If you don’t know it yet I suggest you visit it, (click HERE to go to Thingiverse) and go to download some of more than a million free and downloadable models. Basically it is a website where users can share original 3D models, drawings and ideas. The models range in every known field. For example there are all kinds of gadgets, jewelry, organizational items, toys, spare parts and more. Think about one thing… there is! After more than eight years of activity its users have created everything.
I myself helped, in my small way, to add some models, I leave you the link to my 3 most appreciated models:
- Complete, functional and working telescope: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3586112
- Rotating base for painting objects: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2909580
- Test of retraction setting: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3929498
Surely the greatest value that Thingiverse has for most of its end users is the fact that everything can be freely and totally downloaded for free.
So why do I propose alternatives, you ask yourself, if I speak so well of Thingiverse?
Because as you obviously know perfection does not exist, and despite it is an excellent project, developed by those who have broad shoulders and wallet in shape has some shade and some aspect that can be improved.
Among these the most serious, in my opinion, is that not all the designs were actually designed for printing, or rather, include some difficulties that can complicate the success of the creation of the object.
Another small flaw is that amateurs creates the models, you do not look for maximum precision in all aspects, what you could expect by buying a model from a professional designer.
Lately the fame of this site makes it inaccessible, from excessive traffic for a few hours a day. And in other cases where the inaccessibility lasts for a long time, unrelated to traffic.
Staying with the “desire to print” and no model to download is just a bad feeling!
For these reasons I report 5 other sites, not to replace, but to support Thingiverse, to expand your modeling horizons or to use as a backup.
Alternatives to Thingiverse:
CGTrader looks professional, clean and well organized. Of its own it is a great alternative to Thingiverse. I recommend it if you are also willing to pay while having a great model. A lot of free models are also available.
- High-quality models;
- Section 3D Printing with 3D Printable Models;
- Well-designed and organized interface;
- You have to pay for almost all models;
- Opening the larger format of what we are looking at a bit invasive at the passage of the mouse;
Created exclusively for 3D printing, MyMiniFactory is a community-focused website and can boast a great selection of templates. In addition to the free some templates must be purchased. On average prices are affordable and are around a few euros, and both paid and free models are quality ones.
In addition the team of Myminifactory also deserves a note aside, are always active to try to develop the website at its best. I can quote a personal experience in this regard: when I made the telescope, and I published it on Thingiverse, shortly after the staff of Myminifactory contacted me. A guy asked me if I might be interested in publishing my project, and that it would be on the main page. What about, great inventiveness. Perhaps the best of the alternatives to Thingiverse
- Many free and high quality models;
- Relatively cheap models when not free;
- Community-oriented and welcoming experience;
- Beautiful part EDU, divided by topics and by age;
- Lots of kickstarter projects;
- It is not easy to move for the bulk of visible material;
- Models are no longer the focus around which everything revolves;
Offering a wide range of 3D models, Cults is the perfect place to find something for 3D printing. Each model on the site is 3D printable, and although some models cost, the price is usually not prohibitive, indeed very reasonable for what you receive in return. In addition, Cults has a wide selection of useful items, not just collectibles or decorative pieces..
- Many free patterns;
- Extremely cheap models when not free;
- Many useful prints in everyday life;
- Some lower quality models;
- Occasionally irrelevant search results;
- Interface a little cumbersome;
YouMagine: The most similar of the alternatives to Thingiverse
YouMagine is probably the best among the alternatives to Thingiverse in terms of similarity. Characterized by a simplistic interface, as well as many of the same features found on Thingiverse, it makes for a quick and easy to learn alternative. On the other hand it shares with the same Thingiverse many models. Browsing the gallery you live in a continuous dejàvu. Half of the models (at least) are also present in Thingiverse.
- Never slowed down by too many presences;
- Models of good quality;
- Very functional search functionality;
- There are no quality models that we can find on other sites;
- Many models are also present on Thingiverse;
Repables: The simplest of the alternatives to Thingiverse
Repables is independent and not connected to printer production houses. It’s a 3D printable file archive and noone of 3D printer manufacturer own it . Everything on the site is free and open to use, and the selection is growing rapidly. The site however is also too simple. Being completely bare however does not make it simple, on the contrary little user friendly.
- Great for lovers of simplicity;
- Simple interface allows quick download;
- The most similar of the alternatives to Thingiverse;
- Few advanced features;
- No quality standards;
- No menus, no categories, nothing!
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