OK, I’m just brainstorming here, but have you considered creating a GF makers’ site, where owners can sell the actual (and unique) products that we make? I.E. in addition to selling the files that allow others to make the products?
Perhaps with a vetting process where only true owners of a GF and only the original / first maker of something gets the exclusive rights to sell those items on your site. I can see that side of things maybe getting complicated & ugly, with disputes arising as to who made it first, knock-offs from non-owners, etc etc.
Rather than makers selling on Etsy / Amazon / E-Bay, they sell on your site. Customers get security in that it is genuine and from a GF owner, and the ease of finding them all in one place.
Huge project, yes, but if it works out, then it could be a pretty big addition to your bottom line…
And hey, had this thought: Would only be fair for me to get a little cut, for coming up with the idea, right?
Edit to add: Ooohhhh, and I just thought of this, too: Maybe include a feature where people can submit requests for things they want made, and owners can bid on the projects! This could be either submitting actual complete plans, or just ideas / descriptions, and the owners then create the plan files.
This could be huge, Dan. Could…be…HUGE.