Prusa Research has rebranded their 3D model repository; it’s now “Printables”.
A group of companies launched a new website dedicated to storing 3D printable models for Ukraine.
MakerBot implemented changes to Thingiverse that make some users very unhappy.
Valve released the design files to enable custom cases for their upcoming Steak Deck device.
Prusa Research announced unique reward and badging systems for their PrusaPrinters site, and there are some very interesting implications.
There are many online sources for printable 3D content, but where are they?
One way to measure a printable 3D model repository is by the number of models.
The Scan the World project is looking for your help.
Did you know that Adafruit publishes a large collection of 3D printable parts for electronics projects?
DesignSpark and SnapEDA launched a new service for downloading 3D models of electronic components.
Thangs introduced an amazing new feature: augmented reality.
3D Platform has published a set of simple benchmarks that anyone could easily use.
I haven’t seen an example of this type of online 3D model store appear for some time.
There’s plenty of printable 3D model repositories these days, but none quite like African Fossils.
I’m watching a video of a designer explaining why he’s “quitting Thingiverse”, and this poses questions about MakerBot’s Thingiverse strategy.
France’s postal service, La Poste, is shutting down their 3D model repository service on October 1st.
If you’re seeking a 3D model to print, there’s a great place to search called Yeggi.
A helmet manufacturer is using distributed 3D scanning technology to produce bespoke products for customers.
The US FDA has been engaged with other parties to assist in the use of community 3D printing resources to confront the COVID-19 crisis.
It turns out there are indeed some 3D models in their archive, but it takes a bit of detective work to find them.
The Smithsonian this week announced the availability of 2.8M digital artifacts for download. Are there 3D models in the repository? We took a look.
A non-profit organization offers massively detailed 3D data for multiple sites worldwide.
Guess who is offering free downloads of 3D models for their consumer products? We found a major company doing so and we think everyone else should, too.
We ran across another interesting 3D model repository, Hum3D.
An enormous, decades-long project is launched to 3D scan virtually all fossils and specimens stored at major museums.
Adrian Bowyer proposes a very unusual approach for strengthening 3D printed parts: embedding voids.
There are plenty of sites to find fabulous pre-made printable 3D models.
Kickstarter announced a new set of tests for 3D printers that appear on their site.
Researchers have developed a very tricky method to embed tracking information into 3D prints.
This month, 3D model marketplace CGTrader hit a major milestone, announcing 1.5 million users: the CEO shares a look at the company’s impressive growth.
I had a difficult thought today: what is to become of several specific 3D model repositories in the future?
I found an interesting 3D model at Thingiverse, but then something happened.
I bumped into some ready-to-3D print 3D models of the lunar surface.
Before automobile technology even reached the point where two cup holders in a single car was an ovation inducing breakthrough
I read some posts proposing an alternate test print for 3D printing.
An interesting announcement today reveals more about Stratasys’ strategies.
The emergence of easy making technologies has transformed many people into “makers”, but are there hidden dangers?
A 3D model respository seems to specialize in 3D printed costume items, but is this really feasible?
I’ve been perusing PARTcommunity and found access to an incredible number of 3D part models.
Doom is arguably the quintessential first-person shooter that spawned one of the most popular video game genres of all time.
Gamers are a popular user community employing desktop 3D printers to enhance their gaming experience, and now there’s a new project that should make that usage even easier.
There’s a large new set of 3D models focused on anatomy, courtesy of a collaboration between Threeding.com and Artec.
A project to digitally recover ancient artifacts destroyed by ISIS fanatics has begun to bear fruit.
We’re testing Morphi on one of our lab iPads, and it seems to be a very good introductory 3D modeling tool.
We just noticed an unusual patent application from 3D print service Materialise: a three-fingered “gripper”. What does this mean?
A team from The Smithsonian and Autodesk are performing an intricate 3D scan of the actual Apollo 11 capsule.
Printable Scenery has been producing 3D models for RPGs for quite a while, but now they’ve launched a huge new collection.
3D print service i.Materialise announced they’re now able to accept uploads of no less than 42 different 3D file formats.
MakerBot’s in-house 3D model repository made history this week by achieving what no other 3D printable model site has done: one million models!
3DKitbash is a 3D model community dedicated to printable models, but their inventory includes some interesting twists.
Disney has created an interesting 3D augmented reality app that is able to color 3D models, but could this benefit 3D printing?
3D Hubs has landed yet another interesting partnership, but we think their deal with TurboSquid could be an important milestone.
Researchers at MIT have developed “Fab Forms”, a system that pre-tests thousands of variations of a 3D model to simplify end user design.
Did you know that US space agency NASA offers a formidable set of 3D models available for 3D printing?
3DP Unlimited manufactures some very large 3D printers, and now they’ve demonstrated exactly how large by 3D printing their own staff!
A small startup called STL Hive hopes to become the hub for 3D models for “students, hobbyists and inventors”. But we found a lot of RC and Robotics models.
Arin Panait is a Romanian hobbyist with an affection for 1960’s trucks that’s so deep he’s developed several incredible 3D models of them. And he needs your help.
There’s no shortage of online sources for printable 3D content these days, and another good option is Pinshape.
We found a large repository of free 3D models, but there’s one catch: its pages appear in Chinese. But that’s not a problem.
3D model repository Cults announced a partnership with 3D Hubs that involves integrating the community 3D printing network directly into Cults’ repository.
Capcom, makers of many notable video games over the past 32 years, now makes use of 3D printing to bring a spotlight on their new game, Street Fighter V.
While we were amazed at MyMiniFactory’s current operations during our recent tour, what’s even more interesting are their plans for the future.
We recently visited MyMiniFactory headquarters in London where were quite surprised to see the scope of their operations.
Artficial is a new source for interesting 3D models and prints, focusing on historical sculptures.
How good is your 3D printer? It’s sometimes tricky to determine how it compares to others, but with a benchmark object you can do so more easily.
Plastic filament provider 3D Filament Shop has been scanning things. Including a baby.
MakerBot has formalized their “customizer” capability in Thingiverse in a collection of “ready to go” applications that can quickly generate specific 3D models.
We were directed to a 3D model of the soon-to-be famous Solarimpulse.
Tired of Thingiverse? Unfulfilled at YouMagine? Perhaps you’d like to try Wamungo, another 3D model repository.
YouMagine has announced a new type of licensing scheme for 3D print designs, the 3DPL.
If you’re unable to obtain the 3D model you require for a print, just design it yourself. But what if you can’t?
It’s been discovered how to obtain 3D models of items within McMaster-Carr’s massive parts catalog.
Do you have a habit of 3D printing skulls? There’s a top ten list for that.
Today MyStemKits launched on Kickstarter, with the goal of providing effective 3D prints for educators.
A “hobby project” provides downloads of items based on Bungie’s Destiny game.
A museum in Lincolnshire, UK, has made available highly detailed 3D scans of many of their works.
The other week NASA transmitted a wrench to the International Space Station by 3D printing. We did it, too.
A project by Poland’s Fucco Design created replicas of large church figurines in wood.
The Dodo Bird is definitely extinct, but only in reality. It’s alive and well in the 3D world.
In a move to match other major museums, the venerable British Museum has made several 3D models available for download.
Interested in mathematically-generated 3D models? We have a site you should check out.
Printed figurines can be amazing, but what about making them move? You can do so with Modio.
Voxelizer is the software made for ZMorph 3D printers, but it also may offer something for those who don’t use that machine.
The US space agency NASA has released two dozen printable 3D models of spacecraft and alien worlds.
Toy giant Hasbro has struck a deal with Shapeways to provide access to some of their copyrighted characters.
Several readers suggested we check out Magicube, a new repository for free 3D models. So we did.
While 3D Hubs may be one of the largest networks of independently operated 3D printers, it really just provides access to printing. Until today, that is, with the addition of a new content service.
When there’s an important date, people like to celebrate. In the USA on this July 4th artist Don Foley is celebrating by giving away an incredible multi-part 3D model.
Our friends at Norway-based Uformit are looking for an intern to help develop interactive 3D designs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) has opened its own public repository of printable 3D models.
3D model repository Threeding has done something interesting: they’ve created an app.
We’re amazed by Todd Doehring’s Meshagons, which are 3D printable “tetrahedral finite element (FE) mesh sculptures”.
In the most absolute and ultimate technology contrast possible, researchers have 3D printed handles for primitive flint-knapped hand axes.
With controversy brewing around the most popular 3D model repository, Thingiverse, some ask what alternative repos may exist. We found more than a few.
We’re checking out a new 3D model repository that recently launched: Redpah.