Thingiverse (www.thingiverse.com) is not actually a program, but is instead described on its own website as “a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things.” So, an online universe of things…hence the clever naming. It is “the world’s largest 3D printing community,” and they “believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience.” Thingiverse is also open to all and FREE to use – just create an account and get moving, or rather, get making J
Thinigverse enables you to “make” (print something that already exists, remix an already existing design, or personalize a pre-existing template), “share” (upload a custom design for others to print/remix/personalize), and “discover” (see what’s out there in the realm of 3D design and printing).
Thingiverse is a great site to visit to “dip your toes” into the world of 3D printing with little to no previous knowledge/experience and little commitment. If you have a 3D printer, all you have to do is upload whatever file you download from Thinigverse onto the printer platform, select your filament color and load it into the printer, and hit “print”, “make”, or whatever the command for you 3D printer is.
The universality and easy-to-use features of Thingiverse made it a logical first-choice for us to use in BUS 358. Our first project was to print something, anything, off of Thingiverse.