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Adding your 3D printed kit

To add a new product go to:

My Account > Shop Manager > Dashboard > Products > Add New.

To edit a product go to:

My Account > Shop Manager > Dashboard > Products > All products > Select product.

While adding your first product, let’s get familiar with the product management page. The Main Body is where the majority of the product settings are located. The Sidebar contains additional options, settings, as well as the publishing tools.

There are many product options which are not required, or applicable for your product. We will only be covering the options that are applicable to creating your model. There are also a few sections that we will need to fill in.

The Main Body

WooCommerce Add Product - Familiar Interface

Product Name

The first section we find in the main body is the product name box. We recommend having a standard naming practice for your models. For example: BX02 – SP 28′ Boxcar.
We ask that you keep the name specific, yet short this will help keep a uniform look in the market place. If you chose to include a specific company name, please abbreviate it, the full searchable name can be added under Product Attributes in a later section.


The permalink is shown directly below the product name only after the product draft is saved for the first time. Once saved the permalink can be edited, we recommend changing it to be your part Number. Keep in mind however the permalink must be unique, if your part number is a duplicate of another in our catalog it will change it.

Product Description

This is your place to provide a detailed description of your model. We also require two sections: Kit Contents, and Additional parts needed, these are best placed after your product description in the same box. We will work with you to develop your kit and can help fill in or add these areas as needed.

Product Data Box

They Product data box is where we will add the majority of the data for our products. We cover many options in this section, not all of them will be available as the options change based upon the product type selected.

WooCommerce Product Data metabox

Product Type Menu

To be able to select a product type, we need to decide which one will best fit. for 3d printed models printed and shipped by us, Simple and Variable will be the most commonly used types, however, these are the options that are applicable:

  • Simple – covers the vast majority of any products you may sell. Simple products are shipped and have no options. For example, a book, single 3d model with no customer selected options.
  • Grouped – a collection of related products that can be purchased individually and only consist of simple products. For example, a set of cars to make a specific train, or a conversion kit for a specific type of locomotive.
  • Variable – a product with variations, each of which may have a different SKU, price, stock option, etc. For example, a t-shirt available in different colors and/or sizes.
  • Product Bundle – Create special offers in your shop combining products in bundles offered with discounts and special prices. Like grouped products you can combine products while allowing your customers to customize the bundle.

Product Option Checkboxes

  • Downloadable – activates additional fields where you can provide a downloadable file. After a successful purchase, customers are given a downloadable file as a link in the order notification email. This is suitable, for example, for a digital album, PDF magazine, or photo.

General section

  • Price
    • Regular Price – Set the price you would like to charge for the model. We set our cost on the back end.
    • Sale Price – this will over ride your regular price and mark your item as “On Sale”
  • Tax
    • Will be filled out by 3Dp train staff


Inventory section


Enter the part number in the SKU box with your vendor abbreviation before it For example, Western Rails Company uses WRC, so “WRC-BX02”.

Manage Stock?

Leave the box un-checked.

Stock Status

Set to in stock

Sold individually

Leave the box un-checked


Will be filled in by 3Dp Train staff.

Linked Products section

Using up-sells and cross-sells, you can cross promote your products. They can be added by searching for a particular product and selecting the product from the dropdown list:

WooCommerce Simple Product - Linked Products Tab

After adding, they are listed in the input field:

WooCommerce Simple Product - Linked Product Added


Up-sells are displayed on the product details page. These are products that you may wish to encourage users to upgrade, based on the product they are currently viewing. For example, if the user is viewing the coffee product listing page, you may want to display tea kettles on that same page as an up-sell.

WooCommerce Product Up-Sells

Cross-sells are products that are displayed with the cart and related to the user’s cart contents. As an example, if the user adds a Nintendo DS to their cart, you may want to suggest they purchase a spare stylus when they arrive at the cart page.

Attributes section

On the Attributes tab, you can assign details to a product. You will see a select box containing global attribute sets that have been previously created.

Once you have chosen an attribute from the select box, click add and apply the terms attached to that attribute (e.g., Scale) to the product. You can hide the attribute on the frontend by leaving the Visible checkbox unticked.

We have created a few global attributes that will make your product easier for customers to find. If they are applicable to your model be sure to use them:

Scale – The scale of your model.

Company / Railroad – Use to assign the prototype company or railroad that owned your model.

Era – Use to assign the era (in decades) that your model existed during.

Length – Set the length (full size) of your model in feet.


Add custom attributes

Alternatively, add an attribute you only want to use for one product. This would only be ideal if you have a product with unique variations. Select Custom product attribute in the dropdown and follow the above steps.


Advanced section

  • Purchase note – Enter an optional note to send the customer after they purchase the product.
  • Menu order – Custom ordering position for this item.
  • Enable Reviews – Enable/Disable customer reviews for this item.


Product short description

Add an excerpt. This typically appears next to product imagery on the listing page, and the long description appears in the Product Description tab.

Video embeds (oembed) may be used, as of version 3.1x.


The Side Bar

On the right-hand side of the Add New Product panel you will find the sidebar beginning with the publish panel, you can set Catalog Visibility for your product.

  • Shop and search – Visible everywhere, shop pages, category pages and search results.
  • Shop only – Visible in shop pages and category pages, but not search results.
  • Search only – Visible in search results, but not in the shop page or category pages.
  • Hidden – Only visible on the single product page – not on any other pages.

You can also set whether the product is promoted in product categories, up-sells, related products as a Featured Product. For example, you could tick the Featured box on all bundles you sell.

Product Categories 

Product categories are how we organize like products. When adding a product select the most specific categories that it belongs in. A Flat car for example would go in Trains > Freight Cars > Flat Cars. While all the categories are applicable, Flat Cars is the most specific, so only select it. The other categories will automatically inherit it. If needed additional categories can be added. 

WooCommerce Product Categories and Tags


Hide Page and Post Title

This will hide the title from displaying at the top of the product page.


Under most circumstances, this section will not be used.

Product image and Product gallery

Add a main product image and a gallery of images. More at: Adding Product Images and Galleries.

The majority of this content has been copied from the Woocommerce documentation. it has been edited and expanded upon to fit our specific needs.

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