Ever fancied your own full-size companion cube? What about a tiny Roshan statue for your desk? Maybe you’d prefer to hang a scale replica of a gun from Team Fortress 2 from above your mantelpiece? Thanks to Valve’s new partnership, those dreams could all soon become reality.
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Yesterday, Valve announced a new partnership with 3D Printing firm Shapeways, allowing anyone to make and sell their own Valve merchandising. That means everybody now has access to make merch for all of Valve’s intellectual property. The tools to make the Dota 2, Half-Life, or Portal figures you’ve always wanted are now right at your fingertips.
Shapeways offer 60 different materials that users can 3D print in. All you need to do is upload a model to their site, pick your material, and declare how many copies you want to make. You can even sell your products directly from Shapeways’ site. Valve will receive 10 percent of the royalties from any sales, which Shapeways will handle automatically.
In a press release, Shapeways CEO Tom Finn says “We’re thrilled that Valve has decided to embrace and empower its fan community in this way, and we’re confident it will pave the way for a new movement in companies engaging with fandoms.”