A 3D model lookup site has quite a variety of search methods.
Printables has been forced to de-list dozens of 3D models referencing “Honda”.
This week’s question is about obtaining or making 3D models for printing.
A third-party customizer service can handle Thingiverse 3D models.
A paper released last month describes an efficient method for splitting 3D models, enabling 3D printing of large objects on smaller machines.
Charles R. Goulding and Arianna Coger look at how a children’s TV show pivot could make good use of 3D printing technology.
Prusa Research announced unique reward and badging systems for their PrusaPrinters site, and there are some very interesting implications.
Researchers have developed a process for 3D printing tactile replicas of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and associated objects.
DesignSpark and SnapEDA launched a new service for downloading 3D models of electronic components.
The latest version of Meshlab improves several processing features, and it remains one of the essential open source tools for 3D mesh modelers.
A tool manufacturer has leveraged 3D printing to make their product more attractive to buyers.
A new 3D model customization tool called “Polygana” seems to be under development.
Thangs introduced an amazing new feature: augmented reality.
Could NFTs — Non Fungible Tokens — resolve key issues in 3D printing? What problems would they solve?
A great deal of incredibly imaginative work has been done by the community to replace the sometimes-problematic Prusa MMU2S Buffer.
3D model repository Thangs added some useful new features.
I haven’t seen an example of this type of online 3D model store appear for some time.
I’ve learned of an amazing form of 3D printing usage that I suspect many construction companies don’t yet know.
A new meta search engine for 3D models is available: Thangs.
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.
A software hack allows export of 3D data from Google Maps for use in other 3D modeling programs.
Turbosquid’s Kraken 3D Asset Management system provides new ways to manage 3D models online.
This week’s selection is “Close-Range Photogrammetry and 3D Imaging” by Thomas Luhmann, Stuart Robson, Stephen Kyle and Jan Boehm.
LithophaneMaker is a fascinating free service that allows you to generate all imaginable types of 3D printed lithophane models.
It turns out the Smithsonian has a relatively large (for museums) library of downloadable 3D models for 3D printing. We’re trying one now.
A new AI-based system can generate incredibly realistic human faces. What if the same technology was turned towards 3D printing?
STEMFIE is a new venture designed to offer 3D printable components to children to help them learn mechanics in the 21st century.
Toy Rescue is a new initiative that proposes to supply 3D models of commonly broken toy parts to the public for 3D printing.
A researcher wants to know more about how you use photogrammetry, and you can fill out his survey to help a research project.
What is Design Feedback with 3D Printing? It is a technique used by architects to solve highly complex building construction designs.
Thingiverse is the largest printable 3D model repository on the planet, but it doesn’t seem to be progressing. We know why.
What plans does the new CEO of MyMiniFactory have? We don’t know and a puzzling post on their blog doesn’t really clear things up at all.
Having trouble separating a 3D model into pieces for color 3D printing? Now a new tool, SimplyColor3D, allows easy segmentation for Prusa MMU2S or Palette2 .
This week’s selection is “3D Printing for Model Engineers: A Practical Guide” by Neil Wyatt.
Today I am testing a new 3D model search service, 3Dfind.it.
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on additional 3D print design tips.
This week’s selection is “The Handbook of Model-making for Set Designers” by Colin Winslow.
I’m thinking a lot about Prusa’s new 3D model repository, and wondering what it might mean.
A new and potentially game-changing 3D model repository has appeared: PrusaPrinters.
Ever since the appearance of personal 3D printing, there’s been an awful problem: searching for 3D models.
We recently published a story on an incident that caused many 3D models on Thingiverse to be removed. Now, we know a lot more.
Thingiverse has dropped a number of 3D models from its repository, according to multiple reports.
If you hadn’t noticed, IKEA has a small 3D model repository available to the public.
Researchers at MIT have developed a practical method of reverse engineering 3D models.
At an abstract level, every new project is composed of three elements:
Long time 3D model repository Cults has reached several significant milestones.
3D software maker Frustum released a Windows version of their powerful GENERATE tool.
I’m looking at an ancillary additive manufacturing service that secures intellectual property.
Some things are difficult to explain without a visual aid, but that’s not an option for people who are blind.
London-based MyMiniFactory opened their online 3D model store last month.
This week’s selection is “Polygon Mesh Processing” by Mario Botsch, Leif Kobbelt, Mark Pauly, Pierre Alliez, and Bruno Levy.
FoldStar provides a very unusual 3D model generation system.
A recent post from Pinshape provides some interesting insights into the thinking patterns of those who buy 3D models online.
There seems to be a secret plan by EOS and 3YOURMIND to 3D print a great deal more items than is done today.
We’ve just done a quick test of a new 3D model repair tool, CUR3D Maker Edition.
Google announced what will likely become an enormous 3D model repository.
Creating a 3D model in VR isn’t as revolutionary as it once was.
A new project can keep you up to date on the latest publicly available 3D models.
Israeli 3D designer Asher Nahmias, aka Dizingof, has unexpectedly marked many incredible designs as free downloads.
I realized something utterly fascinating about the 3D Face Reconstruction project we wrote on this week.
Thingiverse was perhaps the first repository of 3D models dedicated to 3D printing and making. Now we know a lot more about it.
We haven’t written about MakePrintable for a while, but today is a good today to do so.
3D print workflow provider Authentise announced something they call “geometric search”, and it’s quite interesting.
I’m trying out a new online service that hopes to enable makers to work together on open source hardware projects.
In what could be a very powerful partnership, 3D model analysis firm 3YOURMIND is working with EOS to identify printable parts.
Optimizing mechanical designs is a complex process and now there’s another option for doing so.
A very interesting report at Hackaday describes a very unusual product from Robo (formerly Robo 3D).
There are countless small services offering access to 3D models these days, but a look at PatternSpace revealed a bit more than expected.
Have you ever had a “bad” STL file? I certainly have. Fixing them is often a tricky business.
Earlier we wrote a story on LayerTrove, a new Scotland-based startup that happens to be selling unlicensed 3D content. But how often does this occur? It turns out to be astonishingly frequent.
LayerTrove is a Scotland-based 3D model store who have just launched a 3D models series that may bring them troubles in the future.
If you’ve ever stood in the shower wondering if you could be sued because you made a certain 3D model of a certain brand of car, wonder no more.
You know when you cried into that bucket of bolts because you couldn’t find the matching hardware? Those were sad, rough times.
Skriware launched late last year with a reasonably successful Kickstarter campaign, but where are they now?
3D model repository service Threeding has announced a new partnership that’s resulted in a large number of animal anatomy 3D models.
There’s an insidious problem growing in the 3D model marketplaces: search. And it sucks.
Everyone knows Thingiverse, it’s the largest printable 3D model repository around. But what are some other ones to consider?
It’s a very tough business these days running a printable 3D model shop, but 3DShook seems to be experimenting with a variety of different shopping methods to overcome the challenges.
There are countless web-based 3D model repositories, but none are quite like Wevolver, who focus on actually doing practical something with your 3D prints.
Based on how the 3D print industry has evolved, it is now our opinion that it’s next to impossible to successfully launch a 3D model sharing site.
We received a note from Kwambio who apparently have launched a new 3D model/print service.
The AIO Robotics ZEUS desktop 3D printer seems to have far greater software powers than other devices.
We’ve seen the appearance of a couple of finger-based iPad applications, but now there’s one specifically designed for the iPad Pro and its Apple Pencil.
Korea-based Syncky is not a 3D model repository, but instead a site where you can order many different 3D printed products.
We’re checking out a new tool to generate custom-designed 3D models of rings and another to “solidify” your voice!
France’s postal service, La Poste just set up a comprehensive 3D model repository to power their network of 3D printers.
We found a terrific meta-site for sourcing publicly available 3D models: Yobi3D.
If you haven’t tried Autodesk Memento for optical 3D processing, you might want to, especially now that it’s available for both Windows and OS X.
Voronization is a tricky process to transform your 3D model into a very complex structure – but now there’s a simple way to do it: The Voronator!
3D model repository Formsfield has taken an unusual step to recruit designers for their product shelves: they’re guaranteeing payments!
We’re checking out Sharestation 3D, a site dedicated to 3D printed electronics projects.
3D model community MyMiniFactory announced they’ve now attracted over 100,000 registered users.
A new cloud-based 3D model repair service, MakePrintable is in the works, and it may become quite popular based on its functionality and extensibility.
New 3D printer owners might be having fun printing pre-designed 3D models, but what if you need to produce a custom object on demand? Here’s how to do it.
Recently we wrote of a newly encountered 3D model repository, dayin.la, which holds plenty of interesting 3D content, but now it seems the site has used some models without permission.