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  1. Provide deeper customization within our hub's layout.

    I feel my hub's page could benefit from deeper customization options. One of my main selling points are the pictures that I have posted. As is now, the photo viewer is cumbersome to sort through and view photos within.
    It seems small for an area which is the primary selling point. Also it is difficult to customize or change. The same photos stay on the front page, unless I delete all of the photos and re-upload them. I think allowing deeper user customization would greatly improve this feature. This could be done through either direct html editing that users are…

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    • two material prints

      I have a dual extruder on my prusa i3 but there are no options for dual extrusion on the material options or printer edit page for my hub. Please allow for multiple material prints. Thanks for your help,

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        Hey Kyle,

        We would love to support this but it is pretty complex, especially when it comes to supplying the right files, indicating which part needs to be in which material, price calculation.

        You could add Dual Material as one of the colors to your Hub as a work around while we figure out how to implement this.

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        • A simple 3D in-browser STL viewer, so I can accept prints quickly, without having to download them and look at them locally.

          A lot of times I look at the thumbnail and it gives me some information, but not a lot. If there was an integrated 3D viewer, I could spin the object around and know if I am able to print it, without downloading it. This also means I can accept projects when I'm not home, or on the go.

          12 votes
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            Fair point, we’ll work on this, it might take a bit before we can release it, but we share your vision and feel it would make for faster and more accurate order acceptance.

            Brian

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              1 comment  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for sharing this feedback, we’ll look at it but it doesn’t have our highest priority at the moment. We hope to offer this to you in a few months.

            • Have you ever thought of doing this with 3D scanners?

              I bet a lot of people have 3D scanners laying around collecting dust. My Romer Arm with integrated scanner is only getting used about once a month. I would love to get extra business reverse engineering parts for other people. Just an Idea.

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                Hey Shane,

                We recently introduced the option for Hubs to indicate that they can take Scanning Jobs as well. However the Hubs are at this point still based on 3D Printers. We’ll change this in the future so you can indicate which scanner you have, how much you would charge for it etc.

                Brian

              • Allow materials list to be entered once and shared between printers

                I would like to separate the materials list from the printers list. The goal is to be able to have the materials list entered once - or imported from a spreadsheet - and then be able to select with a checkbox or similar operation what printer can do what material. I have a large list of available materials and when I add a new printer I have to duplicate it because my printers all use the same materials. To be able to enter the materials once would save quite a lot of time for me.
                Another detail of that idea…

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                  Hi Ben,

                  Seems like a fine idea! We’ll keep this in mind once we re-do the printer interface, as there are more improvements planned for that part of the platform.

                  Best,
                  Brian

                • Dashboard Statistics and Promoted Listings

                  I think you guys should have the option for promoted listings either for a higher fee on your end or we can pay a small fee to reach a larger audience like other marketplace sites. Right now, you guys have tons of 3D printers listed, but out of 3000 views, I've only had one order.

                  It seems like this site has more 3D printers than actual people wanting to print things. I would like to see how many orders have been requested through 3D hubs vs. the number of printers in a dashboard and then all of my hubs statistics…

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                    Hey Justin,

                    Thanks sharing this idea, indeed we have a lot of 3D Printers, thus a lot of supply. Luckily the demand is growing faster than the printers are being listed so it will play out. Soon we’ll launch a better sorting algorithm which will weed out any inactive or poor performing Hub from the rankings.

                    At this point in time we’re not working on promoted listings but I’ll discuss it with the team and see if want to put it on the roadmap.

                    Best,
                    Brian

                  • Non-profit/Charity Donation Receipts for Highschools and gradeschools.

                    Many grade-schools and high-schools are interested in leveraging engineering through 3D printing as part of their curriculum.

                    However, these schools often don't have the budgets to support 3D printing for hundreds of students.

                    If 3DHubs was able to permit jobs from nearby schools to be printed as charitable donations, it would allow hubs to take non-profit jobs at leisure, and allow schools to worry less about peak capacity (sort of like 'offloading computation to the cloud' is happening in the tech world).

                    It would benefit both 3DHubs and local printers by helping them defray taxes and other costs through charitable…

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                      Hey Matthew,

                      Thanks so much for sharing this idea. We’ve been playing around with more elaborate ways to support students/educator, we have 3dhubs.com/students set up, but this idea goes quite a bit further.

                      Let me discuss with the team and see if and when we could fit this in.

                      Brian

                    • Private notes and settings / gcode by order

                      It should be great to have, as hub manager, files inputs (segmented by gcode and settings) and private notes by order.
                      Idea was first posted here:
                      https://www.3dhubs.com/talk/thread/hubs-improvements

                      This could help improve prints, share prints settings around the world, ...

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                      • Great to make a app. But maybe when you stick to the mobile site, you can implement a chrome push alert?? See: http://www.greenbot.com/art

                        Implement Chrome push alert to the mobile site..

                        When you stick to the mobile site, maybe you can implement a chrome push alert??
                        See: http://www.greenbot.com/article/2911548/websites-can-now-send-push-alert...

                        Hope it will help :D.

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                        • Allow a public queue for hubs, and the ability for hubs to add prints to their own queue

                          This may already be implemented, but I am unable to see it. It would be nice for hubs to allow a public queue (or, at least, an option for it) to allow potential customers to see how busy a certain hub is, or how long the hub will take to get to their print.

                          On the same note, it would be great to allow a hub to add prints in themselves, as to let potential customers know what that printer is slated to print. This would allow a hub to show "I plan to print this for myself after this…

                          7 votes
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                          • Express delivery options

                            Would be nice if we could have the opportunity to offer our own delivery courier service , like express delivery with options for different time spans. For example , one price for within the hour delivery, another price for within 12h, for example.

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                            • Make print quality selectable per printer

                              If I want to offer prints in different qualities from the same printer, I now have to create multiple printers.
                              Wouldn't it be nicer to add 1 printer with multiple qualities as an option?

                              27 votes
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                                Hey Bjorn, fair point. We want to revamp the whole printer structure and address this while we’re at it. So its on the roadmap but not a top priority just yet.

                              • expand on the city list

                                I would like to see a more inclusive city list currently in listed as Liverpool when I'm actually in Chester this has caused some confusion with potential clients and people I have told about my hub via my social media pages

                                Having looked around on the site I have noticed a number of hubs with the same issue world wide so it would be good to have a better list of all the city's in a given country

                                5 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Admin →

                                  Hey Jay,

                                  We’re working on separating communities from actual location of Hubs, so we still group Hubs into major communities around big cities, but we won’t show that city as your location (since it’s obviously wrong).

                                  Thanks for submitting.
                                  Brian

                                • Hub Status bar

                                  Have a status updates for hubs to show when the going to be back holiday and such

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                                  • Allow me to embed my hub feedback on my own site

                                    Similar to the "Print with me" button, I'd like a mechanism to embed my feedback on my own website. I use my site as a blog to showcase my projects, and I'd like to pimp my good, hard-earned feedback next to the "print with me" button!

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                                      Hey Bryan,

                                      Makes total sense, we’ll discuss with the dev team and put this on the roadmap for embeddable widget functionality.

                                      Best,
                                      Brian

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                                        Thanks Rex for these ideas, they are quite specific use cases for expert users, so they are not our top priority. The filtering per country or continent has a much broader audience so we’ll plan that one in the coming months.

                                      • Support adding a "about me" video to main hub area for visitors to watch

                                        Support adding a "about me" video to main hub area for visitors to watch.

                                        I'd love to post up a video about myself and what I can offer to my customers to my Hub page. Be also cool if the Hub banner was able to be linked to a YouTube video.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Admin →

                                          Hey Aaron, cool idea – let me discuss with the team and see when we can add such feature. It will be a couple months though as our roadmap is packed!

                                        • Business Card Template

                                          Create a business card template so we can (2d color) print and include with the prints!

                                          Right now I put the print in a ziplock bag with one of "myhub" stickers outside and one of the cool stickers that you sent in the bag as a gift.
                                          I want to put a business card inside the bag instead.

                                          Maybe you can put together a "merchandising kit" for us to download and print locally or to purchase the items from you.
                                          CHEERS!

                                          31 votes
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                                            Hey,

                                            We’re looking into supporting our Hubs in any way we can. This certainly is something that we feel a lot of Hubs would value.

                                            So stay tuned!
                                            Brian

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