Have you guys heard about crowdfunding?
He contacted our team to check if we can help him print miniature models of his video game characters. And we jumped right in – firstly because we simply loved his designs, and wanted to see how r3D handles them, and then because we have a dream to become catalysts of entrepreneurship in India. If we guys can flourish together, we’re handling our energy in the right way!
He has made for us this nice video explaining 3D printing:
We’ve invited Sunny to write this blog post, to tell us about his experiences, and possibly if we can help find him more funding. Here goes:
My name is Sunny Kapoor (@wickedsunny), a multi award winning writer, designer and poet, owner and lead faculty at learndesignanimate.com. We are developing a video game for iOS and looking for crowdfunding. As 3D Printing is the next happening technology, we decided to provide 3D Printed Miniatures as perks for those who fund us.
We tried ordering from shapeways and other websites dealing with 3D Printing but being in India creates a lot of problem for us. They will not ship directly to our customers but only to India and other sites have a very high shipping rates, not acceptable for small miniatures.
By chance we found Aakash and his reality 3D printer at ahagadgets which is one of the first 3D Printers in India.
Aakash not only joined our team but created samples for us.
Though plastic, they can actually provide much bigger miniatures than the one imported from US and the quality is also good. The miniatures which are not glazed with acetone look soft and really cute.
Aakash has been really responsive and been helping us out with all the retrials and changes in the 3D model for the final print.
Indian entrepreneurs will actually benefit from Crowd funding and 3D printing in long run but for now breaking into crowd funding is very difficult, unless you are living in US or anywhere outside the Sub continent.
We call it the Sub Continent Curse.
Thanks to our own Indian Government laws, Indian entrepreneurship has become handicapped. Crowd funding is not allowed yet in India and who knows when the bill will be passed for it.
Last year RBI has restricted PayPal in India from accepting personal payments from abroad. That stops all the crowd funding sites from using PayPal for India. People who were willing to buy our perks think twice as they prefer using PayPal, than taking out their credit card and manually filing the forms. Many crowd funding sites do not work for India because of PayPal restrictions.
Those who helped us till now are actually people who themselves need funding and this is ironic. People who have money are not willing to help while people who are looking for help themselves are willing to help others.
Keeping this in mind we have created a new perk where we will help others if they help us. We will create short animations for those who help fund us in any way possible.
It is a long way ahead and we are really trying hard to break this curse.
We need to appreciate Aha Gadgets efforts as well. Most people in India have no idea what is 3D printing and how it can reshape the future. Aha Gadgets have not only created the first 3D printer in India but are competing with desktop 3D printer prices from abroad. Aha Gadgets are trying very hard to make people aware of this new technology but they also need funds to improve upon the printer.
Please help us create our game by buying 3D printed miniatures.
You will indirectly help crowd funding and 3D printing to flourish in India.
Our campaign URLs are:
Thanks! See you on Indiegogo!