With almost 25,000 shops on our site, we could spend all days browsing the amazing products our community has for sale. We’re always interested in seeing what new things pop up and how customers are finding new shops.
A few weeks ago we noticed a shop called The Hate Project was very popular. Obviously we were very curious and connected with the shop owner to find out more about the shop and how they attracted customers.
Tell us a little about yourself!
My Name is Rob Baptie and I started a small social experiment called the Hate Project based on selling goods via the internet from California and giving the money away to charitable causes.
What’s the story behind your shop?
The Hate Project is a crowdsourcing endeavor based on the idea that together, smaller donations that might be deemed insignificant can make a huge difference when lumped together. This idea/project was born out of trying to help a friend whose nieces were stricken with Cystic Fibrosis raise money for their foundation. This process is documented here: The Hatedust Project .
To date we have given away about $195,000 to different charitable groups like AlphaK9.org and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Why HATE? I like the idea of repurposing a negative into a positive. HATE comes from what we decided your insides would do if you ate too much of our pepper concotion called Hatedust.
What’s the story behind your designs?
The designs mainly involve variations on my pig based theme. I started fundraising for Make-A-Wish by donating pig bbq’s for their charity.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the good in others.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
The ease of operation Shapeways brings to my efforts.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I don’t! I have a good friend, Wes Newman, do it for me and he is GREAT!
How do you promote your work?
I promote via my Facebook Group: The Hate Project https://www.facebook.com/
Anything else you want to share?
I’d just like to thank all the HATERs who have supported this idea over the last 18 months. 100% of our net proceeds have gone to helping others. This idea is nothing without their ongoing support.
Thanks, Rob! We always love seeing our community use their creativity for good. Also, be sure to check out the website to learn more about the project (and to find out what Hatedust is!).