Imageneria launches first 3D-printable NFTs that turn into real consumer products
This launch is just the start of the road for Imageneria and the applications of NFTs for consumer products.
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are often seen as nothing more or less than a new way to buy and sell digital art — an interesting innovation, but not particularly useful for the average person. Yet this technology is barely getting started, and Imageneria’s latest offering is a testament to that.
In early December, the lifestyle 3D-printable products platform launched its capabilities for turning digital 3D-printable files into NFTs.
As a result, designers will be able to upload their consumer and lifestyle product designs on Imageneria, turn them into 3D-printable NFTs which customers can download and print out as real goods. This has enormous implications for the worlds of both NFTs and consumer products.
How it works
When a customer buys one of the designs on the Imageneria platform, they’ll receive both a 3D-printable file of the product and an NFT. This NFT serves as proof that the customer owns a design — it’s a kind of digital certificate where everybody on the blockchain can see the history of the token and who the current owner is.
If and when the customer wants to have the item in physical form, they can use the Imageneria platform to turn the NFT into a real product in a single click.
Imageneria has already shown that its methods work — in November 2021, it created the first 3D-printable NFT of the Guinness World Record, turning the largest 3D-printed flag into the Metaverse-ready version and storing the 3D-printable file of the flag with the help of NFT.
And shortly, the rest of the world will be able to take advantage of the same technologies.
What it means for the industry
NFTs are relatively new technology, but proponents have always said that one of their strongest use cases is to prove ownership of a specific item (whether it’s a physical or digital item). Imageneria has proven that NFTs have a role in helping eCommerce sites and manufacturers to expand their offerings.
This also has significant implications for how the world delivers consumer products. Instead of items being shipped from one side of the country (or the world) to another, 3D-printable NFT technology allows people from anywhere in the world to get their hands on the design and print the product from wherever they are.
It’s more convenient for customers, offers more opportunities for designers, and promotes more transparent and deeply sustainable supply chains by cutting out delivery processes.
This launch is just the start of the road for Imageneria and the applications of NFTs for consumer products. As the technologies involved become more widely known and the ideas spread, we could see a complete transformation in how many industries work.