|Industry||Internet, 3D Printing|
|Founded||Austin, TX (2013)|
|Products||See "Products and Solutions"|
DEFCAD, Inc. is an Austin-based startup that has created a search engine and web portal for designers and hobbyists to find and develop 3D printable and other CAD models online launched by Defense Distributed.
When Makerbot Industries' removed firearms-related 3D Printable files at the public repository Thingiverse in December 2012, the open source software firm Defense Distributed launched DEFCAD as a companion site to publicly host the removed files and its own. Public and community submissions to DEFCAD rose quickly, and in March 2013, at the SXSW Interactive festival, Cody Wilson announced a repurposed and expanded site and company that would serve as a 3D search engine and development hub.
Products and Solutions
DEFCAD began as a respository where users could upload and download CAD models, but quickly became a community with the addition of an IRC channel and public forums. The site has over 2,500 community users and offers access to over 100,000 models.
In August 2013, DEFCAD released the public alpha of its 3D search engine which indexes public object repositories and allows users to add their own objects.
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- "DEFCAD Forums". August 3, 2013.