I’m not planning on starting a business but wouldn’t mind being rewarded for my efforts. I enjoy my 3D printing and have printed many items, some for friends at no charge and am happy to continue doing so. One of my favorite items is a whistle that I customize with their names on the side.
But a friend asked if I could copy a part for her kayak that she lost. The kayak company has gone out of business so replacement part isn’t available. I spent some time in tinkercad coping the part, printed a sample or two to get it fitting correctly then printed a final part in PETG. Not exactly the same as the original but close… she tried last weekend and it works great and she is happy.
She posted it on a user group for this kayak and a few seem interested in printing it themselves and asked for the STL file.
I do enjoy this type of printing and find it rewarding helping a friend but wonder if there’s a bit in money to be made for my time… not planning a retirement fund but maybe a lunch out with my partner as she puts up with my hobby! LOL.
Is this a reasonable idea… how much do I charge for a STLl file and how do I go about it? I know this item is a very limited market as the kayak isn’t sold anymore and only was sold for a short time so I don’t expect many sales.
Thoughts are appreciated