MakerBot’s Ready Apps

MakerBot has formalized their “customizer” capability in Thingiverse in a collection of “ready to go” applications that can quickly generate specific 3D models. 

The Dirty Details on a 3D Model Theft

We’re reading a very detailed account of the theft and exploitation of a 3D model theft that recently took place – and was successfully resolved. 

Has MakerBot Crossed The Line? For Some, Yes

Controversy this week regarding MakerBot’s aggressive patent filings. Why the controversy? Because the concepts were originally donated by supporters in good faith to further the cause of 3D printing. And now MakerBot has patented them.  

Finally! Verified For 3D Printing

MakerBot’s 3D model service, Thingiverse, has announced a very important new feature: Verified Prints. It’s a certification program that attempts to indicate which 3D models

The Thing Tracker Proposal

How many things are there? It seems like a silly question, but hear us out. There are many possible things. An infinite number of them,

How Many Things at Thingiverse? Lots!

3D printing is taking off, if one believes the signals seen this year. Another milestone was reached last week by popular repository Thingiverse, who declared

Design of the Week: Filament Clip

This week’s selection is a purely functional design: the Filament Clip by Thingiverse maker Elk.    There’s not much to say about its structure, because


Oh dear. This was bound to happen. There’s now a parody of 3D model repository Thingiverse called, “Dongiverse”. As you might expect, it appears to

Testing the Customizer

The magic of 3D printing is that you can make something totally unique that has never existed before; something that’s just right for you.   


Thingiverse may be the world’s largest free and open 3D printing community. MakerBot Thingiverse has, much like the desktop 3D printing industry, undergone several iterations and changes. Much like the 3D printing industry, there has been a shift from a focus on home users and hobbyists 3D printing toys and games to educators, designers printing art, and manufacturers printing tools, jigs, parts and accessories. It has changed from experimental usage to become an educational tool on one hand and a tool for rapid prototyping for commercial customers on the other.

Thingiverse Education has become the go to destination for educators as a resource to prepare the next generation of students for the workplace of tomorrow. They come to the community to gain access to the resources they need to successfully bring 3D printing into their classroom. This includes hundreds of 3D printing lesson plans and a thriving group of thousands of STEM educators around the world.

The Thingiverse community has uploaded over 3 million 3D models, and it continues to grow every day with notable things including the famous 3D Benchy, the cute mini octopus, the filament clip and the baby groot.

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