A few days ago we reported that 3D printer manufacturer UltiMaker would be releasing a major update to popular 3D model platform Thingiverse in October. Today was the day. The team has invested intensive work in the optimization of functions and user-friendliness over the last few months. Now the provider presents the results in the form of numerous improvements and a completely renewed appearance.
One of the most obvious changes is the revised design, which now visually aligns Thingiverse with UltiMaker’s other offerings. Also, as is common with other platforms, Thingiverse now hosts design contests.
Clearer model and make pages
The detail pages for uploaded 3D models (“Things”) and the resulting prints (“Makes”) have been completely redesigned to be much more intuitive and user-friendly. These changes will soon be extended to the entire site.
Finding and downloading STL files for 3D printing has been simplified with a new carousel view. With one click, the available STL files can be conveniently scrolled through and downloaded directly.
Modular page structure and modernized code
The components of the page have been made modular so they can be reused on different pages. This also improves compatibility with various devices, especially on mobile devices. Behind the scenes, the team says the code has also been modernized, simplifying further maintenance while adding new features and providing a smoother user experience.
In addition to these visible improvements, Thingiverse has also seen many technical tweaks in recent months, from the search function to mobile device support, as well as an improved share and comment feature. A changelog keeps users up to date on all changes.
Despite its leading position, Thingiverse had seen little significant development in recent years. Other platforms, such as Printables by Prusa, could therefore score with a modern interface and several community features in the past. The new update of Thingiverse shows that UltiMaker has recognized the signs of the times and is putting more resources into the platform again.