38 3D-Printing Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

38 3D-Printing Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a 3d printing business in 2022?

We put together 38 of the best 3d printing businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other 3d printing businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a promotional products business ($12M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$275,000/month
Skills

Mark Graham and Catherine Graham from Toronto, ON, Canada started commonsku almost 12 years ago, a promotional products business.

  • Revenue: $1,000,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 28
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Case Study

We had the luxury of building the product for our own business in the early years, so this gave us a chance to “eat our own dog food,” so to speak.

In the very early days when we developed the software for Rightsleeve, we had a very primitive user interface as we were more interested in how the workflows worked vs. how they looked. The name was even primitive - we called it ROMAN for “ Rightsleeve Order Management.”

Here’s an example of what the early prototype looked like in 2010 (before a formal UI was applied)

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2. Start a 3D robotics engineering business

Examples of a successful 3D robotics engineering business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D robotics engineering business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D robotics engineering business ➜

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3. Start a medical implants business

Examples of a successful medical implants business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a medical implants business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a medical implants business ➜

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4. Start an apparel designing business

How Much Can You Make?
$3,000,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful apparel designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a apparel designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an apparel designing business ➜

Rishi Narayan started Underground Printing, a custom prints business, over 21 years ago:

Case Study

I am Rishi Narayan, co-founder of Underground Printing (UGP), a national custom printing apparel and promotional products provider, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. UGP offers screenprinting, digital printing, and embroidery on a wide variety of apparel and promotional products. We have stores throughout the nation in the heart of communities we serve. At UGP, it’s our goal to make your order process as convenient and hands-on as possible.

Since launching the company in 2001 while sophomores in college, UGP has 35+ locations across the country. All of our garment print production is done in our state-of-the-art 55,000 sq. ft. production facility and warehouse, located in southeast Michigan. Our technology and infrastructure allow us to provide the best quality, the lowest prices, and with the shortest turnarounds in the industry. It is these traits that have propelled our growth, allowing us to be ranked among Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing companies for 3 years running.

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Rishi Narayan, on starting Underground Printing ($3,000,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a 3D-printed product designing business

How Much Can You Make?
$330,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful 3D-printed product designing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D-printed product designing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D-printed product designing business ➜

Roy Kirchner started Ultimate 3D Printing Store, a 3d printing business, almost 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Roy Kirchner, an entrepreneur from Odessa, Florida. After years spent in the automobile and marketing and advertising industries, I decided in 2014 to form a new company solely focused on emerging new technology, 3D printing.

I started my company with an initial, out-of-pocket investment of $65,000, and today we are averaging monthly gross sales of $330,000.

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Roy Kirchner, on starting Ultimate 3D Printing Store ($330,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a prosthetics 3D printing business

Examples of a successful prosthetics 3D printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a prosthetics 3D printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a prosthetics 3D printing business ➜

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7. Start a 3d gaming center business

Examples of a successful 3d gaming center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3d gaming center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3d gaming center business ➜

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8. Start a 3D-printed pills business

Examples of a successful 3D-printed pills business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D-printed pills business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D-printed pills business ➜

Melissa Snover started Nourished, a 3D-printed pills business, about 3 years ago:

Case Study

I grew up in New York and after studying Business Management and Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder I moved to the UK to finish my studies. I went to Lancaster University and fell in love with the UK, so I have been here ever since.

At 23 I started my entrepreneurial journey after co-founding a financial services company. I sold this in 2009 and then started a new business in the confectionery sector in 2010. Goody Good Stuff was the world’s first vegan, natural and allergen-free fruit gum. From there I turned my expertise to the tech industry and went onto launch Magic Candy Factory; the world’s first 3D food printer with FDA and FSA approval.

For over a decade I have been personally interested in nutrition and vitamins. Being an entrepreneur, I travelled all over the world with a bag full of different pills, tablets and supplements. After an encounter at airport control where I dropped my bag and all of my vitamins spilled over the floor, I knew that there had to be a better and easier way to consume all of your daily supplements, and the idea of Nourished was born.

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Melissa Snover, on starting Nourished ($0/month) full story ➜

9. Start a jewelry and ornaments production business

Examples of a successful jewelry and ornaments production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a jewelry and ornaments production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a jewelry and ornaments production business ➜

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10. Start a 3D food printing business

Examples of a successful 3D food printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D food printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D food printing business ➜

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11. Start a customized collectibles business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful customized collectibles business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a customized collectibles business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a customized collectibles business ➜

Adam Torkildson started Tork Media LLC, a ebay business, over 1 year ago:

Case Study

My name is Adam Torkildson (Tork to my friends). I run Tork Media, which is the umbrella company to several ventures I’m in various stages of running and/or funding.

I’m a partner and founder of 7 very different ventures; ranging from a solar farm in Bakersfield to selling sportscards on eBay (which is the one I like to talk about the most).

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Adam Torkildson, on starting Tork Media LLC ($10,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a 3D-printed custom-made tools business

Examples of a successful 3D-printed custom-made tools business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D-printed custom-made tools business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D-printed custom-made tools business ➜

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13. Start a bumper stickers business

Examples of a successful bumper stickers business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bumper stickers business:

Learn more about starting a bumper stickers business ➜

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14. Start a corporate printing service business

How Much Can You Make?
$275,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful corporate printing service business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a corporate printing service business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a corporate printing service business ➜

Vladimir Gendelman started Company Folders, Inc, a graphic design business, over 18 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Vladimir Gendelman, and I am the Founder and CEO of Company Folders, Inc. We are the ultimate boutique presentation folder company. I founded the company in 2003, and since then, we have won multiple awards, including making Inc.’s list of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America for three consecutive years. We have the largest selection of folders available anywhere, and we serve everyone from the travel agent working at home to schools and universities, government organizations, and large companies such as Google, Chick-fil-A, Sony, MGM, and the NFL.

Our main product lines are presentation folders, 3-ring bindersand envelopes. And our flagship product is a two-pocket presentation folder. We have printed over 20 million products for over 5,000 loyal clients. Our blog and design gallery have seen more than 5.5 million readers. We have hundreds of Google reviews with an average rating of 5 stars, and we’ve been featured in over 500 publications, including Forbes and Time.

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Vladimir Gendelman, on starting Company Folders, Inc ($275,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a 3D selfie studio business

Examples of a successful 3D selfie studio business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D selfie studio business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D selfie studio business ➜

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16. Start a 3D-printed arts business

How Much Can You Make?
$50,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful 3D-printed arts business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D-printed arts business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D-printed arts business ➜

saleh sokhandan started VIDAVIN, a craft business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hi, my name is Saleh Sokhandan, I am the founder of Vidavin. I am a designer of creative and artistic products that are made based on 3D art and optical illusion techniques.

Our imagination is endless, and we like to accompany others in the joy of new experiences.

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saleh sokhandan, on starting VIDAVIN ($50,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a 3D-printed shoes business

Examples of a successful 3D-printed shoes business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D-printed shoes business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D-printed shoes business ➜

18. Start a customized characters printing business

Examples of a successful customized characters printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a customized characters printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a customized characters printing business ➜

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19. Start an existing items customization business

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful existing items customization business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a existing items customization business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an existing items customization business ➜

David started PearlMountain, a logo designing business, almost 5 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, I’m David, CEO, and Founder of DesignEvo, an easy-to-use logo maker. We've been successfully focusing on graphics design and multimedia software ever since 2006!

DesignEvo logo maker is designed for business owners, entrepreneurs, agencies, website owners, freelancers, and even social media admins looking to create great logos in a breeze. Until now, we have over 29 million users worldwide, bringing us about 1 million dollars each month. Many of them are website owners or bloggers.

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David, on starting PearlMountain ($1,000,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a customized glasses frames business

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful customized glasses frames business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a customized glasses frames business:

Learn more about starting a customized glasses frames business ➜

Mehdi Kajbaf started Matboard & More, a framed prints ecommerce, over 10 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Mehdi Kajbaf, Co-Founder at Matboard and More , the company that makes framing your art easier than you think. We brought sophistication to one of the oldest industries on earth, picture framing.

However, if you can live the life you want, have financial security for the future and the freedom to enjoy it, you are probably successful.

My wife and I honeymooning in Turkey last year.

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Mehdi Kajbaf, on starting Matboard & More ($500,000/month) full story ➜

21. Start a 3D cinema business

Examples of a successful 3D cinema business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D cinema business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D cinema business ➜

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22. Start an object customization and printing business

Examples of a successful object customization and printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a object customization and printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an object customization and printing business ➜

Jess Munday started Custom Neon, a wedding rental business, about 4 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Jess Munday, I am the CoFounder, as well as the People and Culture Manager of Custom Neon.

We started the business to make LED neon art more affordable and accessible and had no idea how quickly it would grow!

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Jess Munday, on starting Custom Neon (/month) full story ➜

23. Start a prototypes building business

Examples of a successful prototypes building business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a prototypes building business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a prototypes building business ➜

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24. Start a 3D Scanning business

Examples of a successful 3D Scanning business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D Scanning business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D Scanning business ➜

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25. Sell firearms

Examples of a successful sell firearms:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sell firearms:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a sell firearms ➜

26. Start a 3D mapping system business

Examples of a successful 3D mapping system business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D mapping system business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D mapping system business ➜

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27. Start a customized earbuds business

How Much Can You Make?
$500,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful customized earbuds business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a customized earbuds business:

Learn more about starting a customized earbuds business ➜

Janne Kyllönen started Quieton, a health and wellness products, about 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Janne Kyllönen. I am the founder of QuietOn. We are making active noise-canceling earbuds for sleeping and are bringing relief for people who are struggling to sleep in a noisy environment surrounded by traffic noise or snoring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcl6aeoe0gk

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Janne Kyllönen, on starting Quieton ($500,000/month) full story ➜

28. Start a bio-printing business

Examples of a successful bio-printing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bio-printing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bio-printing business ➜

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29. Start a 3D printer selling business

How Much Can You Make?
$330,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful 3D printer selling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D printer selling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D printer selling business ➜

Roy Kirchner started Ultimate 3D Printing Store, a 3d printing business, almost 7 years ago:

Case Study

My name is Roy Kirchner, an entrepreneur from Odessa, Florida. After years spent in the automobile and marketing and advertising industries, I decided in 2014 to form a new company solely focused on emerging new technology, 3D printing.

I started my company with an initial, out-of-pocket investment of $65,000, and today we are averaging monthly gross sales of $330,000.

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Roy Kirchner, on starting Ultimate 3D Printing Store ($330,000/month) full story ➜

30. Start a 3D-printed spare parts business

Examples of a successful 3D-printed spare parts business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D-printed spare parts business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D-printed spare parts business ➜

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31. Start a 3D printing education business

Examples of a successful 3D printing education business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D printing education business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D printing education business ➜

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32. Start a 3D architecture business

Examples of a successful 3D architecture business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D architecture business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D architecture business ➜

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33. Start a recycled 3D-printed plastic bottles business

Examples of a successful recycled 3D-printed plastic bottles business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a recycled 3D-printed plastic bottles business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a recycled 3D-printed plastic bottles business ➜

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34. Start a 3D fashion designer business

Examples of a successful 3D fashion designer business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D fashion designer business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D fashion designer business ➜

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35. Start a children's toys business

How Much Can You Make?
$400,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful children's toys business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a children's toys business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a children's toys business ➜

Hagan Walker started Glo®, a ice cube business, over 6 years ago:

Case Study

Hey, y’all! I’m Hagan Walker - one of the co-founders of Glo! We make liquid-activated products under two different brands - Glo Cubes, which are light up drink cubes - and Glo Pals, light-up sensory toys for children. Both incorporate the same patented liquid activation circuitry.

It’s a strange combination (internally, we joke about kids and cocktails - ha!), but I’ll get into how that all came about in just a bit. We’re a bit quirky and, in this fast-paced world of e-commerce and dropshipping, we’ve found a small niche where we design, prototype, and package every single product from our headquarters in Starkville, Mississippi. This year, we’ll sell over 3 million of our products to customers in 37 countries.

Hold on to your seats. I believe telling a story should be real - it should include the highs and lows, tell you about how the path isn’t always straightforward, and detail how some things work out for a reason, so let’s start from the beginning.

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Hagan Walker, on starting Glo® ($400,000/month) full story ➜

36. Start a computer assembling business

Examples of a successful computer assembling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a computer assembling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a computer assembling business ➜

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37. Start a 3D modelling business

How Much Can You Make?
$10,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful 3D modelling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D modelling business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D modelling business ➜

Marco Messner started Mazing, a 3d animation using vr business, about 2 years ago:

Case Study

Hello, my name is Marco, founder of MazingXR (alongside my two co-founders). I’m 27 years old, born and raised in Austria – no kangaroos – it is a small country in the center of Europe. You might know Arnold Schwarzenegger, he is Austrian.

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Marco Messner, on starting Mazing ($10,000/month) full story ➜

38. Start a 3D detailed models business

Examples of a successful 3D detailed models business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a 3D detailed models business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a 3D detailed models business ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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