In honor of Shapeways’ commitment to makers and empowering small business owners, this week we are featuring Shapeways shop owners on the blog discussing how they started, and are growing, their business with Shapeways. In his DreamTree Imagination Studio shop Dennis C. Roffe, based in South Carolina, designs products under the motto “Life is hard… Design it better.”
What prompted you to open your Shop on Shapeways?
It has helped me to bring my designs to reality. I never pursued any of my designs in the past because I knew what prototype parts cost. Now I can upload my designs and have them made at a reasonable price. Also, the money I make from sales helps me to pay for new designs and prototypes that I am working on.
What is your favorite part of having your Shop on Shapeways?
Shapeways has allowed me to bring my designs to fruition at an accessible price. Having my shop on Shapeways helps me showcase my products and offer them for sale which in return helps support Shapeways. I recently made a connection with a customer in England that ordered one of my drum rings for herself and one for her fiance. They are going to use the rings as their wedding rings which is really awesome to me.
Exhilarating and inspiring! When I first opened my shop I remember checking it everyday to see if someone had liked or ordered one of my designs.
Overall, Shapeways has inspired me to look at designing in a whole new way. With an array of materials available it is almost endless what can be created.