Apr. 21, 2015 | By Alec

While 3D Hubs is already enabling users throughout the world to 3D print objects through their network of 3D printers, that process is about to become easier than ever before. For 3D Hubs and Thingiverse have just announced a partnership that will see an extra button appear alongside designs on Thingiverse that will enable users to immediately 3D print those files through a 3D hub near them.

This integration of 3D Hubs services through the ‘Get This Printed’ button will practically bring the largest 3D printable file repository together with the largest 3D printing platform. MakerBot’s Thingiverse is of course the best known website for finding and uploading fun, original and open source designs and currently features approximately 700,000 separate designs already. 3D Hubs, meanwhile, is currently hosting a network of 15,000 3D printing hubs, making the two partners a natural fit.

Through a press of a button, Thingiverse users will now be able to 3D print objects with minimal hassle and even recognize and support those designers who’ve shared their designs with the rest of the world. Thingiverse designers will also be given the option of suggesting a tip for using their design, which users can choose to pay through the payment section on 3D Hubs. That tip will go straight to the designer, we have been assured.

Just some of the designs selected for kicking off this new 3D printing option.

Both parties have also expressed their belief that this partnership will increase the adoption of 3D printing by consumers. Joey Neal, Chief Experience Officer with MakerBot, said this partnership was a natural next step in expanding their ecosystem. ‘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.’

Bram de Zwart, CEO and co-founder of 3D Hubs, called it an important step towards making 3D printing a mainstream technology. ‘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.’

To kick off this integration, Thingiverse has chosen eight popular designers who are the first to integrate the ‘Get This Printed’ into their Thingiverse designers, while the rest of the users will be able to do so in the near future.

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 of 3D Kit Bash – 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.

All eight designs chosen can be seen in the clip below.


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Charlie wrote at 12/20/2016 3:19:28 AM:

I can't find the "Get This Printed" button, was it removed?

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