Update October 2, 2023: Relaunch: UltiMaker presents 3D model platform Thingiverse in new design
Thingiverse, the largest platform for 3D printed models, is facing major changes. After the merger of operators MakerBot and Ultimaker last year, only minor updates have been made so far. Now the operators have announced an extensive redesign.
Since June, Thingiverse has been operating under the new name “Ultimaker Thingiverse” and bears the company logo of the merged 3D printer manufacturer UltiMaker. In addition to technical improvements, the website was given a more modern look at the time.
Other smaller updates in the summer optimized, for example, the 3D model viewer and the notifications. Now a teaser gives first hints of a retread of the Thingiverse website, which is supposed to arrive on October 2.
The exact extent of the changes is still unclear. Apparently, however, the design and user interface of the 3D model platform will be comprehensively revised. This is likely to be necessary in order to keep up with the competition.
Despite its leading position, Thingiverse had hardly undergone any significant further development in recent years. Other providers like Printables from Prusa offer many community features.