery manufacturing segment is a multi-million-dollar industry. Generally, it is divided into precious jewellery made with Gold, Platinum and diamonds while imitation jewellery is made with affordable materials like plastic, wood and metal. Carving a niche here can be quite lucrative, once you have established yourself into the business and have the right professionals working for you/with you.
Jewellery manufacturing itself is a large industry- you need to decide if you want to carve out a niche for yourself with regard to plastic based jewellery, metal-based jewellery or precious jewellery. Unlike conventional manufacturing processes, 3D printing offers you the flexibility to make designs that were impossible to do earlier. With regard to the technology to be used, there are many options available, FDM can be used for PLA(PolyLactic Acid) Polymer based or resin based 3D printed jewellery, SLA or SLS can be used for metal based jewellery 3D printing and so on. The main catch here is that you need the right jewellery designer who knows what is in demand in the market and what will sell. Once you have someone like this, there is no stopping you from achieving your goals.
Reaching your Niche market online After setting up your 3D business and running it successfully at the local level, you now have your eyes set up for the worldwide market courtesy the internet. You have many options available to you.
Create your own website - A website advertising your services can be a great way to let people know about you. It is a great investment which can bring big bucks for your business. You can get it SEO friendly to ensure that all searches for your niche have your website ranked the highest. Having a website also opens up opportunities for you to have clients from places that you would’nt expect you would have at this stage of your business.
Registering on Online Portals - Business portals can catapult your business to a national (and international) level within a short span of time. Indiamart and TradeIndia are the most popular business portals currently available that can get you good leads according to your niche. You can also take advantage of popular B2C websites like Amazon, Flipkart and eBay.