MakerBot Announces New "Collections" Feature as Phase Two in Thingiverse Evolution
(GlobeNewswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MakerBot's
Thingiverse website, the
best place to get and share downloadable 3D "Things," is going
through an evolution. Some exciting recent updates have
included a new Dashboard, a Follow Feature, and as of today, a new
way to create "Collections" on Thingiverse to organize all of your
MakerBot's Thingiverse website, the best place to get and share downloadable 3D "Things," is going through an evolution. Some exciting recent updates have included a new Dashboard, a Follow Feature, and as of today, a new way to create "Collections" on Thingiverse to organize all of your favorite things! "Since the beginning of Thingiverse, 3D printing
enthusiasts have been using 'Favorites' by clicking 'Like.'
They have always craved a way to organize their favorites, and now
they can," said Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot
Industries, which owns and operates the Thingiverse website.
Thingiverse is MakerBot's open resource for
3-dimensional designs. The popular site offers more than
25,000 3-dimensional items and has had more than 8.5 million
downloads of 3D objects for printing since the site began in
2009. Thingiverse has also had more than 500,000 downloads in
the last 90 days alone. If you are looking for inspiration or
specific items to print, Thingiverse is the place you want to
With Thingiverse's new Collections feature, users have the
ability to create not just one collection of their favorites, but
as many collections as they want. These Collection themes can
be "Things I Absolutely Have to Print," or "Holiday Ornaments,"
"Replacement Parts," "Things with Moving Parts," "Houses &
Buildings," "Medical Devices," "Fun Things," "Household Items,"
"Gifts" and more.
To make a "Collection," users find items they
like and then just click "Collect It!" It's that
simple. This new button has been in use by Beta members for
several weeks and is now available to everyone! You don't
even need to visit the main page for a Thing - you can collect
something directly from the thumbnail on the main page.
Thingiverse users will also be able to see updates to Collections
in their Dashboards. Whenever something has been added to a
Collection, you can see this from the main page of a Thing.
MakerBot will also be "Featuring" Collections,
so the race is on to create the best collections on all of
Thingiverse! A curated page will show the best Collections on
the site. Some of the recommended Collections already on the
tutorials, by aubenc
toppers, by tomburtonwood
obsession, by MakeALot
Chains and chain mail, by melodiousb
things, by Ansel
Gear, by 7777773
Al users will start with a "Things to Make"
Collection right when they login; it's up to them to fill it up
with all of the great items they love on Thingiverse.
"This systematic way of organizing favorites is
a great tool for using Thingiverse," said Pettis. "We've
watched the evolution of items being added to the site, how our
users favorite items, and listened to their comments for ways to
improve the site even more, and are excited to announce this new
Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot®
(www.makerbot.com) has grown
to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16
percent market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal)
made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6
percent market share. In 2012, MakerBot estimates that it now has a
25 percent market share of the 3D printer market. There are
more than 15,000 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 has been named Popular Mechanics "Overall Winner" for best
3D printer and was honored as one of Time Magazine's Best
Inventions of 2012. In addition, MakerBot was named "Best
Emerging Tech" at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, won Popular
Mechanics Editor's Choice Award, the Popular Science Product of the
Year, and recently was awarded the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by
Design Award. 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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CONTACT: Jenifer Howard
Source: MakerBot Industries
2012 GlobeNewswire, Inc.
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