Download 3D printing files from these five places

Sometimes you need a little help when it comes to design. Many of these sites feature 3D printing files that have a Creative Commons license, which allows people to edit and remix the files to continuously improve what was already there. Innovation at its best!

1. Thingiverse

Run by MakerBot, Thingiverse features different things that you can print on a MakerBot desktop 3D printer. World’s largest 3D printing community. Make and share printable things and edit or remix files to create something unique and build and improve upon the existing files. Check out these posts for some of our favourite files that work on the MakerBot.

2. Pinshape

Pinshape is a community for sharing and building upon preexisting 3D printing designs. People can choose to simply share their file or they can sell it in the marketplace. You’ll find a wide range of files to print and if you’re a designer then it’s a great place to be able to share and sell your work!

3. Youmagine

This is another website that features 3D files and has them nicely organized into categories. There is a large number of 3D files of various improvements and gadgets for the home and it’s also a great place to look for ways to improve your 3D printer. There are various suggestions on there and pieces that you can 3D print that will enhance your desktop 3D printer – kind of meta, right?

4. GrabCAD

GrabCAD caters the design community by providing various CAD (computer-aided design) files that users can grab and use as they please. If you do a quick search you’ll find that there are hundreds of CAD files that are specifically for 3D printing.

5. Instructables

Instructables is a website that offers how-to instructions on creating various things. You can find a variety of 3D projects on there that you can download for yourself and create. They have everything from how to create a 3D printed splint, how to create 3D printed shoes, or how to create custom 3D print glasses.

If you’re looking for a place where you can print these files, we now offer 3D printing at TPH or you can purchase a MakerBot desktop 3D printer from our store in Toronto.

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