MakerBot 3D Printer Thingiverse Dashboard and Follow Feature Debut

MakerBot Thingiverse Dashboard and Follow Feature Debut

Website with 25,000+ Digital Designs for Real, Physical Objects, Gets a Makeover

MakerBot®, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, is excited to announce two new features on its Thingiverse™ website to help find, manage, and “follow” the digital designs, Things, designers, categories, and tags you like and care about most.

For those new to desktop 3D printing, MakerBot’s website Thingiverse (www.thingiverse.com) is the leading digital design destination for anyone in the world to share, discover, and download digital designs, most of which can be made and printed with the MakerBot® Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Thingiverse is the go-to place to find out how to make any physical thing. It is truly the “Thing Universe.” Since 2008, Things on Thingiverse have been downloaded more than 8.5 million times, with 500,000 downloads in the past 90-days, and as of November 1, 2012, there are more than 25,000 digital Things just waiting for you to download and make.

“Thingiverse has been a driving force in the world of 3D desktop printing for some time,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot. “I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is check-out what has been uploaded to Thingiverse. The potential for sharing and printing a 3D design created in say, Germany, with someone in Los Angeles is really happening today; we are proud to provide the creative platform that facilitates this type of sharing.”

As part of Thingiverse’s new functionality, the newly added MakerBot Thingiverse Dashboard is an all-in-one place to track your favorite “Things” (digital designs), designers, and activity on Thingiverse. With just a few clicks you can turn your Thingiverse dashboard into a home base that holds all the things you want to see and keep track of in one easy-to-access place. You can find your Dashboard by clicking the top left tab on the Thingiverse homepage when you sign in. The Thingiverse Dashboard is also your, constantly updating Thingiverse newsfeed. Use your Dashboard to:

  • Follow your favorite Thingiverse users and designers to get updates when they’ve published new Things.
  • Show you updates on your own Things: who’s downloading them, commenting on them, and remixing them.
  • Find out when someone makes or Likes one of your Things.
  • Follow tags or categories that are of interest to you so that you’ll always be up-to-date with the latest and greatest of the Things you dig.
  • Get updates about other users or things by using the Watch and Follow buttons.
  • Watch Things that other people have made to get updates on new comments or remixes[1].

Whenever there is an update, you will see a red update badge on your screen, showing the number of updates.

Thingiverse is also introducing a new”Follow” button that will connect you to the things, digital designs, designers, users, tags, categories: all the stuff you care about most. By following a Thing, you’ll get a notification when someone comments on it, makes a copy of it, or remixes it. Some new digital designs inspire a whole family of new Things, and the Follow button helps you keep track of those.

You can follow another user or designer, and you’ll always know what they are up to.

“We have some of the most creative 3D printing enthusiasts on Thingiverse,” noted Pettis. “Designers like Erik Durwood actually gave us a very important member of the MakerBot family, our R. Maker mascot!”

Some of Durwood’s other contributions have ranged from a Filamometer to measure how much filament you’re using, to a functioning lunch box. His designs are simple, creative, practical, and always masterfully executed. Thingiverse is also a place for people to become pioneers within one certain area. Mike Moceri has become exactly that in the world of 3D scanning other people. Mike has scanned more than 230 people using an Xbox Kinect and the software ReconstructMe and shared nicely organized sets on Thingiverse. He’s also a go-to resource for scanning with 123D Catch, and a real leader on Thingiverse.

As part of MakerBot’s new Thingiverse features, MakerBot is recommending a few “top Things to follow” that have been remixed a bunch of times or inspired cool new ideas, such as:

  • Pin Connectors V2 by Tony Buser
  • Screwless Heart Gears by Emmett
  • Clutch by prettysmallthings
  • Owl statue by cushwa
  • Chain Generator by Sal
  • Twisted Gear Lamp/Vase by BenitoSanduchi
  • Eleventh Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver by TheNewHobbyist
  • Snap together lamp by MakerBot(based on this design by Mattraptions)
  • Cute Octopus Says Hello by MakerBot

For years, Thingiverse users have also been tagging their uploads with useful descriptors to make browsing easier. Recently, the Thingiverse team introduced Categories for an even quicker drill-down experience into the Things that interest you most. Now you can Follow a Tag or a Category to get those updates in your Dashboard. If you’re a teacher, the Learning Category is a great one to Follow right off the bat. If your interest is more specific – say, Thanksgiving, or Masks – finding the right Tag is your best bet. Find a list of our favorites at the bottom of this post.

Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot® (www.makerbot.com) has grown to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16% market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6% market share. There are more than 13,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things. The first generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, has won Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award, the Popular Science Product of the Year, and MakerBot recently was awarded with the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by Design Awards, and one of Time magazines Best Inventions of 2012, as well as the Best IT-Hardware at the World Technology Summit. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time.com, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.

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