3D Hubs and Thingiverse are excited to announce a new partnership to bring 3D printing to those who don’t own or have access to a 3D printer.
By connecting the world’s largest 3D print design community of Thingiverse to3D Hubs, the world’s largest 3D printing network, we enable over 700,000 designs to be directly 3D printed at 15,000 locations worldwide.
A 3D print button will be featured on the Thingiverse website, which gives users the option to send desired designs directly to the nearest 3D printer via 3D Hubs and have it made straight away.
To kick off the partnership, Thingiverse has initially selected eight popular designers to integrate the 3D print button next to their designs and more will be added soon. These selected designers now have the ability to suggest a tip for using their design, which users can choose to pay within the purchase process on 3D Hubs. This fee goes directly to the designer as recognition and credit for their great work.
A 3D Hubs badge will be added to designs that are instantly printable via 3D Hubs.
“Working with 3D Hubs is a natural next step as we continue to grow our MakerBot 3D Ecosystem,” noted Joey Neal, Chief Experience Officer with MakerBot. “At MakerBot, we are continuing to look for ways to get 3D printing into the hands of more people. 3D Hubs has built an incredible network to fulfill 3D prints locally, which we see as a natural fit for integration into the Thingiverse community.”
“This collaboration marks an important step in striving to make 3D printing universally accessible,” said Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder of 3D Hubs. “By connecting our global 3D printer network to the world’s largest 3D print design community, we enable people to 3D print almost anything, anywhere in the world. This is truly about bringing together creativity and production power.”
The eight designers that are participating in the initial launch of the Thingiverse 3D Hubs partnership are:
Arian Croft (aka Dutchmogel) – designer and creator of Pocket-Tactics and co-founder of Ill Gotten Games. Arian Croft is a prolific and popular 3D designer with more than 272 3D designs on Thingiverse.
Bold Machines – The Innovation Workshop at Stratasys that was created and founded by MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis. Bold Machines partners with innovators to explore new approaches to industrial and personal applications and fabrication through 3D printing. Bold Machines is currently working on creating characters for a feature film developed from compelling 3D-modeled characters.
Isaac Budmen – designer of sculptures, mechanical parts and amazing architectural designs. and author of The Book on 3D Printing and
Laura Taalman (aka mathgrrl) – a self-proclaimed math geek and defender of the universe, Laura Taalman is also a professor, mathematician, blogger and hacktastic 3D design/maker who embarked on 3D printing a different math shape for every day of the year last year.
Nervous System – a unique design studio that works at intersecting science art and technology through 3D design and an assortment of jewelry, art and housewares.
Quincy Robinson (3DKitbash) – a toy industry professional with a history of award-winning and noteworthy innovations that cater to Fortune 500 companies.
Simplus Design – beautiful 3D printed housewares designed by Simplus Design founders Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed.
Walter Hsiao – Walter is a prolific 3D designer that specializes in 3D printable usable parts and accessories for everyday living.