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November 09, 2012

MakerBot Intros Thingiverse Website Features

Two new features have been introduced on MakerBot’s Thingiverse website to help users find, manage, and “follow” their preferable digital designs. MakerBot has added a new Thingiverse dashboard and "follow" feature that speeds up the process of tracking digital designs and other favorite things on this website.

Thingiverse from MakerBot, a global specialist in desktop 3D printing, has been designed to enable people download and share digital designs. The website was launched in 2008 and today it offers over 25,000 digital ‘Things’ ready to be downloaded.

Users can create most of these digital designs and print them by using the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

MakerBot claims Things on Thingiverse have been downloaded more than 500,000 in the past three months alone and has crossed the 8.5 million mark since its launch.

“Thingiverse has been a driving force in the world of 3D desktop printing for some time,” said Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot, in a statement. “I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is check-out what has been uploaded to Thingiverse.”

Pettis attributes the success of creative 3D printing to the creative designers in the company. He specifically notes the designer Erik Durwood who designed the famous mascot for the company and a Filamometer that can measure how much filament a person is using.

Mike Moceri has also contributed a lot to Thingiverse as he has scanned over 230 people and shared neatly organized sets on the website. He was in news last month for introducing the work of California-based artist Cosmo Wenman at the 3D PrintShow London 2012, October 19-21.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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