Is there money to be made with free 3d printing models?

dolinot

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There are some great resources out there to get free STL models, one is https://pinshape.com, where you can get over 7,000 freely-available models to download and use.

I wonder if there's a way to monetize this, maybe by using free models as the base for creating more complex models and selling those, or by some other way.
 

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Well if you look at any kind of arbitrage, it takes something being sold somewhere more expensively than other places and the ability to profit from the difference through quick buying and selling. CGTrader has a paid marketplace and many other places do too - free models, modified/customized and then sold at CGTrader. Maybe even combining models to form something new, bc obviously just getting free models and selling them without ownership rights won't fly at all. Definitely an opportunity to make some money there though