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3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise

Shapeways Magazine announces that 3D printing company Shapeways is partnering with Valve to offer the opportunity to legally sell your own merchandise based on Valve properties. This program is already underway, and they are highlighting the best offerings in a Shapeways + Valve Hub, though sadly no one has yet figured out a way to 3D print hats. Here's the deal:

We’re incredibly excited to announce that, thanks to a first-of-its kind program, Valve and Shapeways are partnering up to empower our communities of creators to make and sell 3D printed, gamer-created merchandise and accessories based on Valve’s games and hardware.

Starting today, you can take advantage of a new Valve licensing agreement on Shapeways. This will not only allow you to create merch around any of Valve’s games and game assets, but also mods and accessories for hardware like the Steam Controller and Steam Link.

For Shapeways designers, this means that the Valve and Steam game communities will now have access to your products, and you can advertise and promote your Valve-related products anywhere you like.

For Valve games’ fans and Steam hardware users, we’re here to help you take your help you take your fan art into the physical world, whether you’re just learning to design for 3D printing, or have a whole set of heroes ready to bring to life.

But the really revolutionary part of this partnership is how easy it is for you to licence your products. You just upload your model to your shop (as always, make sure to use tags and accurate descriptions to make sure shoppers can find you), and you will automatically be prompted to opt in. You’ll have the option to opt out of the license if you get the prompt in error.

Once you opt in, you’re good to go. No other approvals needed. No takedowns, no missed revenue. We’ll automatically deduct a 10% royalty from sales of merchandise connected to the game franchises and send them to Valve. No royalties are deducted on accessories developed for Steam hardware. And that’s it!

We’ll feature the best of your Valve and Steam-related designs on the Shapeways + Valve hub, and we’ll be promoting some of your most amazing designs in Shapeways Magazine and on social media. We’re already seeing some cool merch inspired by DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2, and Portal, but we know you’re just getting started.

We’re thrilled to be able to create a way to reward your creativity while unlocking the incredible potential of Valve’s fandoms. Check out our Valve hub for inspiration and all the nitty-gritty details of how the license works. Then, show us what you can do!

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15. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 29, 2017, 16:18 RedEye9
 
Slick wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 19:57:
Oh and the "community" will get paid exclusively with stolen glimpses of half-erased whiteboards around headquarters that read: "ife 3"
OMFG, SQUEEE, SO WORTH IT!!!
 
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14. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 29, 2017, 16:12 DangerDog
 
Leper wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 18:41:
Wow. More boring Valve news about selling other people's creative works. "Can't wait for the next Valve announcement" - says no one anymore.

Gabe will most likely end up selling Steam to Microsoft.
 
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13. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 29, 2017, 04:09 Ravenus
 
I think I'm going to sell some crowbars and call it HL3 merchandise.  
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12. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 21:43 Slick
 
Well, I wasn't complaining, just being incredibly cheeky.

IMO the quality isn't high enough to warrant any craze, 3D printed stuff is neat, but doesn't have the attention to detail that the professional figurine merchants have been peddling for years.

Just got my "Wrench" WD2 figurine in the mail today, VERY VERY HAPPY #_#
 
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11. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 20:41 NamecaF
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 19:11:
Graham wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 18:37:
DangerDog wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 14:47:
Because the world isn't filled with enough useless plastic garbage we now need to 3d print more of it.

Jesus fucking christ, is there anything you people won't complain about?

You're complaining about complaining. Ironic.

Nup. He's totally right. You lot whinge and moan non fucking stop. There's no pleasing you.
 
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10. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 19:57 Slick
 
Leper wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 18:41:
Wow. More boring Valve news about selling other people's creative works. "Can't wait for the next Valve announcement" - says no one anymore.

I have it on good authority that their next big announcement is that the "community" is to take over all duties running their offices while they're away on permanent vacation swimming in GabeN's giant money pool.

Oh and the "community" will get paid exclusively with stolen glimpses of half-erased whiteboards around headquarters that read: "ife 3"
 
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9. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 19:13 jdreyer
 
Leper wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 18:41:
Wow. More boring Valve news about selling other people's creative works. "Can't wait for the next Valve announcement" - says no one anymore.
Welcome to the exploitation sharing economy.
 
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8. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 19:11 jdreyer
 
Graham wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 18:37:
DangerDog wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 14:47:
Because the world isn't filled with enough useless plastic garbage we now need to 3d print more of it.

Jesus fucking christ, is there anything you people won't complain about?

You're complaining about complaining. Ironic.
 
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7. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 19:06 RedEye9
 

What's the catch?
 
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6. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 18:41 Leper
 
Wow. More boring Valve news about selling other people's creative works. "Can't wait for the next Valve announcement" - says no one anymore.  
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5. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 18:37 Graham
 
DangerDog wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 14:47:
Because the world isn't filled with enough useless plastic garbage we now need to 3d print more of it.

Jesus fucking christ, is there anything you people won't complain about?
 
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4. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 16:39 Creston
 
Can I 3D print and sell Half Life 3?
 
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3. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 14:57 aka_STEVE
 
can I add my own 3% transaction fee to everything that sells in this marketplace too....  
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2. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 14:47 DangerDog
 
Because the world isn't filled with enough useless plastic garbage we now need to 3d print more of it.  
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1. Re: 3D Print and Sell Your Own Valve Merchandise Sep 28, 2017, 12:16 jdreyer
 
Hats!  
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