Just how #NSFW is the #3DPrinting Underbelly?

You may already be aware of the ‘Anything Goes‘ section of 3DShare, it’s been with us since day one and is home to some of our most downloaded files. We have a whole post explaining our reasoning behind this. For those who need a reminder:

“We don’t want to impose any limitations on people’s imaginations. This is where sites like reddit have flourished. We want to engage in the same level of diverse discussions and creations that reddit has done.

We feel this is not irresponsible, but we’re open to having that questioned. If somebody is old enough to 3D print molten plastic using some pretty hardcore machinery, we’re of the impression that they can find sites like ‘dongiverse’ or more extreme on the internet. This is why we have the ‘Anything Goes’ section. Obviously we’re not condoning the sharing of anything illegal and we will respond quickly to any complaints directed to us.”

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Now we’re a few months in, we thought we’d have a look at just how NSFW the ‘Anything Goes‘ section is!

Looking at the  posts, we see that there are a few different levels:

  1. Nude modelling
  2. Functional sex toys
  3. Functional weapons
  4. Obscene/squeemish

Given that there is already a healthy number of files in the section, we are pretty convinced that there is definitely a niche here. The short time we have been live with the platform is not that long for people to think up some of these creative/outrageous uploads. This makes us think that a lot of users had these files to hand, or they were already planning to share the designs – just looking for a place to do so.

We’re super happy with the growth of this niche space of the #3DPrinting world. We appreciate its not for everyone and that is why we have the NSFW warnings.

We’re really excited to see new sub-genres emerge in this space! Please join the conversation to let us know your thoughts, or how you’d like to see the platform develop to empower you as a user, or catch up with us on twitterfacebook or google+.

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