Thingiverse: Discover, Make, And Share 3D Printer Designs

Thingiverse: Discover, Make, And Share 3D Printer Designs
by TeachThought Staff
From a press release
BROOKLYN, N.Y., October 29, 2015 — MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community, reached a landmark one million uploads and 200 million downloads on its platform. What began in 2008 as a website exclusively for the burgeoning maker community has grown into a robust gateway to 3D printing and 3D design for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide including educators, professional engineers and designers.
“We believe that the impact Thingiverse has had on 3D printing and 3D design in its seven years is tremendous,” said Nadav Goshen, president of MakerBot. “Thingiverse has helped popularize 3D printing by creating a vibrant community and making it easy to discover, make and share 3D designs.  It has become the go-to place on the Internet for anyone interested in 3D design and 3D printing. We are excited to see what people come up with next.”
MakerBot founded Thingiverse in a Brooklyn-based hacker space because they wanted a place on the Internet where they could share physical objects. At the time, such a site didn’t exist. When Thingiverse was created, most of its users were small-scale manufacturers, engineers, or people who owned a 3D printer. During its first six months, the site averaged between 30 and 40 uploads per week. Today, Thingiverse boasts more than 2 million active monthly users and 1.7 million downloads per month. It is also the home to a number of competitions …