Alternatives to Thingiverse, For Upset Designers

With controversy brewing around the most popular 3D model repository, Thingiverse, some ask what alternative repos may exist. We found more than a few. 

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No two repositories are identical, however. They differ in:

  • Pricing (some are free, some priced, some mixed)
  • Size (some have tens of thousands of models, while others have only dozens)
  • Content (some focus on specific topics, others are general)
  • Printability (some exclusively hold printable objects and others don’t)
  • Usage (some hold models only for use on their printers or service)
  • Modifiability (some hold static models, some have dynamic adjustable models)
  • Usability (some sites are far more usable than others)

Like Thingiverse there are some repos built by manufacturers to provide their users with things to print:

YouMagine (Ultimaker) 
Treasure Island (Pirate3D, obviously) 
123D’s Gallery (Autodesk) 

Some manufacturers offer models usable only on their equipment or services:
Shapeways 
Sculpteo 
MakerBot’s Digital Store 
Cubify (some content is generally usable beyond 3D Systems equipment) 

In no particular order, here are a few of the larger or more recently launched 3D model repositories, all with different characteristics. Note that some include non-printable models, so be careful what you select.  

CGtrader 
Turbosquid 
SketchFab 
3D Via 
TF3DM 
GrabCAD 
Uformit 
Bld3r 
Redpah 
3DAGOGO 
Cults 
3D Model Free 
FABFabbers 
Cuboyo 
MyMiniFactory 
FabMe 
SproutForm 
Repables

We’re quite certain we missed MANY other repos; our apologies. 

There are also innumerable small boutique sites, like BHold, which offer a very small selection of their custom-designed products. 

For an alternative approach, you could also consider using the code control service GitHub to store 3D models, as it now includes STL file support. Similarly, you could also roll your own server with something like Media Goblin, which also offers 3D model support. 

The world of 3D printing does not end with Thingiverse; there are literally dozens of other places to find and distribute 3D models - and we expect many more in coming months. 

[UPDATE] For a more current list of active repositories, please refer to our Buying Guides

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