There are many people who find it interesting that there are 3D printers but they see it as something far away that is used in the industry or as something that only studies are done without any use in some American universities. We are sorry to tell you that all these people are totally wrong, we must not look at printers as a tool of the future, we must think of them as the drill or the toolbox that we already have at home. In a very short period of time, its price will drop significantly (some models already have a very affordable price) and they will find a place in each house. Already there are large online repositories in which we can look for the piece that interests us and print it quietly at home. One of the best known and that houses the largest number of objects is Thingiverse.
Thingiverse has more than 600 thousand designs and one million users. It is an online reference portal that serves as a meeting point for the maker community from all over the world to share their designs. In this article we will introduce you to its use and we will show you some objects that you can find for yourself.
The first thing we will have to do is register (free of charge) to have a user who will be associated with some of the actions that we can perform within the portal (such as saving favorites and organizing them in collections to our liking.
We already have our user, let's see a little more in depth what it allows us.
In this screenshot we see what the use of having a user is for us. In addition to including personal information to describe ourselves to other users, we can:
- Upload designs and share them with the community. We can even specify that we want them to be able to do them.
- We can upload photos of our printed objects to show the rest of the world how it has been printed on us.
- Download Designs from other users for our own use.
- We can bookmark other users' designs and sort them into groups based on our own criteria.
And to finish this article we encourage you to do a search for everything you can think of. You will be surprised to discover that with a printer we can print anything the only limit is in our imagination. We leave you with some examples that serve as inspiration.