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Type of site
Available in English
Owner MakerBot Industries
Created by Zach "Hoeken" Smith, Bre Pettis
Revenue Advertisement
Slogan(s) This is a place to share digital designs that can be made into real, physical objects. Let's create a better universe, together!
Alexa rank 76,775
Registration Optional
Launched 18 October 2008
Current status Active

Thingiverse is a website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files. Providing primarily open source hardware designs licensed under the GNU General Public License or Creative Commons licenses, users choose the type of user license they wish to attach to the designs they share. 3D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and many other technologies can be used to physically create the files shared by the users on Thingiverse.

Thingiverse is widely used in the DIY technology and Maker communities, by the RepRap Project, and by 3D Printer and MakerBot operators. Numerous technical projects use Thingiverse as a repository for shared innovation and dissemination of source materials to the public. Many of the objects are for the purpose of repair.[1]


Thingiverse was started in November 2008[2] by Zach Smith as a companion site to MakerBot Industries, a DIY 3D printer kit making company.

Thingiverse received an Honorable Mention in the Digital Communities category of the 2010 ARS Electronica | Prix Ars Electronica international competition for cyber-arts.[3]

There were 25,000 designs uploaded to Thingiverse as of November 2012[4] and more than 100,000 in June 2013.[5] The 400,000th Thing was published on the 19 July 2014.[6]


The site is owned by MakerBot Industries and run by one of its founders, Bre Pettis in Brooklyn, New York.

Thingiverse terms of use include the agreement that users don't include content that "contributes to the creation of weapons, illegal materials or is otherwise objectionable".[7]

Open source hardware[edit]

Where many open source hardware projects are focused on project-specific materials, Thingiverse provides a common ground from which derivatives[8] and mashups[9] can form.

Thingiverse contains many improvements and modifications that are generated by the community that surrounds open source hardware. There are numerous files to open-source improve, upgrade and modify RepRap and Contraptor 3D printers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Make and Mend: Thingiverse fixit roundup, by John Baichtal, 16 August 2010". 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  2. ^ Previous post Next post (2008-11-20). " Launches A Library of Printable Objects, Wired; GeekDad by John Baichtal, November 20, 2008". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  3. ^ Austria. "2010 ARS Electronica | Prix Ars Electronica | Digital Communities | ANERKENNUNGEN". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  4. ^ "Introducing MakerBot Thingiverse Dashboard And Follow Features". Makerbot blog.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "The 100,000th Thing on Thingiverse!". Makerbot blog.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ 400 000th thing on Thingiverse
  7. ^ "Daily Dot". 
  8. ^ "Prusa simplified mendel by prusajr". 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Duplo Brick to Brio Track adapter with snap-lock by Zydac". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 

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